As the sun sets earlier, and a slight chill appears in the Los Angeles air, we may begin to turn on the thermostat. But there’s no fun in paying a huge electric bill. So, we’ve put together some top tips to help you save on your electric bill this fall and winter.
Keep Curtains Open During the Day
The sun is a great source of energy, and it’s free! Make the most of this free energy source by opening your curtains during the day. It won’t take long for the sun’s bright rays to warm your home.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Most people leave their heating systems on longer than necessary. And it’s easy to forget to turn them off when you dash out the door to work or the shops.
The best bit? According to Energy Star, a smart thermostat can reduce your energy bills by up to 8%.
Don’t Run Appliances During Peak Hours
It’s surprising how much running household appliances adds to your energy bills. And if you’re running them at peak time, you end up with a hefty bill.
Put Rugs Over any Hardwood or Concrete Floors
Keep your home toasty warm by covering cold floors with beautiful rugs. Rugs act like a blanket, keeping the heat inside your home. Not only that, but rugs also protect your floors from scratches, scuffs, and stains.
Dress for the Season in Cozy Sweaters
Layering is a tried-and-true way to stay warm when the temperature drops. It’s easy to adjust your body temperature by adding or taking off clothing.
Change Your Air Filter
Changing your heating air filter is essential for keeping your furnace or heat pump running efficiently. A dirty filter restricts airflow, reducing the amount of heat being transferred into your home by the furnace or heat pump.
At Adeedo, we recommend changing your air filter at least twice per year. Once in the spring before you start running the AC and once in the fall before it’s time to turn on the furnace.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
Scheduling regular furnace maintenance is the best way to keep your heating system running smoothly and efficiently.
Get rid of Phantom Loads
A phantom load is an energy drain that you don’t see but costs you money like an energy-sucking vampire. Appliances in your home that continue to draw electricity even when not turned on are classic examples. These devices (like chargers and televisions) still use power, impacting your monthly electric bill.
Seal Air Gaps in Windows and Where Pipes Enter the Home
Sealing air leaks around your home, reduces energy bills while also making your home more comfortable. Some air leaks, such as those around windows and doors, are easy to identify. Others require a little searching, but lower electric bills make it worthwhile.
Use Cold Water for Laundry
Cold water is the best way to wash your clothes. It’s not just a way to save money on your electric bill; it also helps keep clothes looking newer for longer. Cold water washing doesn’t agitate or fade colors like hot water – saving you money on wardrobe costs as well as lowering electric bills.
Reset Your Water Heater
The more efficient your water heater is, the less energy it uses and the lower your electric bill. Try resetting your water heater to 120 degrees. Or turn it off altogether when not at home. Only use hot water when essential – showers are more energy-efficient than baths.
Ready to save on electric bills this Southern Californian fall and winter? Speak to one of our HVAC experts to find out more.