Tips and Tricks to Help Reduce Your Energy Bill
It’s no secret that in the Central Valley, things get hot. It’s only march and yet we’ve already seen 90-degree weather. So in the summer, with the AC going, many residents find that their energy bills skyrocket. To help alleviate this problem, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help reduce your energy usage and keep costs down.
Don’t just turn off unused appliances- unplug them
This tip is one of the most well known, and it can be extremely effective. If you aren’t currently using a device or charger, unplug it! Even when not in use, phone or other battery chargers, microwave, toaster, and other small small appliances combined can use as much energy daily as a refrigerator.
Speaking of the Refrigerator…
Take a look in your fridge and freezer. Is there a lot of frost? A buildup of frost can drastically reduce the efficiency of your units. Clean out that frost regularly, and don’t allow it to build up to more than 1/4 of an inch.
Also, fill your fridge up! It may seem counter-intuitive, but having your fridge packed full prevents it from warming up too fast when opening the door. This means it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep cool as you’re going in and out throughout the day.
Make sure that you cover or wrap up foods or liquids left in your refrigerator. Uncovered items can release moisture, forcing your refrigerator’s compressor to work overtime to keep things dry and cool.
Be sure to clean your lint trap after each and every load. Also, avoid running half-loads. Run full loads and, if your dryer has one, use the moisture-sensing setting. This can help save 5% on your energy bill.
Make the Most of Grill Season
If possible, avoid using your oven during the hotter months. The heat generated forces your AC to work harder and longer to keep things cool. Try using a smaller toaster oven, a crock pot, stove top, or grill outdoors. If you do need to use your oven, try to limit your usage to the morning or evenings, when it is cooler outside.
Beat the Heat
Don’t just rely on your AC to keep things cool. Use your ceiling fans to create a cool breeze. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent. Keep your window coverings closed during the daytime to help block out heat from the sun. Before you head out for work, turn your thermostat up so your AC isn’t cooling an empty house.