3 Tricks to Lower High Utility Costs During Those Cold Winter Months
November 16, 2021
November 16, 2021 at 7:30:57 p.m.
If you haven’t already noticed, heating can take up a significant portion of your utility bills, especially during the colder winter months.
According to BC Hydro, the average electricity bill during this time can be 66% higher than the rest of the year! Thankfully, there are significant changes you can make to save money with easy tricks that lower electricity use, reduce your carbon footprint, and minimize costs:
1. Monitor electricity use
Have you ever considered how your electricity use varies across time? To get some valuable insights, try logging into your account at BC Hydro to compare your usage between years, months, and weeks. You may be using electricity at times of the day when the space is empty, or perhaps there are spikes that give clues on when you may be using more than you realize.
Check your account often for valuable analytics that help you compare your use with similar businesses in your area. BC Hydro makes that possible with critical information that gives you optimization opportunities that can result in significant long-term savings.
2. Control heating costs with a programmable thermostat
One of the easiest ways to control heating costs without much effort is to manage your thermostat effectively with a programmable thermostat. This small investment allows you to automatically turn your heating on and off at set times during the day.
Consider how heating costs rise about 5% for every degree above 20°C (68°F) that you set your thermostat. Now, imagine the savings you will gain by automatically shifting the thermostat during times of the day when the sun is out, or during the evening when your space is empty. Using a programmable thermostat is, hands down, the easiest way to control your heating - and you can do it remotely using a smartphone for precision adjustments that translate to significant savings!
3. Switch to LED lighting
Did you know that commercial LEDs have a lamp life that is 50 times longer than a typical incandescent, 25 times longer than a standard halogen, and ten times longer than a typical CFL?
That’s only the beginning! LEDs use less power and can be customized with sensors that automatically adjust and dim your lighting based on occupancy and daylight harvesting. Along with controlling when the lights are being used, modern LEDs also feature innovative tools that control the light temperature to provide a healthier and more productive environment for employees and students.
Other benefits of LED lights include:
• Lighting that is more “human-centric” and aligns with our internal biological rhythms for better sleep and improved metabolic function
• A “flicker-free” experience that reduces headaches and anxiety in sensitive individuals
• Options to shift the temperature to “warmer” spectrums that help students with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) learn better
• Reduced carbon footprint
• Tenant attraction and retention
• Increased property values
• Quick ROI payback and savings pay for the program
For all these reasons and more, an upgrade to LED lighting enhances your space on multiple levels. Radiance Energy makes it possible with simple, adaptable, and innovative products that are customizable and easy to install - all while reducing costs and helping the environment!
Switch to LED lighting to save big money with no upfront costs!
LEDs can save you 75-90% on lighting energy costs with no money down and payment terms that allow the savings to pay for the entire program. Radiance Energy makes it possible to gain all the benefits of LEDs and reduce your carbon footprint for a brighter, greener, and more sustainable future.
Contact us today for a no-obligation audit to learn more!