5 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bills
and Save Money
High energy bills? Here are some valuable Arizona energy saving tips
from your friends at AZ Insulation & Energy Solutions.
Are your AZ electric bills scary-high? What if we told you there are several things you could do to reduce your electric bills and save money? And no, we’re not talking about simply running your AC less and sweating it out in misery! We’re talking about real money-saving steps that require no sacrifices on your behalf. How? Because the focus is on improving the energy efficiency of your home, and as a result consuming less energy.
What is the average electric bill in Arizona during the summer?
In 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported the average monthly electric bill in Arizona was $120.51, that’s 5.6% higher than the national average. If that seems low or high in comparison to your bill, keep in mind electricity costs can vary drastically based upon several factors. For instance, the size of your home, how much direct sunlight it gets, type of roof, type of insulation, age of home, type of windows, and the list goes on.
If you think your energy bill is too high, even by Arizona standards, you could benefit from a home energy audit.
What is the average electric bill in Phoenix during the summer?
Phoenix doesn’t get quite as toasty as some parts of Arizona, like Yuma, for instance. Still, as you know, it gets extremely hot in Maricopa County. In fact, Phoenix was recently awarded the second hottest city in the nation, right behind Yuma in the top spot, and Tucson in third. With over 169 days a year that see temperatures climb over 122° F, it’s easy to see how the average energy bill in Phoenix can get a little steep.
Arizona Energy Saving Tips
No matter what part of Arizona you live in, these 5 things can help you lower your electric bills.
1. Invest in a Home Energy Audit
The Number One Way to Save Electricity!
A home energy audit determines areas of weakness within your home that allow energy waste to occur. For instance, perhaps cool air generated by your AC is escaping through old windows. Or, your HVAC system is no longer operating at peak performance and is costing you more money to run that it’s worth.
A whole home energy audit identifies potential energy-sucking culprits while identifying the most cost-effective solutions. All in all, it gives you a plan of action to make your home more energy efficient, which ultimately leads to lower electric bills and money saving advantages.
A Home Energy Audit can detect:
Leaky duct work
Unbalanced room pressures
Inadequate insulation levels
Combustible appliance safety
Did we mention we offer FREE consultations for first-time customers?
2. Keep Track of Regular Energy Usage
Take time to look over your monthly electric bill and overall energy usage each month. Are bills relatively stable, or do they seem abnormally high? How does your bill compare with neighbors and friends who live in similar-sized homes in your area?
Regularly monitoring your bill allows you to pinpoint fluctuations early on. The sooner you catch rising electric bills, the faster you can do something about it and stop wasting money.
3. Replace Old HVAC Units
The National Association of Home Builders reports that if your air conditioning unit is 10 to 15 years old (the average unit lifespan), it might be time to replace it. A newer and more energy efficient HVAC unit can keep your home more comfortable in the summer and winter, all while costing less money to operate.
4. Upgrade Windows
Windows can cause excess heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, especially older windows that have not been updated. Installing energy efficient windows helps maintain more consistent interior temperatures, thus reducing your electric bill. Bonus perk, new windows can upgrade the look of your home without breaking the bank.
Already have new-ish windows but want to make them even more energy efficient? Consider adding window tint.
5. Switch Out Incandescent Bulbs for LED Bulbs
Remove energy-wasting incandescent bulbs and replace them with energy-friendly LED bulbs. Not only do LED bulbs use up a small fraction of the energy traditional bulbs utilize, but also, they last a lot longer before needing to be replaced.
The first step to a more energy efficient home and lower electric bills?
A Whole Home Energy Audit by AZ Insulation & Energy Solutions!