According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average monthly electricity bill in Arizona is $120.51. It certainly doesn’t need to be that high. There are multiple methods you and your family can incorporate to save electricity this summer. Here are 19 tips how.

  1. Have your air conditioner serviced yearly to ensure it operates efficiently
  2. Keep cool by using the ceiling fan when you enter a room – turn up your thermostat a few degrees and still stay cool
  3. Program your thermostat to turn up the temperature when you are not home
  4. Plant low water use shade trees in front of south, east, or west facing windows to keep sunlight from heating up your home in the summer months
  5. Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they add heat to your home
  6. Change your air filters monthly to improve the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner
  7. Installing a variable-speed pool pump can save up to 70% of your pool’s energy cost – as much as $340 a year
  8. Hot water uses a lot of energy – wash with cold or warm water instead
  9. Use only cold water to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
  10. Wash clothes in cold or warm water and use cold to rinse 
  11. A water heater insulation jacket can reduce your water heater’s energy use by 10% – 12%, but check the owner’s manual first – some manufacturers don’t recommend using wraps
  12. Adjust the load setting on your washing machine for smaller loads to save water
  13. Installing low-flow shower heads can save a family of 4 up to 15,000 gallons of water per year 
  14. Don’t let hot water run when you’re shaving or washing dishes
  15. Switch to energy-efficient LEDs and save an average of $80 in lighting costs over the lifetime of each bulb
  16. Timers that automatically turn lights on and off can reduce energy use and increase safety by making your house appear occupied, even when no one is home
  17. Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they add heat to your home
  18. LED bulbs last at least 15 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs
  19. LEDs emit 90% less heat, which helps save on cooling costs

How FSL Helps

FSL is the proud Arizona sponsor of the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, which helps put homeowners in touch with participating contractors who are specially trained to understand how your home operates, identify health and safety issues, give you personalized recommendations for increasing your home’s energy efficiency, and assist in qualifying for residential rebates through its local utility partners.

With a comprehensive house check-up, you can improve the safety, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency of your home. The recommended contractors are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), and are experts at evaluating your home as a system to ensure maximum energy efficiency. These contractors will give you the information you need to make a decision on what upgrades will work best for your home and your finances.

Contact FSL to learn more about $99 energy audits.