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You don’t want to pay too much for your electricity and that’s true for everyone. But how do you make sure that you’re not paying too much? You need to think about all the different ways that you’re using electricity in your home, and some of them may not be as obvious. After all, your electricity can be affected by a number of different things in your home, and if you’re not careful, all of that can lead to expensive electrical repair. So, take a look at these tips to help cut down on those electrical repairs and more.
When you’re not using something you don’t need to leave it plugged in. This may seem easier and it’s something that a lot of people do, but if you’re leaving your electronics plugged in they’re actually using up electricity even when they’re powered off. While this doesn’t lead to an increase in electrical repair, it is increasing your electric bill. Gaming systems, laptops, cable boxes, and more will actually draw energy even if you don’t have them on, which costs you on your bill, more than you might realize.
Cut the Fan and the Lights
When you leave lights or even ceiling fans going in rooms that you’re not using it also costs you quite a bit. There’s a reason that the stereotype is fathers telling their kids to turn off the lights because ‘we’re not made of money.’ Leaving those lights on can absolutely increase your electrical bills. And fans aren’t doing anyone any good if they’re on but in a separate room. So, make sure you cut down on overusing things that you don’t actually need.
Switch to Energy Efficient Bulbs
Switching out your light bulbs is one that you’ve likely heard a lot about, and for good reason. It can save you a whole lot of money on your electrical bill without cutting down on the amount of light that you actually have in your home. You’ll be able to see just as well or even better with LED bulbs, but you’ll also be using a whole lot less electricity, which means you’re cutting down on your electrical bill. Once again, this doesn’t really help reduce electrical repair, but it’s still an important step.
Improve Your Insulation
You might not think that insulation and electrical go hand in hand but they absolutely do. After all, your electricity is helping to heat and cool your house. If you have more insulation you’re paying to do even more of that heating and cooling, which means your bills are going to go up. Putting in additional insulation can be expensive in the short run, but it’s definitely going to save you money over the long run so make sure you’re checking it out. You want to make sure that you have enough insulation to keep your home at the right temperature.
Choose Energy Star
Energy Star appliances are designed to use less electricity and that means that they’re designed to be as efficient as possible. They’re going to help the planet and they’re going to help you in Wilmington, NC because they cost less to run. If you have old appliances you’re probably getting a lot of electrical repair, plus you’re using more electricity than you need to be. If you get those old appliances replaced you cut down on both problems. They’re less likely to break, meaning less repairs, and while they’re working properly they use less electricity.
Keep Your Temperature Consistent
You should actually be setting your thermostat and letting it be at all times, rather than constantly turning it up or down. When you leave it at a consistent temperature it’s able to do its job more easily and you end up with less electrical repair. On the other hand, turning it up and down frequently means that it’s working a whole lot harder, and that costs you a lot of money in electrical bills as well as repairs, because it can cause even more damage to the unit.
Keep Your Appliances at Full Power
Using things like a washer or dryer or dishwasher uses a lot of power, and that means it’s best to use them when you absolutely have to rather than spending so much energy on using them when they’re only half-full. A half-full washer or dishwasher still uses the same power as a full one, which means you’re paying for that unit to run twice instead of once. That’s going to cost you a lot on your electrical bill. Not to mention it’s one more chance for something to go wrong and you need some type of electrical repair.
Get Professional Help
You can also get an energy audit done to find out more about where your family is using a lot of electricity and what you could be doing to fix it. You want to make sure that you’re cutting your usage to cut down your bills as well as make sure that you’re reducing the risk of needing electrical repair. By working with a professional you can find out more about what your home and your family needs. Plus, you’re going to be a whole lot happier with the end result. When you get that next electrical bill it’s going to be a whole lot better.
Give us a call at Mister Sparky of Wilmington to find out more about what you could be doing to cut your electrical bills and reduce your electrical repair needs. You may even be surprised at all the ways your Wilmington, NC home is using more electricity than they need to and just what you could be doing to take care of the problem. It’s not as difficult as you might think to reduce some of your electrical usage, so give us a call to find out more about your next steps. Before you know it, your bills are going to be better than ever.