Electricity does not have to be a big financial burden. There are several inexpensive ways to lower your electric bill that don’t take much time at all.
BE A WISE ENERGY USER
Turn off lights when you aren’t in the room and turn off the TV when you leave the room. Also unplug chargers for phones and cameras when they are not in use because they can still use a small amount of energy just by sitting there. Also closing the blinds or curtains can help your home stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Wether it is in the dishwasher or the laundry, make sure you have a full load before running it. This will save energy and help lower your water bill too!
FIXED BILL PAYMENTS
Call your electric company and find out if they offer a fixed bill plan. This type of plan will allow you to pay a fixed amount every month regardless of actual use. The way that this is worked out is different depending on the company. This may be a great way to know what you will be paying each month and it will let you have a more accurate budget plan.
FIX YOUR CURRENT EQUIPMENT
Hire a certified technician to check out your heating and cooling systems to make sure that they are working efficiently. These types of inspections usually cost $50 – $100. You may make the money back in energy savings.
Setting the thermostat on your heating and cooling systems will save you a bunch. Just make the setting that you want for day and night and then you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn the system on or off at night.
Keeping your air filters clean is an inexpensive way to lower costs. Dirt and dust make the machine work harder which uses up more energy.
If you do need to buy a new system make sure you look at the Energy Star website to get the right size unit for your area. Also look for current incentives and promotions that may offset the cost of the system. Many states have rebates and you can usually apply online for them.
FIX YOUR HOUSE UP
Seal up any openings that may be letting the cold or hot air in. Making your house air tight will allow the house to stay closer to your desired temperature for longer before the system has to turn on again.
Get CFL light bulbs and use them throughout your home to save on lighting costs.
Get fans and use them. These can really help lower cooling costs, just be sure to turn them off when you go out or leave the room.
Hopefully these tips will save you some money on your electric bill all year long.