Three Tips for Proper Home Electrical Use

Posted on: 19 October 2015

It always pays to be looking for ways to save money on your utilities. Electricity tends to be one of the most expensive utilities, especially during the cold weather seasons when people are spending more time inside, hanging Christmas lights, and heating their homes. If you want to be sure that you are able to save some money on your electric bill, follow these electrician-approved pointers to keep your lights on with more money in your pockets. 

Tip #1: Be Mindful of How Your Refrigerator Is Operating and Adjust It as Needed

Since your refrigerator is an appliance that is constantly running, you need to be sure that it is efficient with its use of electricity. One of the ways to do this is to lower the temperature and keep it constant. For best results, you will want to set your refrigerator temperature at approximately 30° to 42°. Many of today's refrigerators are also energy efficient. You should purchase an Energy Star model or any other energy efficient model whenever possible. Otherwise, use your refrigerator's power save mode if it has one.

Tip #2: Take Care of Your Heating and Cool Systems and Use Energy Saving Modes

Taking care of your HVAC system will allow you to also be a good steward of your electrical use. Make sure that you swap your filters out monthly so that your air conditioner is not overworking and burning electricity. When possible, use a heating and cooling system that has a programmable thermostat. Setting the thermostat to higher temperatures at night and while you're away during the summer and to lower temperatures at the same times in the winter will significantly reduce your energy bills and allow your home to be more comfortable throughout the seasons.

Tip #3: Request an In-Home Energy Audit from an Electrical Contracting Company

Receiving an in-home audit from an electrical contractor is perhaps the best thing that you can do in order to keep your home thriving with the necessary energy. They will see where your home is wasting energy and will counteract it with the necessary maintenance or repair. Getting one of these audits on at least an annual basis will always let you know how your home is utilizing your electricity improperly and will allow you to act accordingly in order to manage it.

Take heed to these three valuable tips and do not hesitate to reach out to an electrical contractor, such as one from Williams Electric Supply, if you need more help.