I am always interested in any ways to reduce expenses. This can be looking for reductions in grocery costs, outings and social events or even the passive costs of electronics being plugged in at home. Although 4% isnt much, I was surprised to know 4% of every bill for electricity is just standby voltage. Those pesky little red standby lights!
Why Is My Energy Bill So High?
We tend to take our utility power for granted until it goes out and then we realize how much electricity is involved in our daily lives. What we can’t stand is getting those huge bills and realizing we are overpaying the utility company with our hard earned dollars. We breakdown the utility bill and reveal where you might be able to save your cash to spend on what you want! Home Energy Usage Breakdown!
Tired of that Killer bill every month?
Think of the things you’d rather spend your hard earned dollars on, a vacation, going out to eat, maybe some home improvement projects. We breakdown where the energy goes in the average home and how you can reduce your costs!
- 8% – LIGHTING — You might be surprised to find out how in efficient your old incandescent lighting is. Change out old bulbs with florescent or LED lighting and you’ll lower your utility bills and cut down on unwanted heat produced by higher wattage recessed lighting and old halogen lamps. There are many florescent and LED bulbs that mimic that warm yellow light on from an incandescent bulb!
- 40% – HEATING & COOLING — Heating and Cooling your home is the biggest contributor to a high utility bill. It can account from 40-50% of your home energy costs. System maintenance, cleaning and regularly replacing filters will keep everything performing at it’s best, which equates to lower bills. When an air conditioning an heating system is 10-15+ years old it uses more power to run and heats and cools less. It may be time to consider upgrading to high efficient equipment to reap the benefits of a more comfortable home and lower energy bills! Many newer systems come with Variable Speed Motors and equipment with Multiple Stages including a higher SEER rating. Get a free estimate from your trusted air conditioning contractor to consider your options.
- 28% – WATER HEATING — Constantly heating the water in your home can take another big chunk of your energy costs. Upgrading to a tankless water heater will save you money by only heating on demand and not keeping a whole tank of water hot all day when you’re not home. Just like gas furnaces you can choose different levels of efficiency when buying a new tankless water heater. Installing hot water shutoff valves on your shower head can help you save by turning off the water when it reaches the desired temperature.
- 4% – STANDBY VOLTAGE — Standby or phantom voltage is the power your devices and appliances use when they are off but still plugged in. Make it your practice to unplug device chargers and unused gadgets until you need them. You can also get plugin power outlets that let you keep stuff plugged in but shut off power to them when off.
- 14% – ELECTRONICS — Over the years the average home has significantly increased in the number of gadgets, devices, TV’s, and appliances, all which can take up to 14% of your energy costs! Unplug unused appliances and devices if possible. Look at upgrading to a more efficient, Energy Star Rate appliances. Updating your biggest appliances Obviously your heating and cooling system can dominate your yearly power expenses. Updating these power hungry machines can save you hundreds of dollars and start to pay off the investment. If your not ready for that kind of cost, you might look into insulating your attic to lower the time your system has to run during the year. We give free estimates on both, so call us or contact us today and we’ll help you reduce those utility bills while increasing your comfort.