Cable, internet, gas, water, sewer and electric. Whether you rent or own your home, utility bills can stack up quickly, becoming expensive and even overwhelming. But there is something you can do. Read on for tips to lower your Cleveland electric bill.
How to Lower Your Cleveland Electric Payment
Line Dry Your Laundry (While You Can)
True, Cleveland weather does not allow for line drying your clothes all-year-round. But you can give your dryer the summer off and give your electric bill a break, too.
Check Your Hot Water Heater
Set your hot water heater to 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit. You will still get the heat you need, but you won’t spend as much energy heating your water.
Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water
The temperature of the water isn’t what kills germs, soap is. Choose cold for your loads and keep your electric bill out of hot water.
Ask for an Energy Audit
Ask your Cleveland, Ohio, electric company for a free energy audit. It is a great way to identify areas of energy usage that could be improved in your home.
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Change Your Filters
Double check your HVAC system’s guidelines for filter changes and follow them! A clean, well-performing system means less energy used and fewer dollars down the drain.
Switch to LED Lightbulbs
Did you know LED bulbs use 90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs? If you don’t want to replace every bulb right away, start with the lights used most in your home, then replace the rest as they burn out.
Install Dimmer Switches
Dimmers allow you to be in control of the amount of light (and energy) used in each room of your house. Find them at your local home improvement store, then check out this this how-to video.
Install Ceiling Fans
While you are at the home improvement store, pick up ceiling fans for bedrooms and living spaces. By circulating the air in your home, you can keep the AC from working so hard. You can find them for as little as $30 and even install them yourself.
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Embrace a Smarter Home
Smart homes are making life (and bills) better. A programmable thermostat like the Nest can learn your patterns and run heating and cooling systems more efficiently.
Replace Old Appliances
If your appliances are more than 10 years old, opt for newer, more efficient Energy Star versions that can drastically reduce your energy spend.
When it comes time to replace your hot water heater, consider a tankless (or on-demand) option. It can cut your hot water energy cost in half!
Discover more ways you can lower your Cleveland electric bill. Contact AC Electric today.