Have you ever looked at your energy bill in disbelief wondering how it got so out of control? Well, you’re definitely not alone. Many Americans dread opening their mailbox at the end of every month to see how severely their finances have been hit.
However, your electric bill doesn’t necessarily have to ruin your budget. Perhaps the best way to pull your electricity woes from the shadows is by throwing light on them, and can you think of anyone better to explain the mystery of electric bills than the experienced electricians here at RHK Electrical?
Well, to help you bring those skyrocketing electrical bills under control, we’ve put together a list of pro tips and guidelines.
Throw Some Shade at Your A/C
Its common knowledge that among household appliances, the air conditioner is one of the biggest power guzzlers. And did you now that air conditioning units that sit under direct sunlight consume 10% more electricity on average? So, one of the simplest things you can do to drive your electricity bill down is installing a shade over you’re A/C unit, or planting shrubs around it.
Keep Your HVAC Filters Clear and Free
When the filters of your HVAC are clogged up with dirt and debris, it has to work extra hard in order to maintain the desired indoor temperature. This not only impacts your electricity bills and indoor air quality, but can also potentially damage your HVAC system and cause it to wear out prematurely. Therefore, in order to maximize HVAC efficiency and minimize your electricity bill, make sure you change the filters of your unit on time.
Replace CFL Light Fixtures with LED Ones
Another effective way of driving down your power consumption is switching out your CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) with LED units. LED bulbs not only consume 70 to 90% less energy compared to their incandescent counterparts, but also last up to 15 times longer!
And that’s not all! LED are also significantly more energy efficient than traditional fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, which means they convert a smaller percentage of the energy they consume into heat. When your home is being illuminated by LEDs, you’re A/C or HVAC doesn’t have to work extra hard to cool your home, which naturally means it consumes less power.