Five Ways to Cut Down on Your Electricity Usage
The last thing you need is for the electric bill for your San Angelo home to be higher than you expected. Of course, sometimes you need to use more electricity, especially if you use electricity to heat or cool your home, in which case you will have higher bills in the summer and winter months.
In some cases, however, you may be using more electricity than you need to be without even realizing, and that can be hard to keep track of. You don’t necessarily need to monitor your meter all day and night, though. Here are some easy ways to make sure your home is energy efficient:
1. Talk to Your Electricity Provider
First, if you do have multiple electricity suppliers in your area, make sure you’re using the one who offers the lowest rates (while still offering all the services you need).
Whichever electricity provider you’re using, they’re usually ready to work with their customers. They don’t gain anything from having customers who are unable to pay their bills, so they usually have programs available to keep your electric bills manageable. If you’re having trouble paying in the peaks of winter or summer, most electric companies will offer you a flat rate that stays the same each month, so you won’t be surprised by a significantly larger bill at the end of July.
2. Make Sure Your Biggest Appliances are Energy Efficient
Water heaters, washing machines, and refrigerators are probably the biggest energy users in your San Angelo home. Making sure they’re as efficient as possible with the electricity they use can help you save tons each month. A tankless water heater is one easy way to cut back.
3. Paint Your Walls with Bright Colors
Around 14% of the average electric bill is attributable to lighting, so you can save a lot every months by reducing the amount of electric light you use. Brightly painted walls will reflect more light, allowing you to use less electricity and get the same amount of light.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set specific times to cool your home. So if there are regular times that your San Angelo home is empty, you can set your thermostat to stop cooling your home, and then to turn back on an hour or so before you’ll arrive back home. This way, your home is always at a comfortable temperature, and you won’t need to waste energy.
5. Turn Off and Unplug
This may seem to be the simplest tip on the list, but people often leave televisions and other devices on throughout the day. And sometimes turning off isn’t enough. Many electrical cords will continue to suck up power just by being plugged in. So unplugging can put an end to a lot of energy wasting.
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