3 Ways You Can Lower Your Energy Costs

Posted on: 10 May 2017

Saving money on your energy bills involves more than just turning off a few lights. There are ways you can make meaningful changes to your home and your family's consumption of electricity that could result in real savings for you. To help get you started, here are just a few ways you can save on energy costs.  

Install a Programmable Thermostat 

Your home's heating and cooling system is one of the main consumers of energy in your home. When the system is not being properly regulated by the thermostat, your energy expenses can increase. A standard thermostat does not provide the type of regulation that is needed. However, a programmable thermostat does.  

The thermostat has a number of features that can help with keeping energy costs in check. For instance, the thermostat can be set to turn off the system throughout the day when no one is home and turn on about a half-hour before everyone returns.  

Update Your Electrical Wiring 

If your home's electrical wiring is outdated, it can struggle to handle the demands that are placed on it. As it works overtime to keep pace with your family's needs, it can call for more electricity to feed it. The result is a higher energy bill. 

Ideally, your entire electrical wiring system should be overhauled if it is outdated, but small modifications can make a difference. For instance, the addition of a dedicated ground circuit can help protect your electronics and help your home to help handle the electrical load that is being used. Your home will be safer and you can save money.  

Get an Energy Audit 

One of the most cost effective moves you can take to lower your energy bills is to get an energy audit by your electrician. The audit will take into account several factors to identify ways that your home is wasting energy and include recommendations that you can implement to lower your expenses.  

For instance, the audit will assess the number of air leaks in your home. Air leaks not allow air into your home, but they also allow air out. As a result, your heating and cooling system can struggle with keeping your home cooled or heated properly. When this happens, your energy bills are increased.  

After the audit, talk to your electrician about other measures you and your family can take right now to start lowering your energy bills. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Morris Electric Contracting & Service, Inc.