Electric bills can pile up, and that’s an expense you don’t need, both at home and at work. There are plenty of lists out there on how to save on electric bills, but which ones actually work? You can already remember to turn your lights off when you leave a room, but there must be other tips out there too, right? Automated Lights and Shades is a team of professional electricians, and today we want to talk about the things you can do to actually improve your electric bill.

Wash On Cold

Washing your clothes with hot water requires heating up the water and then running the washer and dryer. That means running your heater and your washer, which is a big chunk of your electric bill. Switch to washing with cold water and skip that heater expense.

Switch To LEDs

This may be a bit of a hurdle up front, but switching to LEDs saves homeowners roughly $100 every year, and even more so for businesses. If you’re going to the store to pick up LED light bulbs, look for the Energy Star label to make sure you’re getting the most efficient brands.

Use Dimmers

Light bulbs require electricity to run through them to light up. The brighter the light, the more electricity it needs. The reverse of that is also true. Installed dimmers can help you reduce the amount of electricity you’re using in rooms, or to adjust the lighting to a more efficient color without spending as much on electricity.

Adjust Your Thermostat

The most efficient temperature for air conditioning is 70° to 78°, but that’s not all you can do to improve your heating and cooling electric expenses. Before you leave your home or business, adjust the thermostat by eight degrees either up (in the summer) or down (in the winter). This can be simplified with a programmable thermostat that can be set on a schedule, an option in Lutron Homeworks that we service to homes and businesses in Manhattan and the surrounding New York area.

Run Appliances Of Peak

Did you know that electric companies have rates for different times of the day? While it may be unavoidable to keep the lights off in the afternoon and evening during the peak hours between 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., if you need to run a dishwasher, washing machine, or other high electricity appliance that doesn’t need to be on constantly, then try to run it from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. when you can save on off-peak rates for electricity.

Replace Your HVAC Filter

If your HVAC filter isn’t clean then your heating and cooling aren’t working at peak efficiency. This means your air conditioning is working overtime just to maintain your internal temperature. Make sure you clean or replace your filter every month to avoid unnecessary expenses.

Use Power Strips

Appliances will still pull in electricity even when turned off, which means that unplugging your electronics when they aren’t in use is an easy way to cut down on electric expenses. However, unplugging and replugging in all of your appliances when you need them can be a hassle. Pick up some energy-efficient power strips, which can be turned off with a switch to stop any extra electricity charges from coming in and avoids the extra work of manually unplugging a whole office.

Keep Windows & Doors Sealed

We often don’t think of all the cracks and crevices in a building where heating and cooling can slip out. It’s true that keeping your windows and doors closed while you’re running your air conditioning can save you money, but also make sure you have window and door frames have recent seals so that your air conditioning isn’t just slipping out through the cracks.

Install New Appliances

Installing new appliances is the most expensive item on this list, but it is also the most cost-effective in the long term. New appliances, even when they aren’t strictly designed to be energy-saving, will work more efficiently than older ones. Whether this is from more powerful machinery parts, better water and electric use to avoid waste, or shorter run times, new appliances spend less electricity, and investing in an upgrade can help you cut down your utilities in the long run.

Keeping your home efficient can require a lot of minute steps. Simplify the process by letting Automated Lights & Shades install Lutron Homeworks at your home or business. This automated system be integrated with your air conditioning, security system, and electricity use, turning on the lights when you get home as the air conditioning kicks back on. Save more and contact Automated Lights and Shades today.