Between parties, the perfect outfit, and presents, the holiday season bring a lot of expenses our way. While you may not want to skimp on a loved one’s gift of skip family dinner, you can easily save some cash by paying close attention to your energy usage. These 6 easy changes will help you save money of your electric bill.
- Adjust the temperature of your home – Every time you change the temperature on your AC, electricity is used to match the temperature of your home to the temperature you set on the thermostat. The bigger the temperature difference between the outside of your home and the inside, the more your air conditioner must work to keep your home cool, especially if your home is not well insulated. Raising the temperature of your home a by few degrees—especially during the day when your A/C works the hardest—may lead to some noticeable savings in your monthly bill.
- Close the blinds – Closing the blinds around your house is a good way to keep the heat of the sun out of your home. Even closing some of your blinds only during key times of the day can help keep your home cooler. In the morning hours close the blind on the east side of your home and in the afternoon close those on the west side. This can help greatly in regulating the temperature of your home without the use of extra electricity.
- Use a timer for certain electronics – Many of us are guilty of forgetting to turn things off once we’re done using them. A timer can shut things down when you don’t remember to. During the holidays a timer can be used to turn on and off Christmas lights automatically. A similar timer can also be used year-round to turn off lamps left on in the living room or hallway. If you are one of many people who use the television to help you fall asleep, use the sleep feature on your television set to turn it off automatically after a certain amount of time.
- Unplug appliances that are not in use – Just because an appliance is not in use does not mean it is not consuming electricity. Anything plugged into a wall uses some electricity, even when no one is utilizing it. This includes any kind of chargers you may have. Instead of keeping them plugged into the wall, disconnect them when they’re not actively being used. Also, try to avoid charging your phone overnight. Not only will this help you use less power, it may also help extend the battery life of your phone.
- Use energy saving light bulbs – There are a couple of different types of light bulbs that can help you save on your power bill. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) are as the name suggests – smaller versions of full-sized fluorescent lights. They can be used in standard lamp sockets and the light it gives off is similar to a regular incandescent bulb. Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are smaller, but very efficient. Though these are usually more expensive, they are known to last longer than other types of bulbs because they use less power, thus saving you money.
During this time of year a great amount of savings comes from not needing to turn on the AC thanks to the cooler weather in South Florida. So give your air conditioner a break and enjoy the cool breeze from our sunshine state.
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