Managing energy costs throughout the year can be challenging, but with strategic adjustments, you can optimize your Ambit Energy plan and enjoy significant savings.

As seasons change, so do your energy needs. By adopting season-specific strategies, you can reduce your electricity bill while maintaining comfort in your home. Here’s how you can leverage Ambit Energy’s plans to save money year-round.

Spring and Summer Tips

Use Fans and Natural Ventilation

Ceiling Fans: Use ceiling fans to circulate air, allowing you to set your thermostat higher without sacrificing comfort. Ceiling fans create a wind-chill effect, making you feel cooler even if the room temperature is slightly higher.

Natural Ventilation: Open windows during cooler parts of the day to let in fresh air, reducing the need for air conditioning. Cross-ventilation can be particularly effective, allowing you to take advantage of breezes and cooler evening temperatures.

Smart Thermostat Settings

Higher Settings: Set your thermostat higher when you’re not home. A smart thermostat can help automate this process, ensuring your home is cool when you return but saving energy while you’re away.

Nighttime Cooling: Utilize cooler night air by turning off the AC and opening windows. This can be especially effective in areas with low humidity, where the temperature drops significantly after sunset.

Shade and Insulation

Close Blinds/Curtains: Keep blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out heat. Reflective or insulated curtains can further enhance this effect, keeping your home cooler.

Insulation: Ensure your home is well-insulated to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Insulating your attic, walls, and even floors can prevent heat transfer, maintaining a consistent indoor temperature.

Fall and Winter Tips

Efficient Heating

Lower Thermostat: Lower your thermostat at night and when you’re away. Even a small reduction can lead to significant savings. Programmable thermostats can automate this, adjusting temperatures according to your schedule.

Zoned Heating: Use space heaters in occupied rooms instead of heating the entire house. This is particularly useful in larger homes, allowing you to keep unused areas cooler.

Sealing and Insulation

Seal Leaks: Check for and seal any leaks around windows and doors to prevent heat loss. Weatherstripping and caulking can be inexpensive solutions that improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Proper Insulation: Ensure your home has adequate insulation, particularly in the attic and walls. Insulating pipes and ductwork can also prevent heat loss and reduce the workload on your heating system.

Smart Use of Appliances

Energy-Efficient Appliances: Use energy-efficient appliances to reduce consumption. Look for ENERGY STAR-rated products, which meet strict energy efficiency guidelines.

Off-Peak Hours: Run appliances during off-peak hours if your plan allows, taking advantage of lower rates. This can include running your dishwasher, laundry machines, and other heavy-duty appliances during times when energy demand is lower.

General Energy-Saving Strategies

LED Lighting

Switch to LEDs: Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights, which use less energy and last longer. LEDs are available in various color temperatures, allowing you to create the desired ambiance while saving energy.

Energy Audits

Home Energy Audit: Consider having an energy audit performed to identify areas where you can improve efficiency. Professional auditors can pinpoint inefficiencies and recommend specific upgrades to reduce energy consumption.

Regular Maintenance

HVAC Maintenance: Regularly maintain your heating and cooling systems to ensure they run efficiently. This includes cleaning coils, checking refrigerant levels, and inspecting ductwork for leaks.

Clean Filters: Replace or clean filters in your HVAC system to improve performance and air quality. Dirty filters can restrict airflow, making your system work harder and use more energy.

Additional Tips for Year-Round Savings

Landscaping for Energy Efficiency

Plant Trees: Strategically plant trees to provide shade in the summer and windbreaks in the winter. Deciduous trees are ideal, offering shade when it’s hot and allowing sunlight through when it’s cold.

Bushes and Shrubs: Use bushes and shrubs around your home’s foundation to create an insulating layer of air, helping to maintain indoor temperatures.

Water Heating

Lower Water Heater Temperature: Set your water heater to 120°F (49°C) to save energy while ensuring adequate hot water supply.

Insulate Water Heater and Pipes: Insulating your water heater and pipes can reduce heat loss, allowing you to maintain desired water temperatures with less energy.

Efficient Use of Electronics

Power Strips: Use power strips to easily turn off multiple electronics when not in use, preventing standby power consumption.

Unplug Chargers: Unplug phone and laptop chargers when not in use, as they continue to draw power even when not actively charging a device.

Energy Saving During Extreme Weather

Preparing for Heatwaves

Cooling Centers: During extreme heatwaves, consider spending time in cooling centers or public places with air conditioning, such as libraries or malls, to reduce the strain on your home’s cooling system.

Avoid Heat-Generating Activities: Postpone activities that generate heat, such as cooking on the stove or using the oven, during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, use a microwave, slow cooker, or grill outside to keep your home cooler.

Preparing for Cold Snaps

Emergency Kits: Keep an emergency kit with blankets, warm clothing, and non-perishable food in case of power outages during extreme cold. This ensures you can stay warm and safe without relying on your heating system.

Backup Heating: Consider having a backup heating source, such as a fireplace or portable heater, to use during power outages or when your primary heating system is underperforming.

Leveraging Ambit Energy’s Tools and Programs

Ambit Energy offers several tools and programs to help you manage and reduce your energy consumption:

Energy Efficiency Programs

Ambit Energy’s energy efficiency programs provide resources and tools for making energy-efficient upgrades and changes in your home. Examples include rebates for energy-efficient appliances, discounts on smart thermostats, and free home energy audits.

Usage Alerts and Reports

Ambit Energy provides usage alerts and detailed reports to help you track your energy consumption. By understanding your usage patterns, you can make adjustments to save money. Usage alerts can notify you when your consumption is higher than usual, allowing you to take immediate action to reduce it.

Community and Educational Initiatives

Ambit Energy engages with communities to promote energy efficiency and education. Through workshops, seminars, and online resources, they help customers understand how to use energy more efficiently and save money. Educational initiatives can empower you to make smarter energy choices and reduce your overall consumption.

 

By making small, season-specific adjustments, you can significantly reduce your electric bill. These strategies, combined with Ambit Energy’s transparent pricing and flexible plans, help you achieve the cheapest electricity possible without compromising on comfort. Stay proactive and enjoy year-round savings on your energy bills.

Adopting these energy-saving practices not only reduces your electric bill but also contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle. By leveraging the benefits of Ambit Energy’s plans and incorporating these tips, you can enjoy a comfortable home while minimizing your environmental impact.

For more information on how Ambit Energy can help you save on your electric bills, visit their website.