If you ask most people, they’ll likely say that this summer has better hotter than usual or, at the very least, that it’s been very, very hot. As a result, people have been cranking up the air conditioning and hiding away in their nice, cool houses. Unfortunately, this also means that many have found themselves with higher bills than before, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be part of that number that isn’t saving energy!
The Benefits of Saving Energy
If you want to keep cool throughout the rest of the summer without paying an arm and a leg, consider some of the following. “Retail sales of electricity typically peak around July and August,” so you’re right in the middle of peak pricing for power. “Shop around for the cheapest rate” in order to make sure you’re getting a good, or at least fair, deal in this process. Utilities are a big part of any homeowner’s life, after all, and you want to do your due diligence.
If you don’t want to change energy providers, then look into some of the programs that they might be offering. Many, in an effort to spend less, themselves, in energy production, offer “incentive programs” for homeowners. The idea is that you are rewarded with lower prices if you use less energy, or if you use it during a certain time of day (called “peak pricing,” as previously discussed).
The best way to save energy and money is to be smart about how you use your utilities, particularly A/C. If you have old appliances, consider replacing them, as they’re likely power hogs. Modern appliances are much better for this and have been designed not to waste as much energy as their old counterparts. Also, employ common sense this summer, such as not leaving doors and windows open when the air is on inside. It’s wasteful and unproductive, since the room certainly won’t get colder if hot air is wafting in.
Finally, consider something like a “smart” thermostat or home system. These are meant to help you monitor your energy usage and are generally inexpensive. Some can learn your habits and recognize when you are or aren’t home and adjust the temperature accordingly, which some people forget to do. It can only help to have a little extra aid when saving energy throughout this hot summer. To get the professional advice of an electric company, or to purchase smart home thermostats and other products, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling.
About Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling
Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling has been delighting our customers with responsive, trusted and professional electrical services since 1986. We provide residential, commercial and solar power services and are experts in our field. Our team of professionally trained employees uphold our core values of honesty, respect and integrity. We are available 24/7 for your electrical servicing needs. Get in touch with us today to discuss your next electrical project.