It’s a fact of life that utility rates continue to increase each and every year, and consumers are often shocked when the bill arrives. With our  increasing dependence on more gadgets it’s not surprising that our use has increased 13 fold since the 1950’s. The good news is that there are ways to manage and lower your utility bills without making big changes in your daily lifestyle. Listed below are some small ways brought to you by Onda Electric you may not have thought of that will result in lowering your utility costs.

Get rid of phantom energy draws – Leaving small appliances like the kettle, coffee maker, even computers plugged in is convenient even just sitting idle they continue to use electricity. Some of the worst offenders are gaming devices, cable boxes and video recorders, simply unplugging these when not in use will decrease your energy costs.

Turn off ceiling fans and lights in empty rooms – Good lighting is needed to avoid tripping hazards, but overhead lighting is very expensive. Using lamps to light up areas is more efficient, just remember to turn off lights when rooms are not in use. Ceiling fans often provide enough cooling and heat circulation to lessen the need for air conditioners or furnaces. Just a reminder to turn ceiling fans off in those empty rooms.

Switch to LED light bulbs – LED bulbs last 25 times as long as incandescent ones and use 80% less energy making them a worthwhile investment.

Home insulation – A poorly insulated home and drafty windows and doors will waste energy and drive up your utility bills so this should be on the list to fix.

Upgrade to Energy Star appliances – Older inefficient appliances use far more energy that newer Energy Star rated ones that will greatly reduce your energy bills.

Run appliances at full capacity – Dishwashers, washers and dryers are the most heavily used appliances in your home. Running them at full capacity will save energy and reduce your utility bills.

Thermostat settings – Keeping the thermostat at a consistent, comfortable temperature and resisting the urge to change it will save energy in the long run. Consider installing a smart thermostat as another way to reduce your energy bills.

Onda Electric in Victoria BC hopes you find these ideas helpful, for all your electrical requirements call our electricians in Victoria BC for more information.