With new innovations in technology, the world is becoming a more efficient place. People are waking up to the global risks that are involved with outdated forms of energy and taking advantage of smart technologies and more sustainable options. There are modern ways of using traditional energy sources, which will make them more efficient. The best part is that by reducing the amount of energy that you use; you also reduce your monthly bills.
You don’t need to invest in entirely new appliances and wiring to see a reduction in your energy usage. Here are some tips to help you start lowering your energy usage and your monthly energy bill:
Clean Your Air Ducts
Both your heating and your cooling get around your house via your air ducts. Ducts can quickly build up with dust and debris, which inhibit the circulation of air. As a result, your air conditioner or furnace needs to work harder to move the air around, thus increasing energy usage.
Ensure professionals like Kaiser Air Conditioning regularly clean your ducts, so they continue running smoothly. On top of the energy usage, you also don’t want all that dust and debris getting blown around your home.
Both your furnace and air conditioner have filters that can trap dust and other particles as they take in air. When these filters are clean, they can easily pull air through and run efficiently. If pet hair and dust are clogging them, they will use substantially more energy to function and won’t work effectively.
You should replace your filters every three months when they are in use to ensure the lowest amount of energy usage. Replacing filters will also prolong the life of your air conditioner and furnace.
Use a Clothesline
One of the most energy-sucking appliances in households is the clothes dryer. Dryers make up about 6% of total energy usage in homes, which can create a dramatic spike in your energy bill. Switch to a clothesline and dry your clothes outside or hang them inside to dry during the winter.
That simple swap alone will hugely reduce your monthly bill.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Investing in a smart thermostat can reduce your monthly cooling and heating bill by 15%. When you manually adjust your thermostat, it’s easy to forget about it and leave it up too high during the winter, or too low in the summer. You don’t need your furnace or air conditioning running in overdrive when you’re not home or when you’re asleep. A smart thermostat will learn your habits and automatically adjust them without you having to do so manually.
For example, it will keep the furnace on low when it knows you’re at work and switch back on before you get home to warm your house up again. It will also switch to low while you’re asleep, and back up before you wake up. You can even control it from an app while you’re not at home so that you can adjust the temperature based on any changes to your schedule.
How do you save on your electric bill? Let us know in the comments below!
*This article was contributed.