Reduce Your Lubbock Electric Bill and Save Money
With winter around the corner, homes across the U.S are consuming more energy than any other time of the year. However, small factors contributing to the increasing cost of your electric bill are preventable. Before your next cycle begins, try some of our tips to keep your electric bill low during these peak periods.
Do a nightly walkthrough
Walk around your house and make sure all lights are switched off, and that your electric appliances and products are unplugged or off.
Set your water heater to 120 degrees
A majority of the time, water heaters are set to a standard of 140 degrees or higher. The initial setting can cause an increase up to $50 on your electric bill and up to $400 on your water bill every year. By just turning down your water heater 20 degrees, you can expect to see a significant decrease in your overall utility cost.
Air dry your laundry
Air drying your clothes instead of using a dryer saves you money every day. Not enough space in your home to air dry? Utilize those extra clothes hangers and hang your clothes on the bathroom shower rod.
Don’t let your electricity slip under the door
Cracks around doors and windows are perfect routes for warm air to escape from your home. Using foam or caulk, sealing the cracks in your home’s exterior/interior can save you money on your electric bill this fall and winter.
Only buy Energy-Star certified products
Energy-Star is the partnership between the EPA and U.S Department of Energy that helps educate consumers about energy-efficient products from appliances to light bulbs and TVs. You might not see an initial return on your purchases, but the savings quickly add up.
Wash clothes in cold water
Over 90% of the energy it takes to wash a load of laundry goes to heating the water. Washing your laundry in cold water is a quick and easy way to conserve energy.
Add attic insulation
Heat rises, which means your attic is where most of the heat escapes from your home. Many homes lack the insulation necessary to keep heat from escaping the house. Installing fiberglass insulation is an inexpensive way to keep heat inside your home and lower the cost of your energy bill
Cook with crockpots
Not only is a crockpot one of the easiest ways to cook, but it also triumphs in energy efficiency when compared to an oven. Feed your family warm and delicious meals while cracking down on your electric bill.
Insulate your water heater
Insulating your water heater is often a forgotten measure. Heater jackets can prevent heat loss up to 45% and make heating the water in your home more energy efficient.
Replace air filters monthly
Dirty air filters keep air from efficiently moving throughout your home causing your HVAC system to run longer and harder potentially costing you in the long term. Replacing your air filters often can prevent this unexpected cost down the road.