How much is your electric bill? The sweeping costs that vary from season to season is enough to knock your budget off the hinges. One thing is clear, while electrical bills may vary from home to home, rising costs is consistent for all of us.
How do we get rid of the pocket pain or at least numb it for a while.
Multiple factors affect the size of your power bill, but the two most important things to monitor are consumption and wasteful use. The number of people in your household plays a factor and of course the weather does. So remember if you typically have a three person household and invite your nieces or nephews down for the summer expect a small spike during the season. There are a few tricks that can be mastered to get in front of that piping hot expense. Ready? Read.
CLOSE THE BLINDS/CURTAINS:
Sure, it can be therapeutic to watch the birds fly around, or to observe how beautiful your lawn is. The more heat that your home attracts the quicker your bill sky rockets. Allow the sun to peek in sparingly throughout the summer and even winter months. Being clever with how you use blinds, curtains and other window treatments can help keep your house cool and your energy expenses a little lower.
SPEAKING OF LAWN CARE….
Did you know that the proper placement of trees or even flowers around your home can lessen the cost of your bills. Many people use this method beyond aesthetics. You could save between $200-$250/annually or even more-while this may not seem like much over year imagine cutting off a few hundred month after month for a recurring expense. There’s not a need to build out a forest around your yard but push out a bit of creativity to place some of that cash back in your pockets.
CHANGE YOUR FILTERS:
Filters are those little fuzzy sometimes metal things behind your vents in the ceilings or elsewhere around your living quarters. Changing filters out periodically reduces the amount of energy it takes for your HVAC system to power out the coolness in this sweltering weather. Depending on the type of system you have, it may require replaceable filters or one time use filters. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs. Make note that if you have a pet, you may need to change your filters out more frequently.
CUT OFF APPLIANCES (..unplug them)
Do you keep your computer on at night for quick use the next day? Can’t seem to fall asleep without a light being on? Take a few extra minutes at night to completely power down and unplug your appliances. Even when you think that they are off, often times energy continues to circulate. The U.S. Department of Energy found that anywhere from 5% to 10% of your residential electricity is sapped by devices that are plugged in 24 hours a day. Wasted energy and a waste of dollars.
What methods are you using to stay ahead of your energy bills this summer?