Energy Saving Tips
Reduce Your Electricity Cost
With Electric Now Pay-As-You-Go electricity you can better manage your energy consumption through smart meter technology. The advantage of near real-time smart meter technology is that you can be aware of your prepaid energy consumption while you are using it, allowing you to better understand your usage and helping you to be more energy efficient.
Electric Now understands that reducing your energy use is important and will help to reduce that financial burden month over month. Review our energy saving tips and reduce your energy consumption today!
- If you plan to go on vacation, keep your central air conditioning usage to a minimum or even turn it off.
- Increase your air conditioning temperature by 2 degrees. You could save a significant amount, and you probably won’t notice the difference.
- Replace air conditioning filters every 4-6 weeks. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing your energy usage.
- Shade your windows, especially on the east and west sides, with awnings, solar screens, shutters, blinds, or curtains. Trees and shrubs shading your home can help to reduce the air-conditioning workload.
- Ensure that you have adequate insulation—it keeps heat out during the summer and keeps heat in during the winter.
- Check your attic’s ventilation. Good attic ventilation may lower the temperature during the hot summer months and help your air conditioning to cool your home.
- Close your fireplace damper during the summer and winter when you’re not using it to save on both your cooling and heating bills.
- Switch off electronics completely when you’re not using them. TVs use power even in standby mode. Computers use a lot of energy too, so consider upgrading to an energy-efficient monitor.
- Unplug electronics, battery chargers, and other equipment when you’re not using them. Together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Energy-saving light bulbs can last up to ten times longer than normal bulbs and use significantly less energy. A single 20- to 25-watt energy-saving bulb provides as much light as a 100-watt ordinary bulb.
- Use light wall colors to brighten the room and minimize the need for artificial lighting.
- Use three-way lamps; they offer different lighting levels when brighter light isn’t necessary.
- Tungsten halogen bulbs for spotlights last longer and are up to 100% more efficient than traditional light bulbs.
- High-frequency fittings for fluorescent tubes reduce flicker and are even more efficient than energy-saving light bulbs. These are great for kitchens, halls, workshops, and garages.
- Use motion sensors or photocell units for outdoor lights to turn them on only at night or when someone is present. Combine a photocell with a motion sensor to greatly increase your energy savings.
- Wash full loads of laundry: it’s more energy-efficient and you’ll use your machine less often.
- If you can, wash your clothes in cold water. Heating the water is about 90% of the total energy used by a clothes washer.
- Hang up your laundry to dry rather than using the clothes dryer. You’ll save energy, and your clothes and linens will smell fresher!
- If you need to use the clothes dryer, try a lower temperature setting.
- If you need a new dryer, try to find one with a moisture sensor that shuts off automatically when your clothes are dry.
- Check your hot water temperature–it doesn’t need to be higher than 140°F.
- When you’re home, turn your water heater down to 120° F or the "normal" setting. When you’re away, turn it down to the lowest setting.
- Turn off running water while you’re brushing your teeth, especially if you use warm water.
- Take showers rather than baths—a bath uses 5 times the amount of hot water. Use a low-flow showerhead, and it will pay for itself.
- Avoid pre-rinsing your dishes before using the dishwasher, and avoid washing dishes under hot running water.
- Use your dishwasher rather than washing your dishes by hand because it uses less water. Let dishes air dry to save even more energy!
- Use a microwave instead of a conventional oven. A microwave is more energy efficient for cooking than an oven.
- Keep the lids on your pots when cooking on the stovetop.
- Only boil the amount of water that you need. Turn down the heat as soon as it reaches the boiling point.
- Defrost your fridge regularly, because your freezer uses more electricity when ice builds up.
- Try to avoid placing the fridge next to the oven or other hot appliances. Also, make sure there’s plenty of ventilation space behind and above it.
- Before you go on a long vacation, empty and turn off your fridge. Leave the door open for ventilation.
- Your fridge reaches maximum efficiency when it’s at least three-quarters full. A full fridge is even more efficient because it doesn’t warm up too fast when the door is open, so it doesn’t work as hard to stay cool.
- Keep your fridge at 40°F and your freezer at 0°F.
- Let your food cool down before putting it in the fridge or freezer. The warm food raises the temperature and uses additional energy to cool the fridge down.
- If you have a spare fridge or freezer that you use in your garage, unplug or recycle it if you don't really need it.
Energy Usage Myth 1
Leaving ceiling fans on all day, even when you're not home, will lower the inside temperature of your home.
Reality: Ceiling fans do not lower the temperature in a room and can increase your energy costs if they are left on when no one is in the room. The air circulation from the ceiling fans makes us feel cooler, but they do not actually lower the temperature of the room.
Energy Usage Myth 2
It takes more energy to switch on a light than to just leave it on.
Reality: There's only a minimal power surge when you turn on a light. If you plan to be out of a room for more than a couple of minutes, turn off the light.
Energy Usage Myth 3
It takes more energy to cool a house if the AC has been off all day than to keep the AC running at 85 degrees during the day.
Reality: It takes less energy to cool down a house at the end of the day than to leave the air conditioning running all day at a higher temperature.