Electric bill got you down? Fight back with these energy-saving ideas.
1. Get an energy audit
Many utility companies offer a free home energy audit to customers. If there's no such program in your area, consider conduct your own energy audit instead. To determine areas where you could trim your energy usage.
2. Install ceiling fans
Keep the air circulating in your home, and your air conditioner won't have to work as hard.
3. Air dry your laundry
Set up a clothesline in your back yard, and let nature dry your laundry. If this isn't an option for you, consider hanging your clothes on a drying rack or on the shower rod to dry.
4. Schedule yearly HVAC maintenance
Having your HVAC system inspected and leaned yearly can increase the efficiency of your system.
5. Clean your air filter regularly
Keep your HVAC working efficiently by changing your air filter every 30 days.
6. Switch to LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs typically use 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. Consider switching out the most widely used bulbs in your home. Then, replace the rest as they burn out.
7. Take advantage of off-peak rates
As your service provider if they offer cheaper electric rates during off-peak hours. If so, this is a great time to run the dishwasher, wash laundry, and heat water.