Do you pay attention to your electricity bills in the winter and the summer? Have you spent much time comparing them? Well, if you had you would see that your winter electrical services actually cost more than summer electrical services. Why is that? Well, we’re going to take a look at some things you may or may not know about electricity and how this happens and what you can do to reduce it. Then you’ll be more aware of what’s going on in your Florence, SC home.
It’s Harder to Get
One reason that it’s going to cost you more money to run your electricity in the winter months is that it’s actually more difficult to get that power to your home. The reason? More people are using their electricity. So you end up fighting to get the electricity you want with the other people in your area. Demand only continues to increase as the temperature goes up. After all, people want to be comfortable, and when the weather is cold it’s more difficult for that to happen, right? So, people start to demand more electricity. The cost of the process to get electricity from the source to the people’s houses continues to go up. And ‘the grid’ gets overworked. All of this results in higher costs overall.
More Is Used
And of course, people are using more electricity because, as we mentioned, they want to be comfortable. So it’s not just about the higher energy bills for turning the heat on. People are also using things like space heaters and electric blankets. They’re also using more hot water and they use electricity for longer periods of time every day. As a result, their electricity bills will continue to go up and up because of this use.
What Can You Do?
The good news is, your electrical services may be increased, but there are some things that you can do as well. These are some tips and tricks that might help you decrease your usage, even just a little. That way, you and your family can be comfortable, still keep your home warmer, but also keep your electric services down a bit more, saving you some money. You definitely don’t want to go broke in the winter, right? But you still want to use your electrical services in the best way possible.
First, reverse your ceiling fan. Did you know that you can set your ceiling fan blades to spin clockwise and get more warm air throughout the room? What it does is more efficiently move the air around from your Florence, SC home. So, when the furnace is on and the warm air is pumping through, putting your ceiling fan to spin clockwise will help keep that air in the room and down where you can feel it instead of letting it float up to the ceiling where it would otherwise.
If you adjust the temperature on your water heater you can also decrease the amount of energy used. While you may want to take a warm shower, especially when the weather around you is cold, you definitely don’t want to spend a lot of money on heating that water, right? If you have your hot water heater set above 120 degrees it’s definitely recommended that you turn it down, reducing your need for electrical services. You’ll still be able to get a nice hot shower, but you’re not going to be spending as much money or using quite as much electricity to do it.
Next up, make sure that you’re keeping out as much of the cold air as you can by keeping your garage door closed. If you have an attached garage and you keep the garage door open, even for short periods of time, cold air is getting into the garage and it’s getting to the interior walls of your home as a result. This is going to increase your bills because you’re going to be spending more money on things to keep your home warm. The same thing is true with your chimney damper. While you’re not using the fireplace make sure that it’s closed to keep out more cold air (but remember to open it anytime you light a fire).
Setting up a schedule for your thermostat to make sure that it is a comfortable temperature when you’re home but that it’s turned up again when you are is going to help you get the most out of your electricity. You’re going to reduce the amount of demand on your own electricity and energy, which means you’re going to help the electrical services grid, but you’re still going to be able to keep your family comfortable, which is the most important part.
What You Should Do
Keeping your family comfortable is the most important thing for you, right? You want your electrical services to work the way you expect them to and you also want to know that you’re getting the best possible experience from your electrical services. So, you want to keep an eye on everything that’s going on to make sure that happens. How do you do it? You make your use even more efficient and help your home to stay warmer without the use of extensive electrical services. This will cut your costs while still getting you the outcome you want.
With Mister Sparky of Florence, you can make sure that your home is more comfortable and that your electrical is working right. Your Florence, SC home can actually be just what you want it to be. And you can get even more tips, advice, and support in making sure of that from our team. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll come to you, wherever you are. Then we take care of your electrical problems right away. You want to hire the best, and that’s where we come in. You’ll be more than happy you called Mister Sparky of Florence.
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