Floridians know; staying cool in the summer can be pricey. When the temperature goes up, so does the electricity bill, but living without AC is not an option. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to cut down on the electricity bill without sacrificing your comfort. Here are just a few tips and tricks to keep your home cool and your wallet full.
Clean Your Air Ducts
Estimated Annual Savings: $65
How it Works: HVACs cannot properly heat or cool your home when you neglect to clean the air ducts. Your system will have to work twice as hard to be half as efficient. This is wasting electricity and prevents your home from being comfortable. In addition to saving money, cleaning your air ducts will keep your air free of allergens and pollutants.
Upgrade Your Appliances
Estimated Annual Savings: $30-$600
How it Works: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Energy Star program to help individuals easily know what appliances are energy efficient. Replacing all your old appliances with Energy Star appliances can lower your electricity bill 30 percent in one year.
Switch to CFL Bulbs
Estimated Annual Saving: $30
How it Works: CFL bulbs use 75 percent less electricity than traditional light bulbs. They also last 10 times longer. This means you are not only saving money on electricity, but you will have less frequent trips to the store to replace your bulbs. For extra savings, look for CFL bulbs with an energy star label.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Estimated Annual Savings: $170
How it Works: A programmable thermostat will learn your family’s schedule and set itself accordingly. You can tell your thermostat when you will be away and for how long, and it will automatically set the temperature to save you money.
Get Rid of the Electrical Vampires
Estimated Annual Savings: $100
How it Works: You won’t need garlic to deal with these vampires, just a power strip! Even when you have your appliances switched off, they are still “sucking” your electricity as long as they are plugged into the wall. Fix this by plugging all of your appliances into one power strip, then turning off this strip when you’re not using them.
Contact Engineered Air For Electricity Bill Help
No one likes spending a ton on their electric bill. If your AC is costing you more than it should, call Engineered Air today and find out how we can help get your system working its best.