Actionable Tips to Reduce your Utility Bills
The temperature has reached ninety degrees for the fourth day in a row. Heat Indexes are over one hundred degrees. And Heat advisories posted by the National Weather Forecasters. Summer is here. And your power bill is climbing as the thermometer rises.
Trying to stay healthy and fresh can be a real challenge. With all this heat how can we lower your electricity bill? First keeping the blinds closed on your windows and doors will reduce the solar heat transfer.
Next, your air conditioner makes up 40 -60 percent of your electricity bill. So what can we do to lower our energy usage? One of the best strategies would install a smart thermostat.
Or raise your thermostat two or three degrees when you are not occupying your home.
It is a fact that you can save $10-$15 dollars a month by this simple tactic. By replacing your air filter every three months will improve your HVAC performance. Keeping the supply and return vents free of dust obstructions will also help your HVAC from working too hard.
Another appliance that uses a lot of electricity is your refrigerator. It is a recommendation that you clean the back or the bottom air vents. Depending on the location of refrigerant lines or compressor is located. At least once a year. The refrigerator is one of the most neglected appliances in most households.
More Actionable Tips To Lower Your Utility Bill
Using energy efficient light bulbs is your next step. You now have a variety of lighting to choose. We all know that the traditional incandescent light bulb is going away. So what is the best choice?
There are CFL’s (compact fluorescent lights), tube lights are not environmentally friendly. These lights contain mercury and need to be disposed of properly. And consume more energy than a LED light bulb.
Replacing your old lamps with LEDs (light emitting diodes) would be the smart choice. LEDs are 80 percent more efficient than an incandescent light bulb. And LEDs last for years. LEDs do not produce heat. So they are cool to the touch. They’re durable because they’re manufactured from plastic and are environmentally safe.
Using energy efficient light bulbs (LED) is the easiest way to lower your electricity bill.
LEDs are a direct replacement lamp. No retrofit sockets. Manufacturers producing LED light bulbs are making them simple to use. It doesn’t make a difference if you are looking for a pin base type or a screw in base. There is a LED that is a perfect fit.
As far as light bulb wattages are concerned using a LED light bulb, you will notice a drastic reduction in wattage usage to produce the same amount of brightness. A 60-watt light bulb equivalent LED uses only 9 watts of energy. Energy efficiency as soon as the lamp is switched on.
For large rooms consider installing multiple switches to turn on for the spaces that you are utilizing. Or using motion sensors and dimmer switches for less traveled areas. (Check to see if the light bulb is dimmer compatible).
I use motion sensor activated light switches in the bathroom, hallways and the garage. You can program the timer for how long you wish the lights to stay on. My family loves the motion activated lighting. Primarily because I’m not yelling, “TURN OFF THE LIGHT WHEN YOU LEAVE A ROOM”!!
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LED lumens is the amount of brightness produced by the lamp. A LED produces 70-110 lumens per watt. You have to refer to the table on the side of the box to determine the brightness you require. More lumens more brightness.
Incandescent light bulbs produce 10-15 lumens per watt.
CFL’s light bulbs produce 50-70 lumens per watt
LED light bulb provides 70-110 lumens per watt
When selecting the new lamp, choose a color temperature (2700K to 6000K) that suits the space you are going to use the bulb. The 2700K temperature is comparable to a traditional incandescent. Moving up the scale to 3000K to 6000K color temperature is cool white to bright white.
You can also look at the table to see the CRI (color rendering index). CRI is how the color spectrum of light emitted from the lamp. A color rendering index of CR90+ is the closest to the natural light from the sun.
You can select a LED light bulb with a CRI. For example, CRI would be the lighting in your local grocery or art gallery. They use a light bulb with a CR90+.
Color Rendering helps you see skin tones, artwork, and grocery produce better than under traditional lighting. Using the color rendering emitted from a LED to accent walls, spaces or art decor.
If you are building a new house or renovating is a good time to go natural. By installing skylights to capture light from the sun. For kitchens and rooms that you can take advantage of the extended light of the day. The rooms positioned to the north or northeast side of the home are the best choices for skylights.
No matter what type of light bulb you choose, a traditional incandescent, CFL, or a LED. There are several features and benefits to consider when choosing the right light bulb. The important part is to select the correct light bulb.
A LED does cost more on the initial purchase but will last for years and has better energy efficiency. Replacing your burned out light bulbs with a LED is the smart consumer choice.
What makes your electric bill high?
What are you doing to keep your electricity bill down?
I mentioned in the above post just a few items that have a direct effect on your utility bills. Still unsure about how you can cut your utility bills and save energy contact your local service provider for an energy audit. Or go online to the Department of Energy for free information about energy savings.
I hope you found this article illuminating!!
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