Few things are as frustrating as opening up your electric bill and finding that you’ve been using far more electricity than you anticipated. The cost of electricity is high enough that using too much of it can cause a significant ding to your bank account. However, you can find some good ways to take that shock out of opening your energy bill each month. Here are some things to consider so you can actually look forward to opening your bill to see how much you’re saving!
A good place to start is to monitor your energy usage. Several providers will give you access to your energy usage when you register for an online account with them. If this isn’t available to you with your current provider and you have a smart meter, you can gain access to your energy usage data by registering at smartmetertexas.com. Knowing your energy expenditure will make it a bit easier to find ways to save.
For example, if you notice that your energy usage spikes at certain times of the day, figure out what might be causing it. Are you doing too many loads in the dishwasher without it being full? Are you using your washer and dryer at peak times when the cost might be higher? By monitoring your energy usage, it’s easier to pinpoint where some of the problem areas are, which will make it easier to address them.
Knowing that you have costly energy bills doesn’t always mean that you know how to lower them. Here we’ll look at some tips that will help you lower your bill. See which ones you might be able to incorporate into your own home or business.
Turn off the lights when you aren’t in the room. Do the same with appliances, including computers. Just because they are hibernating doesn’t mean they are not drawing energy. Use the washer, dryer and dishwasher at off-peak times. Use only cold water in the washer. For the dishwasher, let the dishes air dry. Go through your house and replace your old incandescent bulbs with some energy efficient bulbs. Make sure that your insulation is up to par. If you have old appliances in the home, it’s time you consider replacing them with appliances that have a better energy rating.
As you can see, it is possible to save on the cost of your energy so you don’t have to sit down in a state of shock every time you open your electric bill!