Saving on your summer electric bill

With the heat wave that’s been gripping most of the country lately, it’s tough to control your electric bill. In fact, it seems like your air conditioner just runs and runs. But there are a few things you can do that can have a positive impact on your bottom line.

Did you know that your home’s electrical system is a great place to start first? In fact, your home’s lights and electronics account for approximately 12 percent of your home’s energy usage.

Exchange your light bulbs for high-efficiency bulbs: you can save about $75 per year by swapping out the bulbs in your most used light fixtures with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs that bear the Energy Star label.

Install dimmer switches: dimmers let you set the brightness in a room to suit your needs, setting the mood and saving electricity at the same time!

Use smart power strips: some electronic gadgets never truly power off; instead, they sit in standby mode using a trickle of power that can add up over time. These are usually — but not exclusively — items with a remote control, because the remote sensor needs power while waiting for your input. Plug these electronics into a smart power strip, which cuts off the current when the devices aren’t in use.

Conduct a home energy audit: a home energy audit can identify additional ways to reduce your energy usage. Contact the professionals at Mister Sparky for advice on a home energy audit that can save you some serious cash!

Make an appointment here. For tips on a new energy-efficient air conditioner or heat pump, call the pros at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.