Many people feel that the power company steals from them by overcharging them on the power bill. Regardless of how fair you feel the power company is with their rates, the reality is that you are probably not being as efficient as you could be. How frequently do you check whether your lights are off when you leave your house? Did you remember to turn off the TV and HVAC system? Did you know that a middle-class family in southern California consumes 12 times the amount of power compared to a middle-class family in Africa?
Here are some easy tips to help you save this month!
Your house lighting consumes a lot of energy and, in turn, contributes heavily to the power bill. The first step is to change the bulbs you use in your house. Most houses in Southern California still use traditional incandescent bulbs. If you are using incandescent bulbs, then consider switching to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) which can lower your lighting expenses by more than 50%. These bulbs cost more upfront, but last for many years compared to just months with incandescent bulbs. With incandescent bulbs, you end up paying more for replacement every few months and higher power usage.
Always ensure that your lights are turned off whenever you are not using them. A super convenient solution is to install motion sensor switches that prevent bulbs from staying on once your leave the room. You should also utilize as much sunlight as possible for lighting – nothing beats free and the sun doesn’t charge a dime. Also, a well placed skylight installation can deliver all the light you need during the daylight hours. You would only need to use your electrical lights at night during non-peak hours.
Who needs the furnace during summer? Turning off the furnace will save you money on your gas. You can turn it back on when you actually need it during the winter.
During summer, it can get really hot. You certainly don’t need hot water to cool yourself. The best time to take a shower is at noon, a cold shower cools you off and reduces your power bill.
Other Ways to Save
Southern California has a coastline. During weekends and holidays, the pacific coast provides a great place to cool off. Simply finding reasons not to be at home is a great way to save while spending quality time with the family.
The temperature in Southern California can rise to scorching levels. A fridge can come in handy, but you don’t need to be rushing to your fridge every time you need a cold drink. A portable freezer does a better job of keeping drinks cold. All you have to do is to fill it with ice and keep it closed for the whole day.
Use your machines at home efficiently. Did you know 90% of the energy used by washing machines is used heating the water? The best way is to use cold water in your washing machine. Using cold water is quite beneficial not only in saving energy but also saves you time since you don’t need to separate dark and light clothes. Do not use your dishwasher to wash a single cup or a single plate and, do not use your washing mashing to wash a single vest. Remember, these machines consume energy depending on the amount of time they are turned on rather than the amount of workload.
Consider a Home Energy Efficiency Analysis
If you really want to see a high impact on your energy bill, then having your home audited for energy leaks, poor insulation, air flow, and other efficiency factors is a great way to get a custom list of recommended upgrades. At Increase Clean Energy, we offer free energy analysis to Southern California home owners. Give us a call today to find out how they work and get setup!