Ten Tips on How to Save on Electric Bills
Energy costs got you heated? Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like energy prices will go down anytime soon. In fact, economists say consumers should expect their electric bills to continue rising by at least 10% for another year. This is due in part to volatility in supply and demand of oil and natural gas. The good news is there are many simple ways to save energy, reduce your carbon footprint, and keep money in your pocket.
Here are quick tips on how to save on electric bills:
- Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances: Look for appliances that have an Energy Star rating, which indicates that they use less energy than standard models. In many cases, rebates are available to help defer costs.
- Use a programmable thermostat: Set your thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you are away or asleep, which can save on energy and money.
- Support renewable energy: Consider switching to clean energy by subscribing to a community solar energy program like one from Nautilus Solar. You’ll reduce fossil fuel in the grid and save money simply by choosing clean solar energy.
- Seal air leaks: Seal gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and other areas where air can escape, which can improve your home's energy efficiency.
- Choose natural light: Open curtains and blinds to let in natural light instead of relying on artificial lighting. A dose of vitamin D always helps boost your mood, too!
- Switch to LED light bulbs: LED bulbs are more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and last longer, which can save money over time.
- Turn off lights and electronics when not in use: Switching off lights and turning off appliances and electrics like your coffee maker and TV when not in use can save energy and money.
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucets: These efficient plumbing fixtures can reduce water consumption and the energy needed to heat the water.
- Hang clothes to dry: Instead of using a dryer, air dry clothes which can save energy and money. Plus, avoiding high dryer heat will make your stretchy athletic wear and just-the-right-fit jeans last longer.
- Reduce hot water usage: Take shorter showers and wash clothes in cold water to decreases the need for your water heater to produce high temperatures.
- Unplug chargers and electronics when not in use: Even when not in use, chargers and electronics can continue to use energy.
While utility company prices continue to fluctuate for the energy provided to your home, it’s easy to take small simple steps to save on electric bills now. These small steps today will go towards building a more sustainable future, for each of us and for the planet as a whole.
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