5 Ways to Save Money on Your Utility Bill
If left unchecked, a Ft. Lauderdale utility bill can end up costing hundreds of dollars every month. The good news is that there are easy and inexpensive ways to save money on your utility bills, especially when it comes to cooling your home.
During the winter, the biggest utility expense is heating. Most homeowners are willing to lower the temperature, but often forget.
Therefore, consider installing a digital thermostat that will keep the temperature at a reasonable level during the day, but will also automatically adjust a few degrees during the night. Adjusting the temperature by only a few degrees will save a lot on your monthly utility bill.
First, be sure to change the filter in your AC or the HVAC system. A dirty filter will force the HVAC system to run longer in order to maintain consistency. Regular preventative maintenance will ensure that the HVAC system runs at peak performance. Take advantage of the sun’s heat during the day, but close blinds or shades promptly at night. Buy an inexpensive draft stopper at a home improvement store to keep drafts out. Caulk and weatherize windows, or if necessary, install storm windows.
Be Aware of Vampire Energy
Vampire energy refers to the wasteful consumption of standby power. That is, older electronics and appliance will continue to use a tiny amount of energy while they are shut off. This may seem harmless, but a dozen appliances draining your energy over the year will quickly add up. Be sure to use smart power strips and newer electronic devices, which automatically power down or go to sleep.
Use Energy-efficient Light Bulbs
Light emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are a must for any homeowner that wants to save on their utility bill. These eco-friendly lights have revolutionized energy management. For example, a 40-watt LED bulb only uses six watts of power, which is over 80 percent less energy than a regular light bulb. Although they are more expensive, these bulbs last longer and are worth the investment.
The water heater consumes the most energy in a home. An inefficient shower head will waste hot water and thus increase your utility bill. Be sure to install an eco-friendly shower head that conserves hot water by reducing the water flow. Be sure to also install an efficient sink faucet that conserves water. Finally, be sure to perform regular maintenance on the water heater, such as flushing out the sediment.
As a final note, it is helpful to check the power management settings on your electronics, such as the computer and television, to verify that they automatically enter sleep mode when not in use.
It's time to change your Ft. Lauderdale, FL home's energy use. Call AAA Modern Air at 954-921-4486 for energy-efficient HVAC services.