Have you ever wondered why your electric bill is always high? There are a couple of common reasons we’ll address in this article. In today's world, where almost every essential appliance in our household is powered by electricity, it makes sense that high usage might create high electric bills. However, in some cases, your energy bill can be higher than deserved. In such cases, the most common reason for this is energy leakage, which happens both inside and outside our homes. In this article, you will learn ways to prevent leakage from all common areas and lower your electric bills.
Lowering Your Electric Bills by Reducing Energy Loss Outside of Your Home
These differ from the regular window in that they have two panes with a thin layer of separation in between, instead of one. Double-paned windows will protect your home from both heating and cooling loss. Switching from single-paned to double windows means that you will not need to use as much heating or cooling energy. In effect, this will reduce your energy usage and eventually lower your electric bills.
Doorways are another area where air leakage can be common. Inspect all doorways to find cracks or gaps in seals, and repair them as necessary. This will help manage temperature control inside your home, with less interference from the air temperature difference outside.
Lowering Your Electric Bills by Reducing Energy Loss Inside Your Home
Improperly insulated attics can be one of the largest heating/cooling loss areas. The EPA claims that you can save 15% of heating and cooling costs by insulating the attic and sealing air leaks. However, this will depend on your home's design, so implementing other methods as well, will help you save more.
Whereas sealing your air conditioner’s ductwork could improve its efficiency, replacing it will do more. The AC depends almost entirely on the ductwork to regulate the indoor air and temperature of your house. You will find that systems over five years old will often lack insulation or proper sealing. Inspection and replacement can result in greatly reduced electric bills.
Lighting consumes a surprising amount of electricity, especially when you are using the old incandescent light bulbs. These light bulbs consume much energy since the filament needs to be heated to produce light. LED bulbs, on the other hand, require less energy and last longer. Most stores will have several LED light bulb options to choose from.
This applies if you need to install a brand new unit or you want to replace an outdated system. Recently, manufacturers have improved the AC units' technologies by making better motors and adjustment features based on the usage. When shopping for an AC unit, look for ones with a SEER range of around 25 and above. The SEER range is what measures the energy consumption in the AC. New models with these ranges tend to be very efficient in terms of control, in that they don’t require much manual monitoring. The result is an improvement in the efficiency of the whole unit, which saves energy.
As we have seen, saving energy goes a long way in reducing your electric bills. The good news is that there are many inexpensive methods to save money. Furthermore, each money-saving method stands alone, but it is recommended that you implement as many methods as possible, to save the most money.
For further tips and help reducing your energy bills, please call Kalka Plumbing Heating & Air.
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