How You Can Save Money with Electricity

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Most people appreciate saving money when they can, whether they do so while they are shopping, on vacation, or paying bills. Lowering your electric bill accomplishes at least two important objectives: helping conserve natural resources, and saving money that could be spent on other things. The following are several tips and tricks to help you save money on electricity every month.
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Turn Lights Off When You Can
Although your parents may have instilled this concept in your mind when you were a child, it can be an easy one to forget as an adult. If you resolve to turn lights off every time you exit a room, you will save money overall on your power bill. Another easy tip to implement is using a table lamp instead of the overhead light in a room whenever possible.
Utilize Appliances and Electronics Only as Needed
According to Tara Energy (click here), one habit that can increase your electricity usage is leaving appliances and electronics on when they are not being utilized. Simply turning off the radio or TV when you aren’t in the room could save you much money over time. Leaving your computer on when it isn’t being used can significantly pad your power bill, so you may want to program it to go into sleep mode when you don’t use it for a certain length of time. Be sure to turn your computer off when you go to bed at night, too. If you use appliances such as fans or space heaters to regulate the temperature in a room, make sure to turn them off when you leave it.
Use Light Colors to Accessorize Your Home
Light colors reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it, so they can help you to keep your home cool during the hot months. One option is to cover your roof with white paint, especially if it is currently a dark color. You might also hang white curtains in your windows. Switch to a darker hue when the cold weather rolls into town for savings year round.
Schedule Routine Maintenance Visits
When the heating or cooling system in your home is not operating as well as it should be, you will notice the difference when you receive your electric bill. Scheduling regular maintenance visits could help you to save hundreds of dollars every year. During a routine visit, a professional will check the heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system in your home and repair it as needed. According to Tara Energy (www.taraenergy.com), air filters should be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis in order to increase overall efficiency.
Install a “Smart” Thermostat
By installing a programmable thermostat, also called a smart thermostat, in your abode, you will reduce the amount of energy that you use. If everyone in your home will be gone for the day, you can program the device accordingly. Some devices have been designed to sense the habits of your household, so they can adjust themselves to match your needs. Others can be adjusted from any computer or mobile device with Wi-Fi access, so you don’t even need to be at home to program them.
Seal Your Home
Don’t forget to seal the areas of your home that might leak air. This may mean applying caulk to various cracks in the walls of your dwelling. You may also want to explore the possibility of insulating and sealing the ducts in your home.
With a little effort and practice, you can change some of the habits that may be making your electric bills skyrocket. You might also implement some changes to your home. By taking these steps, you will help to conserve precious resources while saving money on electricity.
 
 

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