Everyone wants to save money on their electric bill, but many don’t know where to start. However, saving money on your energy bill is a lot easier than you might think. Below you’ll find five ways to help you save on utilities and put some money back in your pocket.
Free Your Filter
Let’s get one thing straight, your AC’s air filter is not designed to filter air for your home. Their true function is to filter the air for your HVAC unit. They trap all of the dirt, dust, and allergens in the air before it enters the air conditioning unit in order to keep them from clogging and causing a breakdown.
When neglected, your filter will fill up with dirt and dust, making it harder for air to circulate through it. Changing your air filter increases the efficiency of your unit which helps you save money as well. Changing your filter is one of the easiest ways to save money on your bills while also keeping your unit in tip-top shape.
Programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature higher during the day when you’re away from home, and begin cooling once you get home. This helps lower your bill because your air conditioner isn’t forced to work hard to keep your house cool while no one is in it.
There are even smart thermostats you can buy that can program themselves. They are able to learn your schedule and figure out the best time to heat and cool your home.
Switch to LED
Switching from fluorescent lights (CFLs) to LEDs is an easy way to save money on your electric bill, and your general home expenses. The average LED light bulb has the ability to last more than 11 years, 8-10 times longer than a CFL, which means you won’t have to switch them out for a long time. LEDs also use about half of the energy that CFLs do, making them more efficient for your home and saving you money.
Use Dryer Balls
Dryer balls are an inexpensive way to dry your clothes in a shorter amount of time. This allows you to save some money by running your dryer for shorter amounts of time, while also taking away the need to use chemicals while drying your clothes.
Adding a ceiling fan to a room can help cool your home and take some stress off of your air conditioning unit. Just remember: Fans do not cool the room, they cool you. The air they “produce” is simply circulated at a high speed and creates a kind of “wind chill” effect to make you cool. Even though they don’t cool your house, they are able to help your AC run smoother by easily circulating the air around the room.