Saving money on your electric bill involves making changes in three areas of your lifestyle. The first is to repair and support your home, second is using energy-efficient devices and the third is you – changing some of your electrical habits. The good news is whether you are a homeowner or renter, you can make these adjusts yourself without taking drastic measures to cut your electric bill.
Windows and Doors
The largest electric drains on your wallet are the windows and doors. These are catalysts for drafts, allowing your expensive heat or air conditioning to drift outside. Be sure to weatherize with weather-stripping, window film or sealants, or even some heavy blackout curtains can help keep the outdoor heat or cold out and help reduce the cost of maintaining a comfortable environment.
Air Ducts and Filters
Next, look at the air ducts in certain areas of our homes or apartments, especially in unoccupied rooms and the basement. Air ducts can claim a large part of your heat during the winter months if they are left open or in need of repair. They can also cost you extra money every month if you are cooling rooms that you don’t use often. Check your filters on the furnace, air conditioning and air ducts. Keeping them clean allows the air and heat to pass through easily to support temperatures with less effort and cost.
Programmable thermostats give us the precise control of the temperature in our houses or apartments. They also allow a reduced preset temperature when you are gone, saving you a ton of money on keeping the temperature comfortable when no one is home to enjoy it. Regulating and controlling the temperature with a preprogramed thermostat cuts the power used to cool or heat your home, saving money on the electric bill.
Bulbs and Appliances
Energy saving devices translate into a great deal of savings on your electric bill. Do a comparison yourself, LED bulbs cost more because they have a longer lifecycle, but the cost savings outweighs the higher cost of the bulb. It’s a good investment because it uses less electricity to run and provides you with the same amount of illumination. Use nightlights that have motion sensors. These will help reduce costs every night. How many times have you walked out of the room and left the lights on? Be sure to shut off the lights whenever you leave a room. If you can afford it, consider upgrading your television and other often used appliances to high efficiency versions. This will save you a lot of money over time. Another well known secret to saving with appliances, is to unplug those that you can when they are not in use, as a plugged in device draws power even when it’s off.
Now that you have all these money saving tips, you can lower the cost of your electric bill every month. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, you can make these adjusts yourself without taking drastic measures to cut your electric bill. So what will you do with all the money you save?… +