Easy Tips to Lower Your Electric Bill
Living in a place with intense heat and unpredictable cold such as Arizona, your HVAC system makes the weather bearable.
But that comfort can come at a cost. We’ve compiled a list of easy changes to make that can help your home run more efficiently and save you money on your electric bill.
Be Smart About Your Laundry
- Use cold water – Unless your clothes specify to use hot water, wash everything in cold water! It uses less energy since you don’t have to use your water heater, plus it can help to preserve colors in your clothes longer.
- Curb the lint – When you use your dryer, make sure you clean the lint trap. Full lint traps make your dryer less efficient (and contribute to almost 3,000 home fires annually), which means your dryer has to run longer in order to completely dry your clothes. Clean the trap after every use and rinse it with soap and water every few months to keep everything clean.
- Dry efficiently – Many clothes are better air-dried, especially knit fabrics and denim jeans. For those that need a dryer, invest in a dryer ball. Wool dryer balls prevent laundry from clumping, which helps them to dry quicker, and softens fabrics, eliminating the need for liquid fabric softener!
- Get smart – Upgrade to a programmable thermostat, or better, a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can be controlled from anywhere through a smartphone app, which allows you to customize your heating and cooling schedule to fit your routine.
- Try fans first – If you’re a warm sleeper, you may be tempted to turn down the AC at night to keep you cooler. But running the AC takes a lot more energy than turning on a fan. If your ceiling fan isn’t cutting it for you, try getting a stand-alone fan and direct it right at your bed. That may be an even better option than cooling the whole house because it’s concentrated cool air!
- Fans can keep you warm – Ceiling fans aren’t just for the summertime! Fans spin counterclockwise by default, but most have a directional switch that you can flip to make the blades turn clockwise. This creates an updraft that will circulate the warmest air that lingers near the ceiling (since heat rises) and warms up a room without needing to turn up the heater.
- Use free heat – The sun gives away free heat, even when it’s cold outside. So, in Arizona, use the abundant sun to your advantage and open the curtains and blinds to let the warming rays into the room. Then at night, close them so that the heat stays longer with the extra layer of insulation.
When You’re Not Using It
- Lower (or raise) the temp – Your home doesn’t need to be kept at the same temperature all day, especially when no one is home to use it. According to the Department of Energy, you can save around 10% per year by lowering your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours per day. If you get a programmable thermostat, you can set it to change right when you leave for work and then change back to your preferred temperature an hour before you get home. You won’t notice any change in comfort until you get your lower electric bill!
- Unplug – This may seem like a given, especially for things like unplugging your flat iron before you leave for work. But you should be unplugging all electronics when you’re not using them. Anything that is connected to an outlet is pulling energy, so use your blender to make your morning smoothie, but unplug it until you use it again the next morning.
- Change the filters – When dirt clogs your air filters, your system has to work harder to get air through. Make sure you routinely replace your air filters and remove dust and debris from your vents to ensure there’s an unobstructed flow of air.
- Schedule regular maintenance – Your AC and heating units should be tuned up at least once a year. Mason Mechanical provides a routine inspection to ensure your system is operating efficiently and safely.
Stay warm as the weather cools down and make sure your electric bill doesn’t suffer. Contact Mason Mechanical today to schedule your annual inspection and ensure your system is working efficiently. Ask about our Mason MVP program to save even more money!