In most cases, lowering your electric bill means you need to do one or all of these three things:
1. Change a behavior
2. Use a low-energy electrical device or appliance
3. Create an energy efficient environment
By mastering all of three of these approaches, you can easily reduce your energy consumption by at least 50%, thus, seeing a decrease in your electric bill. Below, we’ll look at different examples of how you can combat the ever-increasing electricity rates in Minneapolis and across the country.
1. Use Programmable / Smart Technology
Smart technology can be a bit confusing and somewhat of a challenge to set up. However, once you get the hang of it, you will quickly find ways to use it more efficiently. You will also realize just how much electricity you have wasted over the years.
You can start by installing a programmable thermostat and then move on to other devices, such as security systems, entertainment systems, appliances, and other devices.
2. Replace Your Old Wiring System and Components
Old wiring, fuse boxes, and outlets could be costing you up to $100 per month in wasted energy. Old copper, aluminum, or knob and tube wiring does not conduct electricity as well as new wiring. Old outlets cannot accommodate new electrical devices and appliances, and old breaker boxes cannot handle the amount of power coming from the power line into your home. All of the old wiring and components are costing you money due to operating in an inefficient manner. Contact Harrison Electric for an electrical inspection and electrical rewiring service.
3. Install High-Efficiency ENERGY STAR Appliances
The next time your dishwasher, refrigerator, or oven goes out and you need to replace it, then purchase a high-efficiency appliance with the ENERGY STAR seal. There is a high-efficiency version of nearly every single type of appliance that exists.
ENERGY STAR products have some of the top energy ratings in the world. You can save up to 50% in energy consumption each month. ENERGY star products include refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, HVAC systems, thermostats, washers and dryers, and even small appliances. These products are an investment in your energy savings.
4. Monitor and Control Your Energy Consumption
There are dozens of ways you can monitor and reduce your energy consumption. Here are a few:
● Turn off the lights when you leave the room (better yet, buy automated light sensors).
● Wear comfortable clothing (less during the summer, more during the winter).
● Turn off the TV when you are not watching it.
● Take shorter hot showers.
● Unplug devices you don’t use regularly.
● Put your computer in sleep mode or turn it off when you’re not using it.
● Unplug your re-chargeable devices once they reach 100%.
● Open your windows during the day to let the natural light in.
● Wash your clothes in cold water.
● Wash your clothes at night or super early in the morning when the energy usage rates are lowest.
5. Make Sure Your Home is Well-Insulated
Creating a well-insulated home is half the battle of maintaining a lower electricity bill. Make sure your electrical system is insulated throughout the house and outside. Insulate your walls and attic, and, if possible, underneath your flooring. Check your windows and doors for drafts or loose openings.
Schedule an Electrical Inspection Today in Minneapolis, MN
If you believe your electrical system is worn out and that you may need a replacement, then contact Harrison Electric. We provide a wide range of electrical services for residential properties in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
To schedule an inspection or repair, call us at 763-544-3300, or you can message us at email@example.com.