The pandemic has thrown the whole world for a loop, and people are concerned equally about their health and finances. While we rely on healthcare professionals to maintain our physical well-being, our own team of professionals can help in another way. Managing your monthly utility bills effectively is more important now than ever. That’s something we know a lot about! We’ve compiled a list of the most cost-effective ways to lessen your electrical bills without cancelling your service.
Unplug Unused Devices
Even when electrical devices are turned off, they still draw standby power from the outlets they are plugged into. Make it a habit to unplug chargers when devices are full and pull the plug on anything not in use. These small changes could save up to 10% of a household’s electrical energy use.
Check Your Appliances
Large appliances consume major amounts of energy when in use. If they are older models or have loose connections, your appliances could be wasting electricity without you even knowing. Home energy use monitors can help you narrow down the list of suspects. Upgrading inefficient units can result in impressive savings despite having a larger upfront cost.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Even gas-powered furnaces use electricity to run. Add in an air conditioning unit and your HVAC system has the potential to contribute substantially to your utility bill. By strategically adjusting your thermostat or investing in a programmable one, you can ensure that your home is only heated or cooled when in use.
Wash Laundry Strategically
Your weekly laundry regime is another large contributor to your electrical bill. Washing full loads in cool or tap cold water will also cut down on energy consumption. Furthermore, bypass the dryer when you can and hang clothes to dry.
Maintain Your Electrical System
Outdated, poorly maintained systems often experience loose connections and faulty wiring. This means that less of the electrical energy produced is actually making it to your lights and appliances. Regularly having your system inspected by a licensed electrician is the best way to ensure it is working efficiently.
If you’re in Okotoks, our team at Westridge Electric can set you up with professional maintenance and a five-year warranty on workmanship. Contact us today to get started!