It’s no secret that New Mexico is hot and sunny in the summertime. With the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing around the state, air conditioners are working overtime and energy bills are through the roof. If we’re lucky, the heat will subside in the next few weeks, but until then here are some quick tips to lowering your energy bill.
Make sure to utilize all of your thermostat’s functions.
- Most thermostats are programmable. This is helpful when you're not home because you can turn the temperature warmer (in the summer months), then have it automatically cool down when you’re on your way home.
- Many thermostats on the market are digital, and can be controlled through an app on your phone. Check your thermostat user manual to see if you have this capability. This functionality enables you to change the temperature whether you’re physically at your house or not.
Honeywell offers innovative, economical options for thermostats. The Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat is a low-cost option that is both programmable and can be controlled from a free mobile app.
Have an electric water heater? Heating water accounts for 14-18% of utility bills, making it the second largest utility expense.1
- Utilize your dishwasher, since they use less hot water than hand-washing dishes.
- Take quicker showers. The less hot water used, the less hot water your electric water heater will have to produce.
- Install aerators on faucets and lower your water heater temperature to 120°.
Don’t know if your water heater is gas or electric? Find out here.
Make the switch to energy-efficient.
- Start purchasing energy-efficient light bulbs. The average household spends about 5% of its energy budget on lighting.2 You’ll be using the same amount of light, but spending less for the energy.
- When it comes time to shop for new appliances look for energy-efficient ones. Some of the highest using energy appliances are washers and dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers.3
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