14 May Tips for Keeping Your Energy Costs Down at Home
From a few simple behavioural adjustments to extensive home improvements, we compiled the top tips to help you conserve energy and lower your electric bills significantly
Choose the right light
If you are currently utilising incandescent light bulbs, switching to LED bulbs is by far a better choice. Apart from needing to be replaced more often than their alternatives, conventional incandescent light bulbs consume an excessive amount of electricity. On the other hand, LED bulbs use up to 75%-90% less energy and last about 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Use power strips for multiple electronics The electricity used by electronics when they are turned off or in standby mode is estimated to be 75% of the total energy used in a home. Apart from making it a habit to unplug these items when not in use, it is also wise to use a power strip instead to turn all devices off at once.
Choose energy-efficient appliances
13% of your total household energy use is caused by your appliances. That said, choose energy efficient appliances even if their initial price may be a little higher because their operating costs are sure to be 9-25% lower than conventional models in return.
Run your appliances in the evening
Consider doing some of your chores at night since appliances such as dryers and dishwashers produce heat which will cause your air conditioning unit to work harder especially on a brutally hot day.
Insulate your home
Proper home insulation is one great way to lower your utility bills as it helps retain heat during the cold months and keep the heat out of your home during the hot summer days. Your crawl space, basement, attic, walls and floors are the five main areas where you should consider adding insulation and the level of insulation you should install depends on them.
Use electric fans
Refrain from constantly running your air conditioner as much as you can. Otherwise, try using an electric fan as an alternative as they use less electricity compared to an AC unit.
Replace air filters regularly
Dirty air filters clog and restrict airflow which causes your AC system to work harder and run longer, further using up more energy. To avoid this, be sure to have your air filter changed regularly to ensure that your air conditioner runs at its peak condition and be more energy efficient.
In addition to all these helpful tips, switching to infrared heating technology to warm up your home can be a good call too. Unlike before where infrared heaters have less to offer, there are now improved infrared heating panels available in the market which can heat up your home the smartest way, not to mention add an aesthetic appeal to your interior decor.