How to Save Money on Your Utility Bill
Nobody likes paying huge bills that consistently keep coming in. And talking about bills, your home’s electricity bill could prove to be a high recurring monthly expense. Being a homeowner, the last thing you want is to get shocked when you get to open your electricity bill.
So what’s the solution? Can you bring down your utility bill by taking a few smart steps? Of course you can! In the following article we discuss how you can follow simple tips for electricity savings that actually make a positive difference to your overall monthly/yearly budget. Ready? Let’s go!
#1: Have Proper Insulation
The first step that you need to take is to ensure that there’s proper insulation in your home. Not many people know this but air conditioning and heating constitute to at least half of the energy used at home. Every homeowner needs to take the necessary steps to ensure that they get the most out of the air conditioning. Begin by checking the ‘duct work’ around your house and see to it that you seal all of the ducts properly with foil tape. Although you can handle this on your own, it’s much better to hire a professional who can do the job.
#2: Adjust Your Thermostat
When you’re experiencing hot summer, make sure you set your air conditioner close to 80 degrees when it’s day time and you’re not home. A lot of electricity companies out there recommend or advise you to set it at 78 degrees as it helps in bringing down the utility bill during summer. And when it’s winter, you can set your thermostat at 68 degrees when you’re awake and come down a few degrees when you’re away from home or sleeping.
#3: Get Rid of Energy Vampires
It’s a fact that electronics consume a huge amount of power – even when they are turned off. These are also popularly known as “electricity vampires” that happen to suck electricity all the time and add to your utility bill unnecessarily. The solution? Unplug all your electronics or even better, plug them into a quality power strip and then simply turn off the strip. Except an old VCR (or anything other such devices that happen to flash during power cut), you don’t have to worry about other equipment such as TVs and computers.
#4: Run Your Fridge for Less
It’s important for every homeowner to understand and grasp the fact that your regular refrigerator uses great amounts of electricity – even more than all of your kitchen appliances “combined”! So how do you run it for less and keep the energy costs down? First of all, make sure you clean its coils at least twice a year as it improves the refrigerator’s efficiency by up to 50 percent. Also, keep your fridge and freezer filled with water containers and ice bags, since your refrigerator runs a lot more efficiently that way. Last but not the least, replace the seal if it pulls out a little too easily, since refrigerator door seals happen to wear out over time.
The above tips that we discussed are not rocket science. In fact, they can easily be applied with a little effort, and the results can be really impressive in the long run. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start saving up on your utility bill by making smarter choices!
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