September’s in Charleston are still lingering in the 80’s/90’s, so most homes will continue to run the AC. As we move into Fall in October/November, there is a reprieve from the heat and a time when we can go without AC, saving a little bit on our electric bills. However, as we move into the colder months, the AC is replaced with heat, thus cranking our bills back up again. Luckily, there are a few ways to save on electric bills, especially during those months when the AC or heat are needed.
- Turn out the lights. If you’re not in a room or not home, turn out the lights. Replacing outside lights with solar lighting can help illuminate your home on the outside for safety while saving you some money.
- Motion Detectors. If you’d like more light outside for safety purposes, use a motion detection sensor. These lights will only come on when it senses something or someone in its path, thus reducing on time.
- Use compact florescent bulbs. These bulbs can significantly reduce energy costs. Use these in the areas that you use the most – kitchen, family room, etc.
- Purchase Energy Saving Appliances. These smart appliances save money with energy saving settings that help to reduce unnecessary electrical costs. For example, smart dryers will detect when clothing is dry and shut off, reducing dry time, saving energy costs.
- Change Air Filters Regularly. Changing filters will keep heating and cooling systems running efficiently longer. Dust can clog the filter and reduce airflow, which may result in you turning up your AC to combat the heat.
- Use a Smart Thermostat. Programming your AC or heater is very beneficial to your energy bill. Cutting back the AC or heater during the hours when you’re not home will help costs and you can regulate the temperature depending on who is home. Most smart thermostats sync up to your smartphone, so if you did happen to arrive home early, you wouldn’t have to worry about walking into a very cold or very warm home.
Posted on September 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm by Karla Leahy