How To Lower Your Electric Bill
Are you fed up with your rising electric bill? While we certainly have no control over the current electricity rate hikes, we can look for ways to save money on our electric bills.
The good news is that there are many ways to do this, and some can bring about a significant decrease – just like these five tips we hope you take action on as soon as you read this article!
Tip 1: Switch To Solar Energy
At the top of our list is investing in solar energy. It may seem like a major expense up front, but it’s a long-term and sustainable solution that can significantly decrease your electricity bill now and in the decades to come. There many benefits of switching to solar energy including tax credits and other financial incentives.
If your solar panels produce excess energy, you can sell the extra electricity back to the main energy provider for the same rate consumers pay.
At EcoGen America we are dedicated to helping homeowners switch to solar energy across the nation. You can contact us for a free solar savings estimate today!
Tip 2: Reduce Phantom Power
Make it a point to unplug appliances that are not in use.
When appliances are on standby mode, they are still continuously using small amounts of electricity by being plugged in – which is known as phantom power.
With all your appliances combined, this can translate to a much higher electrical bill without you getting to use any of them.
By reducing phantom power in your home you can save a significant amount on your electric bills.
Tip 3: Air Dry Whenever Possible
Dish dryers and tumble dryers for your laundry are great conveniences of our modern times, but they can also significantly increase your electric bill if used often. Suppose your space allows for it, set up a clothesline so you can line dry your clothes in the sun.
Instead of using the heat-dry setting of your dishwasher, let it sit out until it is air-dried. Opting out of your appliances’ dryer settings can greatly reduce your energy consumption.
Tip 4: Use Smart Bulbs
Light bulbs might seem like harmless energy consumers, given their diminutive size. However, more traditional light bulbs use more electricity to emit the level of light it is designed to give off.
They also wear out much faster than today’s smart LED bulbs, which means you have to replace them more often.
Make the switch to smart bulbs, which use up to 75% less energy and emit brighter light, and are 25x more long-lasting than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Tip 5: Go for Smaller When Heating Things Up
Heating food and liquid are more energy-efficient if you only use exactly what you need so your appliances do not generate extra heat that will go to waste. For example, if you are heating some water to make one cup of tea, there’s no sense in filling up your electric kettle to the brim to do this. Not only will it take longer to boil, but it will also consume more electricity than is needed. In the same way, consider a smaller oven if you are cooking or warming up a small amount of food. The extra space surrounding bigger ovens will still get heated to reach the desired temperature, which means it uses more energy.
If you follow these tips, you will certainly see a substantial decrease in your monthly electricity bills – especially if you invest in solar panels, which will give you the best savings without sacrificing comfort in daily living. Try these tips out and think creatively of a few more that will further decrease your electricity bills!
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