With the high cost of electricity increasing and fluctuating, it’s no wonder that many people have the same concerns about how and where to save on energy use in their homes. But when viewing a monthly electric bill, it’s hard to identify what percentage of energy use is necessary, and what amount is just overconsumption.
Because of this, many people prioritise saving money on their electric bill and with this goal comes some burning questions—ones that we have helpful answers to.
Your Most Common Questions About Electric Bill Savings Answered
While it’s easy to first assume that turning off energy sources, or replacing them with smaller energy users, will quickly cut back on costs, it often poses safety hazards and potential damage to your wiring or appliances.
To help, we’ve listed your most common questions, their answers, and some helpful tips:
Do surge protectors save money? - While surge protectors don’t directly save you money on your electric bill, they do prevent power outages or surges from damaging your devices and appliances. In turn, you can save money by not having to replace expensive technology or schedule more frequent safety inspections.
Tip: Install a whole-house surge protector to safeguard your home electronics before a power surge occurs.
Do electric heaters save money? - Electric heaters can be a great money-saving option if you have a smaller, more open home layout, or you just have an area that needs better heating in the colder months. However, because they are meant for smaller spaces, using electric space heaters throughout your home will eventually cost you more than running an efficient home heating system would.
Tip: For those extra cold days, try closing off unused spaces, making sure your ducts are properly sealed, and warming up with extra blankets or hot drinks. Check the weatherstripping around your windows and doors and replace it if it’s worn or missing.
Will turning off some breakers save money? - In short, yes. However, frequently turning off breakers can cause damage to your circuit and appliances over time because they are meant to be a safety measure, and not a method of energy saving.
Tip: If you’re going away on a lengthy vacation, or looking to reduce energy vampires in your home, start by lowering your temperature, unplugging big appliances (besides major HVAC systems), or turning off your power strips.
Does turning off your heat save money? - Besides warming our freezing toes, heating your home prevents your pipes from freezing and keeps appliances running smoothly, even when you’re not home. So, while we don’t advise shutting your heat off, lowering your temperature by even a few degrees can make an impact on electric bills.
Tip: While you’re away from home, adjust the thermostat on your heating system to a lower temperature. You can also save money by better insulating your home, sealing any air gaps, closing your blinds, and scheduling a tune-up for your heating system to make sure it’s running at full efficiency.
How To Maximize Savings on Your Electric Bill
The most effective way to reduce energy use and save money is to get to the root of the problem. One way to tackle this is by learning how to read your electric meter. Doing so can help you keep track of discrepancies between monthly energy use and consumption habits. From there, you can determine why your electric bill might be high, and how to make practical lifestyle changes to reduce costs.
Ask the Experts for Savings Advice
Despite your best efforts, some electrical costs might be beyond your control. The service experts at Birmingham Electrical Services have the experience to answer more specific questions about your electrical use based on your home’s needs. We can also identify hidden electrical issues with an electrical safety inspection. To get the best savings on your electric bill, call us at (0121) 4030000 or schedule