Plan Your Electric Bill Reduction Project Carefully
For homes with higher electric bills than desired, GreenHomes recommends a quality energy audit. For example, energy audits offer a simple path for understanding your electric bill reduction project. When done properly, an energy audit pinpoints the true sources of electrical waste in your home. The energy audit creates a roadmap or plan for creating a more energy efficient home.
Electric Bill Reduction Tips
Additionally, GreenHomes offers 10 tips for saving on your electric bill each month:
- Switch lights off when not in use. It is quite surprising how much electricity is wasted because a light or device was unintentionally left on.
- Replace standard and CFL light bulbs with LED lighting. LED lighting or light–emitting diodes offer the most efficient light bulbs on the market today.
- Install and use ENERGY Star labeled appliances including refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, dehumidifiers and air purifiers.
- Stop using old refrigerators and/or freezers in the basement or garage. These old devices remain extremely inefficient and cost much more than newer models.
- Televisions, computers, ceiling fans, etc. all consume electricity. Any time you are not using these devices, make sure they are turned off.
- High-efficiency heating and cooling systems saves electricity based on their high efficiency components.
- Conserving hot water use for homes with electric water heaters saves electricity.
- Electric space heaters and dehumidifiers are very expensive to use. Using these only when necessary saves substantially on electric costs.
- Insulating and air sealing your home saves significantly on furnace fan energy usage, electrical heating and air conditioning costs.
- Pool pumps, hot tubs and jacuzzis consume significant amounts of electricity. Variable speed pumps or smart controllers saves significant amounts of energy for homes with pools or spas.