When you live in Texas in the summer months, there’s one thing that’s probably always on your mind: how hot it is. When temperatures start to rise in the Lone Star State, and especially in Lubbock where it’s not only hot but also dry, you can pretty much guarantee that your electric bill is also going to start climbing.
While most Lubbock electric companies don’t exactly want to help you lower your bill, here at Action Electric, we want to help our customers save as much money as possible. And even though we can’t control what the city charges for your electricity, we can help you manage your usage, so you aren’t paying more than you should just to keep cool in the summer and still do your daily tasks at home.
When you use electricity can affect the amount of your electric bill. Running certain appliances later in the evening can result in a lower electric bill. Yes, if you can manage to run your dishwasher after dinner, then you’re avoiding peak hours, and therefore any upcharges utility companies can place on your power usage.
Additionally, being prudent about when you run your dishwasher, air conditioning, or even when you have your lights on is also an easy way to save some cash. During the daytime, take advantage of natural light and the sunny summer skies by leaving your lights off while you open a window. And while you might want to blast your air conditioning as cold as possible to fight off the intense Lubbock heat, be mindful of your settings and try to keep your thermostat set at 72º or higher. Yes, we know that’s not exactly the Arctic tundra you want when you come in from the sweltering heat, but it will still keep you cool and be cost efficient.
While we know that it’s not always possible to update your appliances, if you can upgrade or if you’re moving and need to purchase new appliances, then we suggest looking into those with a good energy rating. Most newer appliances are made with energy savings in mind, but if you aren’t sure, then you can always look up your specific model to verify you’re saving the most power possible.
If you’re able to get more energy efficient appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, etc., then you’ll probably enjoy a lower electric bill as time goes on. Unfortunately, older appliances, as much as you might love them, tend to really drain your power. So, to get the most bang for your buck in the long term, a new appliance might be the answer.
Using solar energy is a great way to reduce costs and lower your electric bill. Additionally, using solar energy is great for the environment, but while it might come with a higher cost up front, the savings from solar panels are impressive especially when it comes to that electric bill.
Specifically, it’s estimated that solar panels can save home owners in Texas an estimated $18,000 over the course of 20 years. And if that’s not enticing enough, our certified electrical contractors are happy to install your solar panels and help ensure you’re getting the best out there. So, if you’re able to incur a cost to invest in lowering your future electric bills, then going solar is a great way to do it.
While we might be a little partial on this suggestion, at Action Electric, we can definitely work with you to help lower your electric bill. Whatever the season, when you’re stressed about how much your power costs each month, we can do troubleshooting to help ensure everything is working properly, install and wire in new energy-efficient appliances, and get you started on solar panels to bring down your costs.
We promise lowering your bill isn’t as hard as it sounds, and we’re here to help!