Let’s look at ways to help you lower your electricity bill. Did you know that millions of people unawarely spend more than they have to on their monthly electric bill? The main reason is because they are not using energy as effectively as it can be used. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, “Always-on” energy used by inactive appliances, electronics and miscellaneous devices translates to about $165 dollars wasted per U.S. household a year.
So how can you lower your electricity bill? Well, the Department of Energy recommends simply turning things off when you are not in the room. This speaks specifically to lights, computers, and TVs. Imagine if everyone nonchalantly continued leaving lights and electronics on when they left the room. On average, that would use the same amount of electricity as brewing 234 cups of coffee every single day for a year. Do the math. That’s about 85,000 cups of coffee!
Let’s move on. There are other steps that we can take to lower your electricity bill. Take, for instance, your windows and doors. Consumer reports states that upgrading to energy-efficient windows and doors, as well as sealing any cracks, can reduce energy costs by 15 to 30%. That’s a drastic cut if you ask me. Well worth the investment.
Next, consider washing your laundry in cold water. Face it, not only will your clothes thank you, but also your wallet. To keep the momentum, lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F. This is a good way to prevent scalding while taking a shower and it saves you money. Double win!
The benefits of following these tips don’t stop at your pockets. Saving energy reduces our nation’s overall demand for the resources needed to make energy. Increasing your energy efficiency will be less stressful to the power grid. Less strain results in a decreased need for fossil fuel–burning power plants; therefore, reduces harmful air pollutants and carbon emissions. It’s good for your health and the environment. While we can help lower your electricity bill, it doesn’t just help you, but the bigger picture!
So check around your house and try these tips to lower your electricity bill. If you feel your home needs an electrical inspection, you can contact Small Jobs Electric to help. We can walk together on a tour of your property to see what areas need to be addressed. We service Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco.
Please contact us today, for further information about how we can assist you.