Guest post by Rodney Southern
How to Lower Your Energy Bill
My wife and I have worked hard in recent months to lower our energy bill, and to a large degree we have started to see results. Today I wanted to show you how to lower your energy bill wtih 5 easy tips. Our family tried many things, but these are the five tips are the best ways to save on your energy bill.
Ways to save on your energy bill:
1. Do an energy audit
I never realized you could contact the energy folks and have an energy audit done. This tells you when and where you are losing money and some basic steps to fix the problem areas. It also allows the experts to tell you bigger changes you can make to improve your energy profile.
This sometimes means changing equipment to something that is more energy efficient. That can be expensive, but it helps to know what those changes could do for your energy bill.
2. Learn to do full loads in dishwashers and washing machines
My wife is terrible about filling up the dishwasher or washing machine halfway and then starting it out of habit. While having dirty dishes sitting in the dishwasher is not fun, it is a huge energy drain to do partial loads. When you add in those partial loads of laundry, you can really blow up an energy bill.
Wait until you have full loads and you will save a ton on energy, not to mention on detergent too.
3. Install motion sensors for the lights
Motion sensors cost money, but they pay for themselves in no time flat. If you truly want to save on that energy bill, set up motion sensors for your lights. When you walk into a particular part of your home, the lights come on. After a specified period of time, they turn themselves off. This is a fantastic way to save on energy.
4. How to save energy in the house – Insulate
Insulate windows, doors and any other areas that let air in or out.
Windows and doors are prime suspects when it comes to energy drains. These are the easiest places to find air leaks or problems of that sort. Do a good job of insulating all your doors and windows and you will be well on your way to a more efficient energy profile. Don’t forget to do the interior doors as well because they can allow unwanted temperature changes from room to room.
5. Discover the benefits of unplugging energy drains
So many people don’t realize that there are a number of items that drain energy even when you are not using them. Cell phone chargers, power tool chargers, televisions, DVD players, stereos and countless other items all drain power even when they are just sitting there.
Various estimates say that about ten to fifteen percent of your power bill is dedicated to these phantom energy drainers. How do you avoid them? Plug items into power strips and then cut the power strip off when not in use.
These are some of the better options that can save you a ton of money on your energy bill. My wife can still leave her lights on and my motion sensors take care of the problem for us. In a world where we are draining resources quickly, every little bit can help.
Now it is your turn… How do you help your family save on your energy bill?
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