It’s November, and winter is almost here. The days are shorter, there’s a chill in the air, and it might be time to start thinking about your energy plan for this month. You may already reduce your electricity bill by turning off lights when you leave rooms or installing LED light bulbs that consume less power than regular incandescent light bulbs. These small changes can reduce your electricity bill significantly, but they won’t help you create a perfect energy management plan that will reduce your bills even more. We’ll discuss how to do just that today.
Get LED Bulbs
If you haven’t already gotten rid of all your incandescent light bulbs and replaced them with LED bulbs, now is the time to do it. Incandescent lights consume far more energy than LEDs, so you’ll reduce a huge chunk from your electric bill right away with this switchover alone.
- LEDs reduce energy usage by 90% or more when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.
- LEDs reduce energy usage by 70% or more compared to compact fluorescents (CFL).
- When placed in fixtures with shades and/or covers, they reduce energy usage even more, reducing the bulb’s overall lumen output.
Insulate Your Windows
During the winter months, heat escapes through your windows. This can be due to drafty homes, poor insulation, or just old windows that are no longer energy-efficient. The result is higher heating costs for you during this time of year.
You can reduce heat loss by using plastic window insulators with adhesive backing on the inside of your windows. These stick to the window and reduce drafts while also increasing thermal retention.
Insulating your windows is an easy way to reduce energy consumption. This method can reduce up to 25% of heat loss from your home. This will reduce cold drafts, minimize heat loss in winter and reduce heat gain in summer.
Unplug any Electronic Equipment When Not in Use
If you’re not using any electronic equipment, unplug it. Even when they are turned off, appliances and electronics still consume a small amount of energy if they are plugged in. Unplugging them could reduce your electricity bill by $100 or more each year, depending on the size of your home. You can also reduce the waste of power by turning off lights, TVs, and other appliances when you are not using them.
Hang-Dry Your Clothes instead of Using a Dryer
Hanging clothes on the line instead of using a dryer is one of the most effective ways to reduce your electricity bill. Just ensure not to hang-dry delicate fabrics like silk or wool. You can significantly reduce the use of energy by hang-drying your clothes.
Be sure to check with other family members before changing or adding anything to ensure everyone is on board with this plan! If you have older appliances that aren’t energy-efficient, ask if they would be willing to replace them to reduce energy. If you choose new appliances, ensure that they are Energy Star rated products because these have been tested and shown to reduce electricity usage by 20-30%.
At CIV LED Lighting Solutions, LLC in Ft. Wayne, we are committed to making your lighting more affordable. We can design a custom energy-efficient system based on your requirements. Get a free quote from our energy consultants and learn more about our energy savings program today.