Precision Tech’s 10 Tips to Lower Your Energy Bill

Insulation saves electricity

The more insulated your home, the easier it is to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. It’s a good idea to insulate your ceiling, as about 40% of heat escapes through your roof in winter. Effective winter insulation also includes covering glass windows with heavy curtains and blinds. In addition to closing gaps around doors (to stop cold air drafts). Insulation slows heat transfer and makes your house warmer in the winter.

Close doors to rooms that are not occupied

By shutting the door to an unoccupied room, you can trap the heat in the room and not let it travel into a cooler room.

Use lighting controls

You can further save additional money on your electrical bill by using motion sensors and timer controls.

Unplug electronics

When you are away, unplug those kitchen appliances, DVD players, TVs, and computers to save energy and money.

Use a power strip

If the idea of running around the home to unplug everything is a bit too much. Then use power strips to plug in multiple appliances. Then turn it all off with the flip of the switch.

Limit usage in peak hours

You can save money on your electric bill by simply changing the time of day you run the oven. Do laundry or run the heater. That’s because some power companies change electric costs based on the time of day. It can cost 30-60% more to operate your electronics during peak hours of energy usage. Peak hours are usually between 6-10 am and 3-9 pm. Weekends and holidays tend to be off-peak.

Add moisture to the air

Humid air feels warmer than dry air, so add moisture to the air. Now, you can comfortably reduce your thermostat a degree or two. Consider installing a whole house humidifier with help from Precision Tech Home Services.

Adjust the temperature

Set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature when you are at home. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10 degrees from your normal setting. </p>

Run your fridge efficiently

Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can’t escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 39° or 41°F and an ideal freezer temperature is 0-5°F. If you have a second fridge or freezer, only turn it on when you need it.</p>

Buy LED light bulbs.

They use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. The bulb also lasts longer.

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