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Looking for a way to lower your electric bill? There are many simple practices you can implement in your home to reduce energy consumption and lower your electric bill. Save money and reduce your carbon footprint with a few of these energy-saving tips.

1. Programmable Thermostat

Using a programmable or smart thermostat can help ensure that your HVAC system isn’t running when you don’t need it. Your air conditioner and furnace can account for a significant amount of energy use. With a programmable thermostat, you can control the temperature of your house throughout the day—this way you won’t be paying to heat up or cool down your house when you aren’t there. No need to keep your house at 70 degrees throughout the workday if no one is home. Programmable thermostats will save you money, decrease energy usage, and keep your home at a comfortable temperature when you are home.

2. Insulation

How well your house is insulated will have a bearing on your home’s effectiveness at keeping your climate-controlled air inside while keeping the untamed air outside. If you have limited or poor insulation, your HVAC system will have to run more often to keep your temperature consistent.  Investing in better insulation and sealing off drafty areas will go a long way in keeping your home cool in the summer and warm and cozy in the winter. This will help you save energy and ultimately money in reducing your energy bill.

3. Air Filters

One of the most effective ways to save energy is to maintain your HVAC system. Changing air filters regularly will ensure proper airflow allowing your HVAC system to operate most efficiently. A dirty filter blocks the flow of air from entering your HVAC system, causing it to work harder, which in turn uses more energy, and can even lead to malfunctions and costly repairs. Replacing the air filter is a simple and cost-effective way to ensure your HVAC system is getting the right amount of airflow. 

4. Use Hot Water Sparingly

Hot water is one of the most energy-consuming things to create. Because it requires both water and heat, it can drive your energy consumption up significantly. Shave some money off of your energy bills by lowering your hot water use. Run the dishwasher a little less, take shorter showers, or wash your clothes in cold water. You can also lower the temperature of your water heater. Ideally, your water heater should be set around 120 degrees F. If you ever spend an extended period of time away from your home, you can save some energy by turning off your water heater or lowering the temperature while you’re gone.

If you’re looking for a high-efficiency  HVAC system or programmable thermostat to increase your home’s energy efficiency, contact the experts at Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Air. We can help make your home more energy-efficient with a new high-efficiency HVAC system and programmable thermostat.