Saving money is often at the top of our New Year’s Resolutions. Who doesn’t want to trim costs and live more efficiently? One of the best ways to save money is by reducing your energy usage so your electric bill is less expensive during the winter months here in cold Denver. As experienced electricians operating in the Front Range for many years, we know exactly how you can reduce your energy usage so that your bill is a bit easier to swallow during the coming months!
How to Save Money On Your Electric Bill
Lower Your Thermostat
One of the easiest and most effective ways to lower your electric bill this winter is to turn down your thermostat. Start with a couple of degrees, and add a sweater, or wear slippers. Another good tip is to use a programmable thermostat so that you can set it to be cooler at night, and warmer during the day. According to the US Department of Energy, lowering your thermostat back “10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.” Those savings can really add up!
Seal the Edges
You may not even realize it, but your home could literally be seeping out energy. Take a moment to check the sealant around the edges of your windows and doors. Can you feel cold air? Sealing them off can help save money, because you won’t be wasting heat. It’s simple to do: Simply buy some caulk, and seal around the edges of your windows and doors so your heat is used for efficiently.
Turn Off Electronics
We’re not saying you can’t watch TV during the cold, long winter months. Most people don’t realize that their appliances and home entertainment systems can suck up energy even when they’re not on. Simply having them plugged into the wall means they are using energy. The following devices can easily be unplugged when you’re not using them:
- DVD and VCR Players
- Cable TV Boxes
- Cordless Phones
- iPods and Other Electronics
According to How Stuff Works – Money, the “average U.S. household spends more than $100 each year to power devices that are turned off.” Unplugging them can save you money each month on your electric bill!
Need an Experienced Electrician? Call Electric Doctor!
Often, there are projects in your home that go undone, simply because you don’t have the expertise or the knowledge to complete them. Things like fixing the outlet that stopped working, installing a new ceiling fan, or figuring out why the lights flicker often go undone. This New Year, call an experienced electrician at Electric Doctor. We have years of experience, and each of our electricians is fully licensed. We understand code, and can quickly diagnose and fix any electrical issue in your home. Call today to schedule an appointment!
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