These Tips Could Help Cut Your Energy Bill
By now, it’s no surprise that living in California is expensive. Housing, gas, child care—most quality-of-life expenses are higher in the Golden State than most other places across the country. The same goes for electricity. The typical household in Palm Springs, CA, spends about $1,068 more a year on electricity compared to the average American family, according to EnergySage.com.
With inflation now adding to the pinch, many families are searching for ways to pare down expenses. The trusted team at Timo’s is here to offer helpful information about ways you can scale back your energy costs.
1. Heat Pumps vs Furnaces. Installing a new heater is probably the last thing anyone wants to do when money gets tight. But if yours is showing its age, it may be cheaper to install a new one than face repeated repairs.
If you are in the market for a new heating system, you might want to consider a heat pump installation. These highly efficient devices heat and cool by moving heat in or out of your home as needed. The technology has the potential for major savings for some properties.
Heat pumps can be pricey to install, but the investment often makes financial sense. If you’re interested in making the switch, ask a Timo’s representative if your home is a good fit.
2. Use Your Thermostat Wisely. Smart thermostats have made it easier than ever to set your ideal home climate. But convenience doesn’t necessarily mean savings. Cranking up the heat or AC frequently boosts your utility bills.
Programmable thermostats help keep temperatures consistent or can even create energy savings for you. You can cut energy bills by up to 10% by reducing heating or cooling by 7 degrees over an eight-hour period, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For maximum effect, plan these for times when the family is out and about.
3. Make Use of Window Coverings. It’s not rocket science, but it’s still effective. Homeowners who let the sunshine in during winter mornings have warmer homes. Closing the curtains on warm summer days will keep out some of the heat. The exact effectiveness will depend on the materials of your window coverings, but studies have found medium-colored drapes with plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%, according to the DOE.
Let Timo’s Help You Start Saving
Of course, it’s hard to put a price on hiring a reliable expert. Families across the region have been counting on Timo’s for their heating and cooling needs for more than two decades. We offer helpful coupons to help you keep costs under control, too. Book an appointment through our website or by calling 760.475.9542.