How to Lower Your Energy Bill

An energy bill can be a substantial expense each month. Understanding ways to save energy, and reduce the overall bill, will help you keep more of your hard-earned money.

Choose the Best Energy Provider

All energy companies are not equal.  Some have more attractive rates; PlymouthEnergy.com is one such example. It provides service to many satisfied customers in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York at very competitive prices. Be sure to evaluate all the alternatives in your area before selecting a utility company.

Heating Tips

During the cold winter months, furnace usage can significantly increase your utility bill. If the air filters are changed monthly, it can help keep the furnace running at optimal performance. Adequate insulation can mitigate the escape of warm air through the attic.  Insufficient insulation may cause your furnace to work harder to compensate for heat loss, and drive up the utility bill in the process. Warm air can also be lost if it is sucked up through a chimney; keeping the flue closed when the fireplace is not being used is a way to prevent this from happening. The sun can also assist you in reducing energy consumption; opening drapes and letting it shine through windows will help to warm up rooms.  Installing solar panels may lower an energy bill, and provide supplement heating at the same time.  Easy adjustments like wearing sweaters during the day and warm pajamas at night will let you turn down the heat, and reduce the bill you receive from your energy supplier.

Cooling Tips

An air conditioner may need to be on non-stop during the summer to keep a house cool; this can be very expensive. There are a few things that can be done to ease the strain on your AC unit and wallet. Getting it serviced at the beginning of the season can help ensure it is operating at its best when it gets hotter. Another way to lower your utility bill is to set the thermostat at a higher temperature during the day when you are not home. By doing this you will not be paying to cool an empty house. When you are home, close the vents in rooms not being used so cool air does not get wasted on vacant rooms. Installing shutters, blinds, and drapes can block the sun’s rays and keep a home cooler and reduce energy consumption. Planting trees outside a house can provide shade and help the temperature stay cooler inside.  Opening interior doors will encourage air flow and even out the cool air in a home.

Assess Appliances

Installing more energy efficient appliances including refrigerators, freezers, washer, dryers and toilets can positively impact reduce the utility bill. There may even be rebates available for purchasing these items. The next time you dust your home; don’t forget the coils behind the refrigerator. Clean coils can help your refrigerator run at optimal efficiency. Remove lint from the filter in your dryer can help ensure it is operating as efficiently as possible. Do you like to BBQ? Grilling outside in the summer whenever possible means the air conditioner will not have to work as hard to cool your home.

Evaluate Lighting

How you light your home impacts energy consumption. Compact fluorescent light bulbs provide the same amount of light as regular bulbs, but are much more energy efficient.  Halogen light bulbs consume more energy than CFLs, can get significantly hotter and be a fire hazard. Motion detectors can help save money outside.  They turn on only when activated and shut-off after a pre-set time period.  Timers on lights can assist in controlling energy usage, and can deter burglars when you are not home.

Monitor Hot Water Consumption

Using a lot of hot water can also drive up an energy bill. Washing clothes with cold water is just as effective as washing them with hot water, but costs less. Installing low-flow showerheads can also reduce the amount of hot water used in a home. Turning downing the temperature on your water heater can save money. If you are going on vacation, turn off your hot water heater altogether.  It typically does not take a lot of time for the water to warm-up when you return. Solar water heaters use the sun to heat water, which is free. 

Following these suggestions can help reduce your energy consumption which is good for the planet and your pocketbook.

Please feel free to contact Ella Gray at ella.l.gray@gmail.com with any questions that you may have.

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