Energy Bill higher than you’d like? These appliances might be why.

Receiving your electric bill in the mail is enough stress to raise anybody’s blood pressure at least a few points. More often than not, our bills are a lot more than we’d want them to be. If your electric bill has been consistently high, there could be a few culprits in your home eating up electricity and running your bill through the roof. Therefore, it’s probably in both your, and the planet’s best interest, to find which appliances in your home are responsible for the energy expenditure and how you could fix it. Electrical Gurus is dedicated to making sure that you have the right knowledge and resources for all of your electric needs.

Air Conditioner/Electric Heater

This one might not be much of a surprise. As you might know, the Midwestern summers and winters are anything but mild and you’re likely doing anything in your power to avoid freezing to death or drowning in a pool of your own sweat. Most central air conditioning systems tend to cost around $1.50 an hour. That’s almost $40 a day if you run it non- stop. If you’re a business, you might not have the option of shutting the AC or electric heat down. Fortunately, the Electrical Gurus provides services, such as sensors, that can help to make your business’s heating and cooling systems much more efficient. But in the meantime…

  • If you’re a homeowner, make sure to turn off your systems before leaving the house and when it’s nice out.  
  • Before turning the heat or AC on, go through the house and ensure that all windows and doors are closed.
  • Make sure that windows and doors are weather proofed.
  • Contact a residential electrician from Electrical Gurus to help make your heating and AC systems run more efficiently and ultimately bring down both your electric bill and the resulting blood pressure spike for months and years to come.

Refrigerator

*Ring* Is your refrigerator running? Well, then it’s probably eating up thousands of watts of electricity every hour. Unlike AC, you can’t just turn your refrigerator off unless you want chunky milk in your cereal. However, there are a few methods of saving energy without having to compromise your food.

  • Make sure to check the temperature set in the refrigerator so that it isn’t too cool. The optimal temperature to keep food safe is about 40 degrees in your fridge and your freezer at around 0 degrees.
  • Always make sure that your refrigerator is closed and that the seals on the doors are secure, ensuring that no cool air is escaping.  
  • Purchase a more energy efficient refrigerator. If your current one is a hand me down from your grandma, then maybe it’s time to upgrade. The initial cost will pay off for years to come.

Washer and Dryer

Can you imagine a life where you’d have to hang up all of your clothes after hand washing them?. No? Well, then thank goodness for washers and dryers. However, despite their convenience, these appliances can be a killer when it comes to energy expenditure. If you have a large household, or just a lot of clothes, then the amount of laundry that needs to be done in your home could begin to pile up. Because smelly clothes aren’t an option for most, consider some of these methods to really help with the laundry.

  • A great way to save on energy when doing laundry is to set the water temperature to cool, thus eliminating the heating component which expends a lot of energy.
  • Only wash full loads of laundry. Sometimes we’re tempted to wash clothes as soon as they get dirty, but waiting until you have enough clothes to fill an entire tub can reduce the overall amount of loads you do that year and can potentially save you a lot on electricity.
  • Upgrade your washer and dryer. Nowadays, most washer and dryer companies are designing their products to be super efficient. If you have an older set, then maybe it’s time to make the switch. It’ll save you money in the long run.
  • Whenever you can, hang up clothes to air dry instead of putting them in the dryer. It’s estimated that a single load in the dryer can cost almost $.40 per load, which can certainly add up.

Lighting

Lighting can cost you on energy in a variety of ways. Dependingent on the size of your home or business, a good chunk of your electric bill could contribute to the light fixtures. Here are some methods to save on electric bills run up by your lights.

  • Your parents have probably yelled at you to shut the lights off plenty of times. They weren’t wrong. Turning lights off is the first step to saving electricity.
  • Switch from incandescent to LED. Incandescent lighting is especially inefficient compared to LED and the change can save you tons on your next bill. WeUs at Electrical Gurus can help with the electrical installation of LED lights in your home or business. Give us a call today to see how we could help.
  • Call Electrical Gurus and we will install motion sensors and daylight sensors so that you won’t have to worry about lighting expenditure anymore.

Electric bills don’t always have to be a disaster and our team of experienced electricians are here to help ensure that the costs aren’t too high next time that bill comes in the mail.