by Simone Forti – While it’s easy to assume that cutting energy sources or replacing them with smaller energy users will quickly reduce costs, this often leads to safety risks and potential damage to wiring or appliances.
To help you, we’ve listed the 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 voltage spike occurs.
Do electric heaters save money?
Electric heaters can be a great money-saving option if you have a smaller, more open-air home or just have an area that needs better heating in the colder months. However, because they are meant for smaller spaces, using electric heaters throughout your home will ultimately cost you more than an efficient home heating system.
Tip: For those especially cold days, try closing off unused spaces, making sure your ducts are properly sealed, and warming yourself with extra blankets or hot drinks. Check the seal around windows and doors and replace it if it is worn or missing.
Will turning off some switches save money?
In short, yes. However, turning off breakers frequently can cause circuit and appliance damage over time because they are meant to be a safety measure and not an energy saving method.
Tip: If you’re going on a long vacation or trying to reduce energy vampires in your home, start by turning down the temperature, unplugging major appliances (as well as major HVAC systems), or turning off power strips.
Does turning off the heating save money?
In addition to warming our freezing toes, heating your home prevents pipes from freezing and keeps appliances running smoothly, even when you’re not at home. So while we don’t recommend turning off the heat, turning the temperature down even a few degrees can have an impact on your electric bills.
Tip: While you’re away from home, set the thermostat on your heating system to a lower temperature. You can also save money by insulating your home better, sealing any air gaps, closing blinds, and scheduling a tune-up on your heating system to make sure it’s running at peak efficiency.
How to maximize savings on your electricity bill?
The most effective way to reduce energy consumption and save money is to get to the root of the problem. One way to deal with this problem is to learn how to read your electricity meter. This can help you track discrepancies between your monthly energy use and your consumption habits. From there, you can determine why your electric bill might be high and how to make practical lifestyle changes to reduce costs.