San Luis Obispo electrical contractor releases ‘Top ways to reduce the electric bill’

  • Make sure furnace and air conditioning filters are replaced frequently and that nothing is blocking the air flow from vents.
  • Ceiling fans can also be less expensive to run than the air conditioning.
  • Install a smart thermostat that allows remote control of the interior temperature. It’s less expensive to adjust the temperature when on the way home than to let the heat or cooling system run on automatic all day.
  • Use motion detectors and timers on exterior lighting to turn the lights on when they are needed and off when not needed.
  • Dimmers for interior lights make it possible to have some light without bright lights running up the bill. Using more efficient LED lighting is also cost-effective.
  • Use the air dry setting on the dishwasher.
  • Do the laundry with cold water and clean the dryer’s lint trap.
  • Use an energy-efficient convection or microwave oven instead of the regular oven when possible.
  • When cooking meals, double the recipe and freeze the extra. It usually takes less energy to warm up a thawed meal than to cook from scratch.
  • Keep cold drinks on ice in a cooler in the warm months. Constantly opening the refrigerator door for a cold drink keeps the refrigerator running.
  • Inspections, repairs and maintenance
  • Installations of new wiring, circuit breakers, outlets, switches, smoke detectors, phone and data lines and much more
  • Underground and overhead inspections, repairs and installations

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