According to a 2013 survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average monthly electric bill in the U.S. was $110. 21, however this figure can sharply increase during the winter. Luckily there are simple and easy ways to stay warm while reducing your home’s electrical usage.
The range of electrical services we offer at Douthit Electrical are designed to address a number of electrical problems, including efficiency. If you’re concerned about your home’s electrical usage or feel your electrical system may be out of date, then it’s time to give us a call and take advantage of our electrical inspection and diagnostic services, which are designed to identify potential issues and ways we can save you money while keeping your home safe.
Here are a few easy ways you can save money on electricity in Charlotte this winter.
Program your thermostat
Keep your thermostat set to a money saving degree range, ideally between 68° and 70°F. The lower the better! Feeling chilly? It’s better to dress warmer than to waste energy on heating. Programming your thermostat to turn down 10° to 15° for eight hours while you’re at work or while you’re sleeping is another easy step that can save you up to 10% a year on heating costs, according to the DOE’s recommendations on how to save money on electricity and heating costs during winter.
Change your furnace filter
It may not seem like a big deal but a dirty furnace filter can cost you a lot by causing your system to run inefficiently. Simply changing your filter as recommended by the manufacturer can save you as much as 5% to 15% on energy costs!
Turn your water heater down
Dry and itchy skin are common problems during the winter that are only made worse by long, hot (and expensive) showers. Turning your water heater down by a few degrees can save you roughly 3% to 5% on water heating costs, which equates to about $6 to $20 per year. To increase the savings, consider installing a low flow showerhead, which reduces the amount of gallons per minute (gpm) without sacrificing water pressure.
Be smart about chores
Dishwashers are more energy and water efficient when they’re run with a full load of dishes. You can apply this same principle to drying your clothes. Wait until you have enough for a full dryer load. Take advantage of an already warm dryer by doing two loads of laundry at a time. Be careful of how long you’re drying clothes so you’re not wasting energy. Don’t forget to regularly change the lint filter because a clogged one can increase your dryer’s energy use by up to 30%!
Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities, but we’re also here to help you save money! Call Douthit Electrical today to learn how we can make your home safer and more energy efficient!
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