Does your electricity bill have you cursing the municipalities? On average, each household spends at least $115 per month on power. That’s almost the cost of a new car payment.
If you’re a penny-pincher, you’ve probably looked at different ways to conserve your money. The best way to squeeze every bit of savings out of the bill is to have an energy efficient home. Save some time and money by reading about these 5 ways to cut down on your electric bill.
Do the Math
The best way to save money is by understanding the science behind energy usage. By learning some quick math, you’ll be able to granulate your bill to a higher degree. Finding out which appliance is costing you the most money will save you in the long run.
- Determine the KWh per appliance
- Count the hours of usage per month
- Find energy rates
For a 60W lightbulb, divide by 1,000 to find its kilowatts (.06). If you keep the light on for 100 hours per month, that’s 6kWh. If it costs 10 cents/kWh, then it’s roughly 60 cents per month to operate.
It’s All About the Insulation
One of the biggest power sippers in your home is the AC. And with air, it tends to escape from areas of least resistance. These are typically the window panes with bad caulking.
You should caulk your windows every half-decade. Consider using a triple glazing technique for extra security.
Combined Forces in an Energy Efficient Home
If you’re trying to heat your home or cool it off, you shouldn’t rely entirely on a supplemental resource. Room heaters or window unit ACs draw a significant amount of power. Use them in conjunction with the more efficient HVAC in your home.
Maintenance Your HVACs
Air conditioning units are designed to run at peak efficiency. If they’re hindered by anything, it’ll cost you money.
Have your HVAC maintenanced regularly. This should also include a monthly change of your air filter. The harder your AC has to breathe, the more money that slips out of your pocket.
Don’t Believe the Myths
Don’t believe in “energy-saving myths.” They’re old wives’ tales that are actually harmful to your cost savings.
- Closing unused air vents
- Keeping a light on is better than switching it off and on
- Appliances no longer draw power when they’re off
- Better to hand wash dishes
Don’t believe these myths. They’re proven to have adverse effects or do nothing to save you money.
Now You’re Efficient
Have you seen this month’s energy bill? It shouldn’t be that high! There are some ways to reduce your costs and make your house more energy-friendly.
You should learn how to calculate the energy use per appliance. Caulk and insulate areas of your house that allow air escape. Don’t believe in energy-saving myths and be sure to do some frequent upkeep on your HVAC.
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