There’s no denying that energy costs are a huge burden. Most homeowners are paying $300, $400, and even $500 a month to heat and cool their homes. This means it costs between $3,600 and $6,000 to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. Most people could stand to cut this bill in half or more. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can do this.
For starters, you can lower your electricity prices by simply using less energy. Focus on all of the ways you waste electricity in your home. A great example would be the television. How many times have you fallen asleep in front of the television at night. Instead of wasting electricity you can turn the T.V. off during this time. Better yet, use the T.V. timer so that the television will automatically turn off soon after you fall asleep.
You may not know this but plugged appliances and electronic devices are still using energy even when they’re turned off. Yes, that telephone charger that stayed plugged in when you left this morning was using electricity. Instead of simply turning off the DVD player or computer, go a step further by unplugging them as well. It may seem excessive, but doing so will make a significant difference over the course of the year.
Older appliances can have a significant impact on your energy consumption as well. These appliances are less energy efficient, which means they’re using way more energy than is necessary. However, the newer appliances of today are smarter and use less energy. So, if you have a refrigerator or washer and dryer, that’s over 10 years old, it may be time to upgrade them.
When it comes to appliances, nothing uses more energy than your home’s heating and cooling system. These systems use more than half of the energy in the home. Again, older systems tend to use more energy. Older heaters and air conditioners take longer to heat and cool the home, which means they’re also running longer. Upgrade to a more energy efficient system that’s smarter and more modern.
Your energy costs won’t come down unless you do something about it. Focus on refraining from wasting energy. Then you can work on upgrading your older appliances and heating and cooling systems.