The official start of summer is still two months away, but temperatures in the desert are already starting to rise and with them, the cost of your home’s electrical bill. Energy usage during the summer months is typically higher than the rest of the year. Luckily there are some steps that you can take to reduce your usage, resulting in some big savings on your bill. Here are some valuable tips from the experienced electricians at G & S Electric on reducing energy costs at home:
- Unplug unused devices – devices that stay plugged in to the wall when turned off still draw a small amount of energy, costing the average American household loses up to $200 a year in wasted electricity.
- Use computers sleep mode – when your computer is not in use, activate the sleep or hibernate mode. Sleep modes can save up to 90% of energy used if the computer were left on. To save even more electricity, completely power down the computer and unplug it when not in use.
- Turn lights off – encourage those living in your home to turn off electronics and lights when leaving a room. Before leaving the house make a quick walkthrough to check that all lights have been turned off.
- Control the temperature – during summer it is recommended to keep the thermostat set around 78 degrees. Adding blinds to windows and sliding glass doors will aid in insulating the home from outside heat.
Reducing your energy usage during the summer is easy and can result in big savings on your energy bill. Every kilowatt-hour saved equals about 10 cents, so saving more means more money in your pocket. For more tips on reducing your electric bill contact G & S Electric at 602-493-1135.