What if I told you there’s a way to eat whatever you want and still have successful results? There’s a diet out there that can do just that! I’m talking about an energy diet.
Energy Star raised the idea of an energy diet last month, explaining that kilowatt-hours are the “pounds” of your electric bill. Dropping your weight is the result of eliminating kilowatt-hour usage.
Most people are unaware of how many kilowatt-hours they are using each month in their home. There are a few ways to find out this information. Look at your CPS Energy bill. You will see a bar graph explaining how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) you’ve used each month for the past year. There’s a standard chart showing your kWh usage this month, last month and your usage at this time a year ago. If you need to compare, CPS Energy says the average home uses about 1,500 kWh per month.
Champion AC recommends you follow four steps in order to reduce your “weight” and in turn use much less energy in your home.
-Turn off lights: Always make sure you turn the lights off when leaving a room. This is a lesson you can share with everyone living under your roof. When everyone in the household knows to turn off the lights when a room isn’t being used it can make a big difference.
-Change your air filter: In peak heating and cooling months be sure to change our your air filter at least once a month. When the conditions are less harsh you can change it every 2-3 months. This keeps your air conditioner running efficiently.
-Set your thermostat: If your thermostat is programmable be sure to utilize it for what it’s worth. Set your thermostat to 78 when you’re home and turn it up a bit when you leave. If your thermostat is not programmable then it’s essential to get into the habit of turning it off, up or down before you leave the house.
-Turn off ceiling fans when you leave: ceiling fans are a great way to save energy whenever you’re in the room. They help people feel cooler by circulating air in a room, meaning you don’t have to crank down the AC as much. By turning them off when you’re not there you’re saving energy and being efficient.