It’s no secret the cost of owning and running a home can add up in no time. Your electric bill for your Kelowna home is no exception. However, there may be small changes you make that can have a significant effect on your electric bill. Here at Epic Electric, we’ve compiled a few ways to save electricity and save on your electric bill.
Wash Your Clothes Efficiently
Did you know almost 90% of the energy your washing machine uses is used for heating the water? While some loads may need warm to hot water, washing your clothes in cold water as often as you can will add up and save you money on your electric bill. When it comes to drying your clothes, throwing a dry towel in with a wet load of laundry can significantly reduce drying times, saving you time and money. Additionally, cleaning out that lint trap in your dryer after every use could reduce your dryer’s energy use by 30%. Or, you can forgo the dryer altogether and air dry your clothes. This method saves 100% of the energy you’d normally spend on dry time! Not only that, it’s easier on your clothes and may make them last longer.
Manage Your Thermostat
According to Victorian Energy Saver, every degree you set your thermostat above 20 degrees can add about 10% to your heating bill! Of course, this only applies in the winter. In the summer, keeping your thermostat set higher can save you money on air conditioning bills. With this in mind, you may want to keep your doors and curtains shut to keep cool air from escaping.
Keep Your Fridge & Freezer Running Efficiently
Keeping your freezer full can actually reduce the amount of electricity you use. Contrastingly, you should make sure your fridge isn’t overfilled since it can block air circulation and make your fridge work even harder.
With that in mind, you should only keep extra fridges and freezers plugged in if you absolutely need them. Running more than one fridge and/or freezer can significantly add to your electricity bill over time. Turning it off can save you upwards of $150 a year! If you’ve had your current fridge for a while, it may be time to check it’s seal. The seal keeps the cold air inside the fridge and can cost you a lot of money if it’s not working properly. So, how do you know if it needs to be replaced? Try closing a piece of paper in the fridge, if it stays, so can the seal. If you can pull it out easily, it’s time to replace it and seal in those savings.
Unplug Unused Electronics
Did you know standby power, or in other words, power from devices that are plugged in but not even being used, can account for a total of 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use? That’s a shocking amount of wasted money and electricity. Try to remember to turn off your lights when you leave a room and unplug electronic devices when you’re not using them.
Here at Epic Electric, we’ve been in the business of taming electrons for over 15 years. We know electric bills can add up and would love to help you save money on your electric bill wherever you can. If you have more questions or need help with the electrical in your Kelowna home or business, don’t hesitate to contact us!