Winter has arrived and with it comes increased electricity usage. Higher usage combined with Liberty Utilities reported price increase means you will be paying more for electric this winter. These tips will help you reduce your electricity usage and keep more of your hard earned money.
1. Keep Your Thermostat Low and Consistent – Turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees will probably go unnoticed in your daily routine but it can save you money. Another money saving technique provided by Simple Energy, is to avoid frequent adjustments to the temperature. Set your thermostat and leave it there to save the most on electric and heating fuel.
2. Insulate Your Hot Water Tank – When your hot water heater has to work hard to keep your water warm, it uses a lot of electricity. Get the most out of your hot water by making sure your hot water tank is insulated and consider turning the temperature down on your water slightly. These small changes will help you get the most hot water for the least expense.
3. Use Electricity Late – Appliances such as your washing machine, dryer and dish washer use a lot of electricity. So does taking a shower. These activities can cost you less if you time them during off peak electric hours. Before 7 am and after 10 pm are considered off hours for electric use and it is cheaper to run your appliances at this time. Simply waiting until off-peak hours to do these things can drastically change what you pay for electric each year.
4. Unplug – Electronics use electricity even when they are turned off. Unless you completely unplug a device it is still using electricity. In fact, unplugging your electronics when not in use can save you up to $75 in electricity costs in a year. Additionally, shutting down computers and making sure lights are turned off will go a long way for keeping electricity usage low.
5. Change Your Laundry Habits – When doing laundry if you can time things so you dry two or more loads of laundry back to back you are saving by using an already warm dryer for the second load. Cleaning the lint filter can also improve efficiency of your appliance.
6. Switch to LED or CFL Lights – From light bulbs to holiday lights, it’s time to make the switch to LED or CFL lights. These bulbs require a lower wattage to power the light and they don’t put off as much heat as incandescent light bulbs. LED holiday lights are a great way to decorate your home for the holiday season and keep electricity costs as low as possible.
These small changes will probably go unnoticed in your home until you start noticing the improvement it makes on your electric bill.
At Title Mortgage we realize that owning a home comes with a lot of expenses and a lot of responsibility. We also know that your home is your biggest asset and there is a lot that needs to be done to prepare for the winter season. Being mindful of your energy usage is the first step for figuring out how to lower your electric bill this winter.