When it comes to controlling your electrical use in your home, it is important to know what in your home eats up all the electricity. Understanding the appliances and things that eat up your electricity can help you make better electrical choices.
Water heaters can be powered by various sources, from electricity to natural gas to propane. If you have an electrical water heater, then you are probably spending a lot of money every month heating up your water. This is extremely true if you live in a cold climate.
If you have an electrical water heater, there are some changes you can take to reduce the amount of energy it uses. You can insulate your water heater and all your hot water pipes so less residual heat is lost. You can try to use less hot water when you shower. You can also wash your clothes with cool or warm water instead of hot water. To really save money, turn your water heater down a little bit.
You can also reduce the electricity your water heater uses by installing an on-demand water heater that only produces hot water when you need it.
One of the biggest energy drains on your electrical output in most homes is the air conditioning system. Most air conditioning systems are powered by electricity. One of the best ways to reduce your air conditioning costs is by installing an Energy Star-rated air conditioning system.
Additionally, you can make small changes to your home that will help keep it cool and reduce how long and often your air conditioning system needs to run by installing a smart thermostat, using window treatments, and using fans to circulate the air in your home.
Another major source of electrical drainage is an electric heating system, be it an electric furnace or baseboard heaters. The truth is that most electrical heating systems are far less energy efficient than heating systems that rely on other sources of fuel. If possible, try to switch to a heating system that uses either propane or natural gas, both of which tend to be more affordable for heating your home. You can get more energy-efficient and use geothermal heat pumps too.
Make sure you know which appliances use up all the electricity in your home. You can change out those appliances for things that consume less energy and thus reduce your yearly energy costs.
For more information, get in touch with an electrician at a company like Ranger Electric.