Colder weather is here and electric bills are rising.
If you’re like most Americans, then you’re asking yourself what you can do to lower the cost and save yourself some money. We’ve got the tips you need to put money back in your pocket.
In this blog, we will share six tips on how you can save money on your electric bill.
1. Regularly change the furnace air filter.
If your furnace air filter is clogged, then it will have to work even harder to pull air through. By changing it regularly, you ensure it is working efficiently.
2. Seal air leaks around windows and doors.
According to Energy.gov caulk and weatherstripping only last a few years so it’s imperative you check for air leaks and fix them when you discover them, to save yourself money.
3. Switch to energy-efficient lightbulbs.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and LED bulbs are the most energy-efficient lightbulbs available right now. By switching, you are not only opting for something better for the planet, but you will also see a difference on your electric bill.
4. Replace old appliances, like the refrigerator. You can also unplug the spare fridge/freezer when not in use.
While upgrading old appliances is a big decision, if you are able to go that route, it will save you hundreds of dollars a year. Additionally, there are appliances on the market that use 25-75% less energy than older ones.
5. Call your electric company to ask if it’s currently charging a peak hour rate.
Some electric companies may charge more to use electricity during peak hours, meaning the hours when the majority of people want to use electricity. Call your electric company and ask if this is something they do and if they are charging you. If they tell you that in the winter between 3-7pm are peak hours then you know to avoid doing dishes or laundry during that time in order to save yourself on the next bill.
6. Unplug computers, printers, televisions, and other items when not in use. Some of these items have a standby mode, which still draws electricity.
Unplugging appliances when not in use is a great way to ensure they are not drawing electricity in standby mode. While you may not want to unplug everything in your home, for those appliances you rarely use, this is a great idea to implement.
While there is no magic wand we can wave to lower your electric bill, there are practical steps you can take to lower your bill. We hope that the above tips are helpful and that you see a lower number on your next bill after implementing these.