Our extreme weather in Southern Alberta can make it hard to save on your monthly electricity bill. If you’re not pumping out heat to withstand the freezing temperatures in the winter, you’re blasting the A/C to offset the intense heat in the summer. That’s why this week we want to explore reasonable ways you can keep your energy use under control. Here are some best practices that will help you slim down your electricity bill.
Before you go upgrading your appliances, there are small adjustments you can make that will add up over time. Turn off the lights in any room you aren’t using. Unplug any electronics not in use. Yes, that means pulling the cord out of the outlet entirely. Electricity can still escape through a charger even if there is no phone attached!
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, what are you waiting for? Program the temperature to be lower at night, and warmer during the day while everyone is home. This ensures that you will stay comfortable, but you aren’t wasting energy heating or cooling rooms when they aren’t being used.
Lighten your HVAC’s load by pulling down the curtains on the sunny side of your home. Don’t worry, you can let the curtains go back up on your east-facing windows once the sun passes by in the afternoon. This way your air conditioner won’t have to work so hard to keep you cool!
Break out the crockpot and give your oven a break every once in a while. Ovens and stovetops use a lot of energy to get heated up, let alone maintain their cooking temperature. After all, we know about all those crockpot recipes you have saved on Pinterest!
Washer and Dryer
There are plenty of steps you can take to reduce the load your washer and dryer has on your electrical system. For one, make sure you are washing full loads, instead of several half loads. If possible, wash in cold water. To save the most energy, hang your clothes to dry. However, if they need to be thrown in the dryer for whatever reason, try throwing in a dry, clean towel along with the rest of the wet clothes. This helps to absorb the moisture and decrease drying time, ie: extra energy.
Saving money on your energy bill doesn’t have to be complicated. Just follow the tips above and you’ll be well on your way to reducing your energy usage. If your bills don’t seem to go down no matter what you do, it could be a sign that something is wrong in your electrical system. In that case, call the experts at 4-Star Electric to get an inspection done today!