Don’t let the warm weather turn into “summertime blues” when the monthly electric bill arrives. Here are some tips from Jones-Onslow to help keep your electric bill in check.
Adjust the thermostat
During the warmer months of summer, raising the thermostat a few degrees can save you real money. Set the temperature between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit and you could save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills. Programmable thermostats make it easy to save by offering pre-programmed settings to regulate a home’s temperature throughout the year. Go to joemc.com and visit the “Ask Chuck” section on the homepage to learn more.
Be a “fan-atic”
While they don’t replace an air conditioner or a heat pump, fans move the air so everyone feels more comfortable. On milder days, fans can save as much as 60 percent on electric bills. Whether it’s a portable fan or a ceiling fan, it’s simple…fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you are leaving.
Regular maintenance essential
Have your HVAC systems serviced annually by a certified technician. HVAC professionals will check the entire system to make sure it is running efficiently. This will help extend the life of the system and save money.
Use energy-efficient bulbs
Replace old, standard incandescent light bulbs, that have been in your home for years, with efficient CFLs or even LEDs. While they cost more upfront they’ll save you money down the road.
ENERGY STAR equipment
When it’s time to replace that cooling system, we recommend replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model. This could reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent. Rebates from JOEMC (on qualified models) are available to help reduce your upfront cost.