When looking at your monthly budget, your energy bills are typically one of the more expensive line items. It doesn’t help that your heating and cooling systems need to work overtime in the summer and winter, which makes your bills even larger. Naturally, that leaves many homeowners asking themselves what do I do if my energy bill is too high?
One small change won’t make a difference, but if you do a variety of things, you should see a decrease in your monthly bills over time. Unfortunately, some of these changes come with an upfront cost, but they may save you money in the long run. Here are some tips to reduce your energy bills.
Avoid peak pricing when you can
Depending on where you live, your hydro costs will be charged based on the time of day you use electricity. Peak times are more expensive than off-peak rates, so you should try to time your major energy consumption.
Become friends with your thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, set the temperature to lower when you’re sleeping and out of your home for work. Even if you must do things manually, it can be worth it. Set yourself reminders to adjust your thermostat. After a few days, it’ll become part of your daily routine.
Watch out for phantom power
Just because your devices aren’t turned on, that doesn’t mean they’re not drawing power. Electronics such as TVs, video game consoles, computers and phones are always using some electricity. To cut them off completely, plug them into a power strip and turn that off whenever you leave the house or go to sleep.
Upgrade your appliances
Some appliances last decades, but they can be huge energy consumers, which is why you may want to consider replacing them. Most modern appliances are energy efficient, so they require less energy to operate. What you want to look for are appliances that are ENERGY STAR® certified since they’ll likely reduce your energy bills. If you’re looking for AC replacement or furnace replacement, Home Install Experts™ can help.
Use LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs consume significantly less energy compared to incandescent light bulbs. Switching just one light bulb won’t make a difference, so make sure you swap out all the light bulbs in your home. Some people will also use dimmer switches, to further reduce their energy consumption.
Rethink your shower routine
Cutting the length of your shower and switching to an efficient showerhead will greatly reduce the number of gallons of water you use every year. You could also use less hot water or turn down the tap when you’re using soap and shampoo if you really want to make an impact.
Choose your toaster oven or microwave over your electric oven
Counter appliances such as your toaster oven and microwave require less energy to operate compared to your electric oven. Whenever possible, stick to your small appliances to cook and reheat your food.
Make an investment in your home
If you’ve done all the above, and you’re still not noticing a big difference in your monthly energy bills, it may be time to take some more drastic steps. Window replacement and door replacement could be solutions that you’re looking for.
New windows are built to be energy efficient and can reduce the amount of heat or cool air that leaves your home. If you purchased a new front door or garage door, it could provide a new layer of insulation that will keep your home protected.
Some of the tips featured here can be done right away on your own, but you’ll likely need to speak to a professional about major changes. Book a free, no-obligation consultation now and have the Home Install Experts™ look at your project. Plus, Sam’s Club Members get a 10% discount off Fair Market Value Estimate!*
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