After numerous months of high electricity bills, we decided to get to the bottom of what was taking so much energy in our house.
One of the first things we did was switch out all incandescent light bulbs for wildly more efficient LED light bulbs.
These bulbs draw a fraction of the energy plus last a lot longer than most incandescent light bulbs. Then, we decided to take cooler showers plus tried using less warm water overall in hopes that possibly our water furnace had something to do with the excessive energy expenses. Despite our initial efforts, we couldn’t chip away at the electricity costs as much as we wanted. So, we carried on! Next, we put all of our electronics plus appliances on surge strips, so it was easier to turn them off when we weren’t using them. Randomly one day, we started to consider that maybe some of our energy expenses were coming from our cooling system instead. It’s August right now, plus the air conditioning is running intermittently throughout the day. We decided to increase the temperature on the control equipment a bit every day, plus attempted to set our temperature to a more tepid plus humid indoor environment. To our luck, our cooling system turned out to be the reason for our high electricity bills. It was a bummer that the alternative was unbearable. After three weeks of attempting to make it through miserably sweaty mornings plus mornings, we decided to set our cooling system to our previous ways. We’re going to find out if there is some conceivable way to set our Heating and Air Conditioning system more efficiently while it runs. Perhaps it’s just a concern with how our HVAC duct was designed.