Three Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill
Article was added on Tuesday, July 07, 2009
About half of your electric bill is a direct reflection of the
weather. With spring, comes milder temperatures, which typically
means lower electric bills. But this doesn't mean it is time to
relax and stop worrying about how much electricity we are
Wholesale electric costs are expected to rise the same amount in
2009 that they did in 2008 and the best way we can combat this
rising costs is through conservation.
The first thing we suggest to help you lower your
electric bill is setting your thermostat as close to the outside
temperature as possible. During the summer in South
Carolina, it isn't uncommon for temperatures to rise to 95 degrees.
If your cooling system is trying to cool your home to 72 degrees,
it will be working to change the temperature 23 degrees, which
consumes a great deal of electricity. The manufacturer's
recommended setting is 68 degrees or lower in the winter and 78
degrees or higher in the summer. You can save about five percent on
your cooling costs for every two degrees higher you set the
The second suggestion is to invest in home
weatherization measures now that will save you money by reducing
your electric consumption when temperatures rise this
summer. Weatherizing your home will also keep a great deal
of the strain off of a home's heating and cooling system. A
standard exterior door is 36 inches wide. A quarter of an inch gap
at the bottom of that door is equivalent to having a nine inch hole
in an exterior wall of your home. These gaps around doors and
windows where air can leak out of your home need to be
sealed. Most area hardware stores and even discount stores
have some type home weatherization products. Look around and see
what small changes you can make now that will help when the
temperatures rise this summer.
Having your heating and cooling system checked annually to be
sure it is in good working order is also a good idea, and changing
the air filter every month is one of the most inexpensive things
you do to insure proper operation.
The third thing we suggest is using compact florescent
light bulbs. We are getting ready to send out our second
round of these bulbs in May, so look for yours to be delivered in
There are many other ways, simple and inexpensive ways to save
on your electric bill, such as turning off lights when leaving a
room, unplugging unnecessary electronics when not in use and
turning down the temperature on your hot water heater.
Let's act now so we will be prepared when outdoor
temperatures change again.
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