Keep Electric Costs Low
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
While this year it may have seemed like winter lasted much longer than
it should have, pleasant weather is finally on the horizon. Along with this
rise in temperature, home-cooling costs can also rise. Take these few tips from
us to not only keep your home cool this summer, but also to keep your wallet
It may be an obvious idea, but
adjusting the thermostat to a temperature that is only a few degrees different
than the outdoor climate can help lower the overall cost of a cooling bill.
Another way to lower that cost is to set the temperature to a higher
number when you are out of the house. Off to work or gone on vacation? Keep the
house warm, but change it to what is comfortable for you when you are back. But
don’t forget about pets when you are away. (Think of all that fur!)
If you are setting a thermostat for
an air conditioner, we have one last tip for you. Don’t set the thermostat to a
lower setting than normal when running the AC. Despite the fact this may seem
like it will get the house colder faster, it won’t. It might make the climate
too cold for you and may even rack up in more money.
Though it may get sweltering hot
during the day, once the sun goes down, so does the temperature. Turn off the
AC at night and throw open windows throughout the house. But once you wake up
in the morning, it’s best to shut the windows to keep the heat at bay.
your windows as a form of light source. Turn off any unnecessary lights during
the day and open windows and blinds to let natural light into your home. This
helps to lower electric costs and being exposed to more sunlight throughout the
day can always help improve a person’s mood.
Clear as it may be, lighting
fixtures and bulbs run differently depending on what type you are using.
Incandescent bulbs give off most of the energy they use in the form of heat.
Other, more energy-efficient bulbs, such as compact fluorescent bulbs, use less
electricity, in fact, only about one-fourth of the energy incandescent bulbs
use. Switching just a few bulbs in your house to compact fluorescent ones
cannot only help cut back on your bills, but they will pay for themselves —
these babies last about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs!
and portable fans are also great gadgets to keep the air blowing throughout
your house. Don’t want to give up on your AC just yet? Don’t worry; using
ceiling fans with the air conditioning running will enable you to raise the
thermostat temperature by a few degrees, thus efficiently lowering your bill
and not lowering your relaxation level.
can also lower your bill by turning off fans. Not all the time, just when you
leave the room or when you are leaving your house. This is similar to changing
the temperature on the thermostat when you aren’t at home; if no one is there,
there isn’t a need to keep the house cold!
These are just a few helpful tips to keep your home-cooling costs low
and to help run an energy-efficient home. Do you have an idea to keep electric
costs low? Let us know what your tips and tricks are, Gilbert Electrical
Systems always wants to be “plugged in” when it comes to electric information!
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