Save electricity – save money
Below are some ideas to help you save electricity and lower your bill.
- Disconnect non-essential appliances when you leave home for an extended period. Appliances like your hot water heater, landscape irrigation, and well pump continue to use electricity while you are gone. Most TVs that are not turned on will still consume power if you use a remote to turn them on.
- Pay attention to the location of your refrigerators and freezers. If you place them in direct sunlight or in an unconditioned space such as a breezeway, garage or out-building, they’ll work harder to overcome excessive heat during warmer months. They’ll also work harder if they have inadequate ventilation. These appliances account for a substantial part of your electric bill.
- Consider replacing appliances that are more than 15 years old. The efficiency of appliances decreases as they get older and thus consume more energy.
- Clean or replace the condenser, coils or filters on appliances regularly. Inspect appliances to make sure connections have not come loose, which may increase their power demand and create a potential safety hazard.
- Recognize that additional heating and cooling will cause an increase in electric use. On average, heating and cooling your home represents 44 percent of the energy you use. Space heaters, baseboard heaters, livestock heaters, and vehicle block heaters in winter can dramatically increase your energy consumption. Running a dehumidifier or watering your lawn and gardens in the summer months will also increase your energy use.
- Consider having BEC test your home's ground rod installations and signing up for surge protection. Lightning can sometimes damage your well pump, sump pump or appliances, which may increase the time these devices run.
- Request budget billing to level your bill throughout the year. This won’t reduce your cost for electricity, but it will eliminate month-to-month fluctuations.