Keeping Other Electricity Expenses Under Control
Air conditioning will represent the lion’s share of your power bill during summer. However, other appliances can also use plenty of energy if left unwatched. Every property is unique, but the following devices tend to have a high consumption:
- Any heating device that consumes electricity will likely have a high energy footprint. Two examples are electric water heaters and coffee machines.
- Lighting systems consume a lot of energy when they have a long operating schedule. For example, lighting has a high cost in offices with a 9 to 5 schedule. Energy consultants often recommend upgrading to LED lighting.
- Appliances with motors typically consume a lot of power. For example, pool pumping systems should be programmed for minimal use when electricity prices are high.
In general, you should use electrical appliances as little as possible on hot summer days, since kilowatt-hour prices can get very high. However, you will achieve the best results if your energy conservation measures focus on the appliances described above: air conditioning in the first place, but also heating devices, lighting fixtures and motor appliances.
Another viable strategy is locking a fixed-rate electricity plan since this ensures a constant kWh price. However, using the air conditioner efficiently is still important in this case. While you are spared from peaks in the electricity price, the kWh amount can still be high if the air conditioner is used without care.