Saving money is especially important for seniors living on fixed incomes. Your loved one can save a significant amount of money on the electricity bill if he or she adopts certain energy-saving methods. Las Vegas senior in-home care professionals suggest the following ways to help your loved one reduce energy consumption and the electricity bill.
1. Use Ceiling Fans
Heaters and AC units are expensive to run. However, your loved one can opt to use energy-efficient ceiling fans instead. A ceiling fan can efficiently regulate the temperature in a room throughout the year. During the hottest months, all the ceiling fans in your loved one’s home should be spinning counterclockwise to force the cool air down. Once the weather cools off, the fans should be reversed to redistribute the warm air that collects near the ceiling.
2. Open All the Vents
Your loved one might close the vents in unused rooms out of habit. This can reduce the efficiency of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. When a vent is closed or a filter becomes clogged, it creates extra pressure within the ducts. This forces the blower to work much harder to push fresh air through the high-pressure zones.
3. Adjust the Thermostat at Night
According to the Department of Energy, adjusting the thermostat by just a few degrees every night can reduce your loved one’s heating and cooling bills by up to 10 percent. Your loved one should tinker with the thermostat until he or she finds a moderate temperature comfortable for sleeping. Seniors who live in particularly cold climates can save quite a bit of money by investing in new bedding instead of keeping the thermostat at a higher temperature.
4. Avoid Using the Oven
Ovens can be used to make healthy and delicious meals, but they are extremely inefficient. Many seniors are uncomfortable cooking with stovetops, grills, and other devices they might forget to turn off. Slow cookers can be used to make many of the same meals as these other appliances, but they produce no open flames and consume a fraction of the electricity.
5. Schedule an Annual HVAC Appointment
HVAC maintenance is important, but seniors who have impaired strength and balance should avoid climbing ladders to change filters and inspect ducts. During an annual service call, an HVAC technician can check the system to make sure it is working at maximum efficiency. Technicians can also test the thermostat to see if it is still accurate, reliable, and undamaged.
By making these simple changes, your loved one can save hundreds of dollars. For more tips on helping seniors save energy and money, get in touch with Home Care Assistance. We can provide your loved one with the support he or she needs to remain independent and healthy in the comfort of his or her home for as long as possible. Our dedicated caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, provide transportation, assist with mobility, and help with a wide variety of daily tasks around the house. To learn more about live-in and respite home care Las Vegas seniors can count on, call a Care Manager at (702) 550-3185 to request a complimentary consultation.