While it might be tempting to run your air conditioner from sun up to sun down during the summer, it can come at a hefty cost. According to the Department of Energy, the average family spends up to $1,400 per year on utility bill, a number that is expected to rise over the next three years.
Changing your usage habits can lower your bill by as much as 25%, so here are some effective tips from our Reno electric experts at Wire Me Electric to help you save some of those summer funds:
Keeping on lights and electronics makes up approximately 11 percent of a home’s energy usage. If you find that your electric bill has been too high lately during the warmer months, there’s a few ways to lower it.
Make sure to close your blinds and shutters during the day to keep the heat out while making your home a comfortable temperature. Use your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer as late as you can throughout these warm months.
Also, if possible, check to see if your appliances are supported by Energy Star, a government-backed program for promoting energy efficiency. Turn off any appliances and lights when not in use, including your computer.
Other handy power hacks include swapping out lightbulbs, installing dimmer switches, and using smart power strips throughout your home. Dimmer switches set the brightness in a room to suit your needs while saving electricity, and a smart power strip shuts down the power to anything not in use. We guarantee you’ll see a difference!
Another option is to have the company’s PowerShift Energy Advisor visit your home for an evaluation on lighting, caulking around windows and doors, and the levels of insulation in your home. They also can inspect heating and air conditioning systems, recommend any upgrades and let you know about rebates to cover the cost.
Ready to learn about easy ways that you can save money on your energy bill? NV Energy offers a free energy audit that can be accessed through your online account.
Our electricians in Tahoe are always up to date with the latest home electrical services and advancements, so we work hard to provide thorough electric services in the Truckee Meadows area.
The solution to a more energy efficient home is low voltage wiring, which residential electricians are able to do. We offer help with design plans that are unique to you and your home, too, because we believe that home electrical systems should not be left in the hands of unqualified, novice electricians.
The experts at Wire Me Electric can tackle any project, big or small. Whether you need a Reno electrician or an electrical contractor, reach out to our team at 775.843.9743.