Whether you realize it or not, you probably have a handful of bad habits that may be seriously affecting your monthly electric bill. Although some of the things that you are doing that are causing electrical waste to accumulate may seem insignificant, they can really add up throughout a typical month. Your best bet to reduce your electrical bill and eliminate waste is to be conscious of the things that you may be doing so that you can take the steps that you need to make to change your bad electrical habits.
The following are some of the common culprits, when it comes to waste electricity.
Not Turning Off Bathroom and HVAC Fans
Although it is a good idea in many cases to use your bathroom fan after a shower, it is also important that you turn it off after about 25 to 30 minutes. Rather than doing this, some people forget about or ignore the fan so that it ends up running all day long. In conjunction with this, it is typically unnecessary to run your HVAC fan all day long. This can use a ton of energy, and can even bring unwanted hot or cold air from outside into your home. Make sure that the fan setting on your thermostat is set to “auto”, not “on”.
Opening Windows When the AC is On
This one can very quickly rack up a huge electrical bill if not placed in check. Even though you may be using a programmable thermostat or smartly moving your thermostat up and down as needed, it can all be wasted by leaving windows open while it’s running.
Using Inefficient Light Bulbs
A single light bulb may not make a huge dent in your electric bill. When magnified over the many bulbs in your many fixtures, however, the energy usage can really add up. Don’t skimp on light bulbs. Spend an extra couple bucks to make sure that you are getting the most efficient bulbs possible.
To talk about more intensive ways to save on your electric bill, get in touch with our crew at Elcon Electric. We are a fully licensed and experienced electrician in Fort Lauderdale that would be more than happy to help out. You can also read more at our website: www.elconelectric.com.