Your utility bill is a necessary and inevitable expense, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lower it. Choosing the energy you consume in your home and the frequency with which you consume it wisely can lead to a significantly lower electricity bill. And in many situations, you don’t have to change your quality of life to make energy-efficient changes. Consider the following options to reduce your monthly electricity bill.
1. Change air filters regularly
Replacing your air filter does more than just improve the air quality in your home. The dust that accumulates on your filter even makes it difficult for your air conditioner to cool your house down. Your air conditioner needs to push through all the dust and debris to change the temperature in your home. You should also make sure that the outside of the ventilation openings in your home is free of debris. Regular cleaning of the ventilation openings improves airflow and makes your HVAC system more energy efficient.
2. Unplug all devices
It’s tempting to always leave all your devices plugged in, because it’s a torment to have to connect the TV to the wall every time you want to use it. Many people have the impression that it doesn’t matter anyway that your TV doesn’t consume power when it’s turned off, but unfortunately that’s not true. Your devices consume power even if you haven’t turned them on. But thanks to the new technology, you don’t have to physically get up every time you want to turn on your devices when you want to use them. You can buy smart power strips that connect to an app on your phone and allow you to turn off all your devices with a single push of a button. If your devices are not in use, turn off the power strip connected to them.
3. Use blackout curtains
not only to hide annoying light when you try to sleep. Darkening curtains are also energy efficient and help keep the heat away from your home on hot summer days. You can also use blackout curtains to insulate your home from draughts during the harsh winter. It may not be possible to get darkening curtains for every room in your house, but if you place them in the rooms where you spend most of the time, you can use your HVAC system less frequently.
4. Energy Discount Programs
Find out if you qualify for a discount program from your local electrical company. Electrical companies often reward you for using efficient devices or solar power. In addition, many electrical companies offer a break in their tariffs for low-income earners. Find out if your income qualifies you for a discount on your electricity bill.
Reducing your electricity bill doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. You don’t have to buy new energy-efficient appliances or drastically change your lifestyle to lower your monthly bill. Make a few small changes to your daily routine and you’ll be rewarded with more affordable electricity costs.