5 Tips to Lower Your Monthly Energy Bill

By Daley Raffin

Who doesn’t love saving money? Use the tips below to lower your monthly energy bill and enjoy a healthy reduction in your annual household expenses.

1 – Install an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

When it comes to choosing an inverter air conditioner vs conventional, the main difference is that inverter air conditioners allow continuous regulation of temperature. Inverter air conditioners also have a variable speed motor in the outdoor unit, to help maintain optimum temperature in the living area. Previous conventional inverters do not have a variable speed motor in the outdoor unit, the motor is either 100% on or off. This leads to maximum power consumption, meaning you will be paying more to run this air conditioner system.

As a result, inverter air conditioners can be up to 50% more efficient than a conventional (non-inverter) air conditioner. Generally, replacing your old conventional air conditioner for a new inverter air conditioner can pay itself off in as little as 2 years.

2 – Add Extra Insulation to Your Home

Proper insulation is key to keeping your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Insulation maintains a stable temperature within your home and therefore saves you money. Look for areas like attached garages or sleepouts where insulation might be lacking and add extra insulation to fill those gaps. You will notice the difference immediately. Don’t forget to check the insulation around pipes and behind walls.

3 – Check Doors and Windows for Air Leaks

Another area where heat and air conditioning can leak out along with your hard-earned money, are gaps around doors and windows. Check all entryways and windows for areas where air could get in or out and patch any holes. If necessary, replace your old drafty windows and doors with newer energy-efficient models.

4 – Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances

Many older appliances drain energy. Additionally, appliances that are not working correctly can also use too much power. Have yours checked and regularly maintained by a professional. An electrical health check can confirm whether or not it is working properly. Annual maintenance can also extend the life of expensive appliances.

Replace old washers and dryers and even refrigerators with newer, low-energy versions. Some states and local government agencies even offer incentives when you switch to energy-efficient appliances that save energy and money. You might also get a tax break for some types of upgrades.

5 – Switch to Solar Energy

Although switching to solar energy requires an initial investment, it can save you thousands of dollars and tons of energy over the long term. On average, customers see a savings of between $2,000-$3,000 per year depending on the size of the system. Many solar energy consumers never have to pay for electricity again!

Contact Raffin Electrical Contractors today if you want to learn more about how you can save on energy.