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4 quick ways to Save on Your Electricity Bill

The cold winter months can cause a sudden spike in power bills, and if you’re like many people, you might just be looking for a break in the bill. We’ve got a few suggestions! Here are 4 ways to save on your electricity bill:

  1. Use less heat 

Turn the thermostat down, and snuggle up! Using less heat will help lower your electricity bill this winter.

  1. Use less light

Turn out lights when you don’t need them. Outdoor lighting shouldn’t be left on during the daylight hours, for instance, and interior lighting shouldn’t be left on when you aren’t home.

  1. Check your insulation

For instance, weatherstripping around your door can easily be replaced to stop the loss of warm air.

  1. Use cold water 

Instead of washing clothes and dishes with warm water, use cold water to save on your electricity bill.

These are just 4 ways that you can save on your power bill, but there are many other ways! Can you think of any?

Solar Panels for Homes

In the age of environmental consciousness, finding ways to decrease your carbon footprint is a major concern for many consumers. In an effort to go green, people are buying electric cars, utilizing reusable shopping bags, refusing to buy water in plastic bottles and more. There are many small and large ways to go green. Another effective method is to install solar panels for your home. But before you start tearing out your ceilings, consider the advantages and disadvantages of solar panels for your home.

Most individuals and families are using gas or electricity as an energy source for their homes. Solar panels take the sun’s energy and convert it to functional and serviceable energy for your home and your many needs. One obvious advantage is that sunshine is free and even converting it into working energy for your home causes no pollution. Exploiting sunshine is as green as green can be.

There are a plethora of other pros for mounting solar energy panels on your roof. The panels will last at least 30 years so you will not have to worry about replacing them anytime soon. Cosmetically speaking, solar energy panels look contemporary, sophisticated and modern. Another advantage of solar panels for homes is that they need virtually no upkeep. A last distinct advantage is that you can get a tax credit or rebate for installing them plus you will see a decrease in your electric bill.

Of course, like any other home renovation, there is a con. The biggest disadvantage is that solar energy panels are not cheap. In fact, you can expect to spend upwards of $30,000 to set up a solar energy structure for your whole house. This is a one-time investment after which you will not need to worry about the solar panels for at least 30 years.

For a detailed guide on getting solar panels for your home check out this article.

Getting Cheaper Electricity and Gas

The ever-increasing cost of sources of energy has everyone looking for ways to get cheaper electricity and gas. While we don’t control the price at the pump or the bottom line of the monthly bill, there are things we can do to decrease our energy usage and lower our out-of-pocket expenses. Give some of these tips a try and decrease electricity and gas costs.

Thermostat Control

Raising and lowering the home thermostat as needed will help cut heating and cooling costs. During the winter, dress warmer while indoors and lower the thermostat to below 70 degrees. When the family is gathered in one room to play a game or watch TV, it’s a waste of energy to heat the entire house, so consider investing in a space heater and turn down the thermostat on your main heating source. Add an extra blanket to beds and turn the thermostat down even more at bedtime.

During the summer, turn on ceiling fans and open windows in opposite ends of the home to allow a cooling cross-breeze to blow through the house and save on air conditioning costs. Set the A/C thermostat to above 78 to decrease electricity costs and install window coverings to prevent direct sunlight from entering in through the windows and raising indoor temperature.

Kitchen Appliances

Use the microwave and toaster oven for small cooking tasks to prevent using electricity or gas to heat up a large oven or stove top.

A full refrigerator or freezer uses less energy to keep the food cold, so keep both appliances full at all times by placing bottles of water inside to take up space.

Only run the dishwasher when it is full and don’t wash dirty dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.

The home clothes dryer uses a tremendous amount of electricity or gas to dry clothes, so install a clothes line (outdoors or indoors) to hang freshly washed clothes on so they can air dry.

Turn off the kitchen exhaust fan as soon as possible to prevent the loss of hot or cold air from the home. A typical exhaust fan found in most kitchens and bathrooms can suck all the heated or cooled air out of the room in less than 30 minutes.

Vampire Power Loss

When an electrical appliance is plugged into an outlet, it is using power even when the appliance itself is not in use. It’s called ‘vampire power’ and it’s sucking money from your wallet. When the appliance is plugged into an outlet, a small amount of energy is being sent to the appliance to keep it ready for instant usage as soon as the ‘on’ switch is touched. Unplug hair dryers, radios, lamps, toasters and the like when not in use to help cut costs and get cheaper electricity and gas for your home.