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?
Why Is My Electric Bill So High?
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 the main reason behind the higher electric bills is that you aren't using energy as effectively as it can be used.
How To Reduce Electric Bill
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!
Other Ways To Lower Your Electric Bill
There are other steps that we can take to lower your electricity bill.
- Upgrade your windows and doors. Consumer Reports state 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.
- Consider washing your laundry in cold water. Not only will your clothes thank you, but also your wallet.
- 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!
Benefits Of Improved Energy Efficiency
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 for the power grid. Less strain results in a decreased need for fossil fuel–burning power plants; therefore, reducing harmful air pollutants and carbon emissions. It’s good for your health and the environment.
How Small Jobs Electric Can Help
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 Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and the surrounding areas. Please contact us today, for further information about how we can assist you.