According to the Government of Alberta, the average Albertan household spends nearly $3,000 on water, fuel, and electricity each year. While most homeowners focus on reducing energy consumption in the wintertime to offset that budget, there is great value in taking a look at your summer expenditures as well. After all, rolling blackouts and brownouts only really happen in the hotter months, a symptom of too much energy use. Here are some areas that use up the most electrical energy in your home and how to use them to curtail those astronomical summer utility bills.
- Oven. Your oven takes a lot of electrical energy to run, so consider the alternatives. Barbeques, microwaves, toaster ovens, hot pots, and slow cookers consume much less energy while keeping the heat much more contained than an oven ever could. Consider incorporating these other cooking devices into your routine a few times a week.
- Fridge and Freezer. When it comes to your cold appliances, only keep what you absolutely need. If your deep freeze is in some forgotten corner of the basement and you can make do with the little freezer on top of the fridge – do that. Unplug the beast in the basement. Additionally, keeping your fridge well-stocked will actually increase the efficiency of the unit. This means that each shelf has items and space between them enough for air to flow and the vents to be clear.
- Washing Machine. Whenever possible, use cold or tap cold water for your laundry loads. This will reduce the energy it takes to heat up the water. Furthermore, utilize your washing machine’s pre-soak cycle for clothes that are extra dirty. This will save you a double wash.
- Dryer. Clothes dryers use a massive amount of energy; cut down on this by only drying full loads, cleaning the lint trap after every load, and considering how amazing your clothes would smell if you hung them out to dry in the fresh air instead.
- Lighting. Aside from turning the lights off when you aren’t using them, there are other ways you can save on energy through lighting. The biggest way is by switching from incandescent light bulbs or LED ones. Turns out your old bulbs could be using up to 90% more energy than necessary.
- Energy Efficient Appliances. All of the above steps will be even more effective if you have energy-efficient appliances. While the initial price tag may seem daunting, over time you could potentially save hundreds on your utility bill.
Saving energy in the summer is simple, just follow the tips above! For the more involved energy saving solutions, we can help you get set up. Contact the experts at 4-Star Electric to get started today!