Advanced Power Saving Tips

bulbAs the cost of electricity continues to rise, people have been looking for more and more different ways to cut back their usage. There are the tried-and-true tips that we’ve all seen; turning off lights and appliances that aren’t in use, shutting down computers after inactivity, using hot water sparingly, etc. All of these things are all good and fine, but they will only take one so far in terms of reducing their electricity bill down to a more manageable level.

So what’s left to do? Well, there are actually a few more advanced ways to reduce electrical usage. No, they don’t involve not using electricity altogether, but rather focus on more involved means of improving efficiency electrically in various appliances. Actually, there’s really only 2 appliances to focus on: the a/c and the water heater.

Why these two? Because they together make up about 2/3 of your totally electricity usage per month. So while changing light bulbs out for LED bulbs is all good and fine, the real areas to tackle are the aforementioned two.

So what are these advanced tactics? Well, let’s get into them starting with the water heater.

water-heaterWater Heater Optimization

To optimize the water heater, you will need to start by ensuring that you aren’t having it work harder than it needs to by having the temperature set too high. If you can burn yourself with the hot water coming out of your fixtures, then it’s set too hot. A good temperature to set it to would be 115°. So if you’re running hotter than that, you should adjust the temperature lower. Doing so isn’t as easy as it sounds. Most water heaters don’t have a simple knob, but rather have to have the power shut off to them, have a panel (sometimes two) removed and then the temperature adjusted. You’ll need to follow the instructions for your specific model water heater. Once that’s finally done, now you can get some additional insulation for your water heater. This will help to keep the heat inside for longer and thus you’ll need to run less heating cycles. This will again optimize performance in terms of efficiency. You can also insulate the connecting pipes that are visible. Then of course you can limit your hot water usage by only washing clothes and dishes with cold water.Now that this one is tackled, let’s move onto the next.

air-conditionerAir Conditioner Optimization

This is the big one as your a/c eats up about 50% of your electricity all on it’s own. It’s because not only does it run longer than any other appliance you have, but it’s also terribly inefficient. It will actually draw more power than it needs from the power company with the additional power going to waste. So to counteract this, you’ll need an electric saving device. It’s a device that you use to collect the wasted electricity and then send it back to your other appliances. All on it’s own it can work wonders for your electricity bill, with 15% drops being common results. If you’re wondering how to get the electric saving device, you’ll most likely need to look online for it as it’s not usually found in stores. Once you have it set up, you won’t have to do anything else. After this, the next thing to do would be to install a programmable thermostat. This will allow you the set your a/c up to only run when you want it to and at what temperature. This way you can avoid accidentally leaving it on all day. But this isn’t the point. You’ll want to set it to gradually turn up the temperature at night as it isn’t so hot outside. As people sleep, they won’t notice the gradual change in temperature and you can actually save quite a bit of power in this manner (it’s every night for several hours that you are running with less a/c).

So those are the advanced power saving methods. They aren’t actually all that hard to setup but will offer great results not otherwise possible. Short of giving up the use of certain appliances altogether, then this is about the best that you’ll be able to do in terms of saving electricity in your home.