The ENERGY STAR is an accolade given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to a product that meets the rigorous energy-efficiency guidelines set forth by the U.S. government in order to reduce greenhouse emissions. An ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner uses about 15% less energy than non-certified models. That 15% could save you around $85 over the unit’s lifetime. To learn more, go to energystar.gov
Air leakage occurs when air from the outside enters and conditioned air leaves your house through cracks and openings. Although you may not notice it, this makes it harder and more expensive for you to ventilate your home. Reducing the flow of air leaking in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut the price of cooling and maximize the functionality of your air conditioning system. Caulking and weather-stripping are the two most simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns after investing. Caulk is used to fill cracks and openings between stationary and foundational house components, such as around door and window frames, and weather-stripping is used to seal operational components, such as doors and operable windows.
Residents of Kentucky paid an average of 10.47 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for their electricity in August, one of the lowest rates in the country and well below the U.S. average of 13.30 cents/kWh. However, they use an average of 1,121 kWh per month, well above the U.S. average of 897. That leaves the state with a Choose Energy Price Index score of 101.4, which places it 25th nationally.
There are a variety of different types of gas and electricity plan that are currently out there for prospective customers to consider. Some plans offer fixed rate deals , these allow you to be sheltered from price rises over an agreed period of time. Other plans allow you to manage your entire account online, making it easier and more efficient for you to handle your energy supply.
A shocking 75 percent of the energy used by home electronics is consumed when they're turned off. These "phantom" users include televisions, DVD players, stereos, computers and many kitchen appliances—basically anything that holds a time or other settings. A simple solution? Plug all of these items into power strips; then, get in the habit of turning off the strips between uses.
**Replace your HVAC & furnace filters. **Most renters and homeowners overlook HVAC and furnace filters. However, when you take the time to look up at your vents, you are bound to see dust and residue building up in them. All you have to do is take off each individual vent cover and vacuum the vent and filter. If they look and feel like they need to be replaced, purchase new ones to help improve the air flow in your space. You could save $7-10 each month if you replace your filter regularly. If you rent an apartment, your maintenance staff should be doing this regularly for you.
Roughly half of an average home’s annual energy bill (gas and electric), about $1,000, is spent on heating and cooling. Air conditioners placed in direct sunlight use up to 10 percent more electricity. If yours sits in the sun, plant tall shrubs or shade trees nearby—but don’t enclose the unit or impede the airflow. Place window units on the north side of the house or install an awning over them.
Ideally, a load of laundry should pack in as many articles of clothing as possible, but stuffing your washer until it's full isn't a good idea. While the washer can likely fit whatever you throw at it, if you're using a machine drier afterwards you need to consider what it can handle as well. If there's little room for movement in the drier, the hot air won't be able to do its job and you may have to run the drier twice. That's really inefficient, so make sure your load of laundry doesn't take up too much room in the drier before you wash it. A good rule of thumb is to leave about 25% of the drier unfilled so there's room for movement, and even more if you're drying large bed sheets or blankets. Many driers are larger than washers, and your clothing takes up less space when wet, so your clothing will always fit. Measure for 25% before you wash to ensure you leave enough room for good air flow.
*Save Over £390 - Over 10% of the estimated quotations raised by users of the Simply Switch Website to switch their gas and electricity suppliers between 01/02/2015 - 01/06/2015 produced a predicted annual saving of £390 or more. Current combined spend for gas and electricity of between £84 and £6869. Savings may have included Direct Debit and online discounts. Energy prices vary by usage and postcode.
On top of that, the introduction of the Federal Carbon Tax saw an increase in household electricity prices by up to 8%. When that cost was added to other expenses like higher wholesale electricity prices, the cost for renewable energy programs implemented by the government, and the charge for greenhouse gas restraining measures, households were warned they would see an average energy bill increase from $300 to almost $1900 per year for the 2013/14 period.
When dealing with large and flat objects (e.g. a cutting board), do not place them close and parallel to the dishwasher door. When loaded up front like this, flat objects can prevent the detergent door from fully opening and the detergent from being used at all. This prevents the dishwasher from properly cleaning your dishes and you'll have to run the load again. That's twice the power consumption.
You can also use the unit's I-Feel remote control for straightforward AC operation. This remote is quite nifty in and of itself, as it boasts an I-Feel temperature sensor. The sensor keeps tabs on the temperature in its vicinity, and sends this information back to your AC unit (which ostensibly, is a bit further away), automatically telling it to either crank it up a notch or perhaps turn it down. I found this feature to be particularly useful, as the Hi-Smart effectively intuitively adjusted itself without my having to interfere — again, allowing me live my peak lazy lifestyle.
Raising your refrigerator temperature by a few degrees can save you hundreds of dollars a year. The fresh food section of your fridge only needs to be at 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit, and many times fridges are programmed at two to five degrees lower than necessary. As for your freezer compartment, you only need to set it to between zero and negative five degrees Fahrenheit.
You can organize and shop by pricing at YOUR individual usage level, which allows you to shop and compare energy plans based on the rates you’ll actually see appear on your bill, inclusive of taxes and hidden fees. You won’t be misled by the “teaser rates” tied with higher usage levels that many homes never experience, as their usage level never reaches that pricing tier.
Don't keep your thermostat at a steady temperature. When you're away at work or asleep, turn it up so your air conditioner doesn't click on as often. Better yet, get a programmable house thermostat, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, or a timer on your window units. That way you can come home to a cool house without running your air conditioner all day. Do the same in winter with your heat. Raising or lowering the temperature can save as much as $100 a year. Heat pumps are one exception to this rule. "A heat pump is more electrically efficient if it is kept at a constant setting," according to George Lewis of the energy company PPL Corporation.
It is unlikely that you’ll see any change at all. You will be receiving the same electricity as you always have been, just from a different company. The only difference you definitely will see will be smaller charges for your electricity. By using our price comparison service you’ll be able to cut costs to your energy tariffs and save more money on electricity and gas.
Our interactive map shows you the latest available residential retail utility rates for each state across the United States, and by how much they increased on average, each year during the period between 2005 and 2017, otherwise known as the escalation rate. This map of electricity rates can help you assess whether you want to mitigate against the risk of increasing rates by investing in solar panels.
Short-term prices are impacted the most by weather. Demand due to heating in the winter and cooling in the summer are the main drivers for seasonal price spikes. In 2017, the United States is scheduled to add 13 GW of natural-gas fired generation to its capacity. Additional natural-gas fired capacity is driving down the price of electricity, and increasing demand.
Whether you’re considering time-of-use plans or not, going solar will help you save money on electricity. The EnergySage Solar Marketplace makes it as easy as possible to compare solar pricing from a variety of installers in your local market. Alternatively, if you want to start investigating solar with some estimates of what it may cost and save you in electricity bills overtime, check out our Solar Calculator.