LOWERING YOUR MONTHLY POWER BILL
If you have noticed that your electricity costs have gone through the roof recently you are not alone. Power bills across America are much higher than usual but there are several things you can do to reduce your power consumption and your power bill. Keep in mind that by reducing your power consumption you are not only saving yourself money each month but also helping to keep Mother Nature as clean as possible.
One of the easiest ways to make a difference to your power bill is to switch to LED lights. LED lights will last up to 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs and are just as easy to change. Although they may cost a little more initially, they will certainly make up for it in how often you need to change them and how much you can save on your energy bill.
Another way to lower your power bill is to keep your lights turned off as much as possible. When you come home from work there is no need to switch on every single light in the house, especially in your spare bedroom. However, many people will do this as a habit. Instead, use the natural light from the sun as often as possible and only switch one light on at a time. If you switch a light on, turn another one off. It may take some getting used to but practicing this habit will help you a lot in the long run.
Cutting Down on Power Consumption
Another way to cut down on your power bill costs is to switch to energy efficient appliances. While most of us cannot afford to go out and buy a new microwave, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, dryer and freezer, when you are looking to buy new white goods, always check the energy rating as part of your criteria. The more stars on the appliance, the better the energy savings rate and the lower your power bill will be. This is an important way to shop for white goods and other products in the future.
Finally, when it comes to saving on your power consumption and your power bill, you should also make the most out of your windows and screens. During the summer months, keep those windows open and turn on the fans in your house rather than reaching for the air conditioner. If you must have the air conditioner on, make sure all the windows and doors are shut in the house to keep the cold air trapped in the room you are in. This will make your air conditioner work a lot better.
Make sure you also change the filter on your air conditioner as often as possible to ensure it is working to the best of its ability. This holds true for your heating system as well. Look into window draft stoppers or replacement windows to cut down on your heating costs during those cold breezy winter months.
Lowering your monthly power bill is a smart move for anyone, even if your landlord or property manager pays the monthly power bills in your complex. It is still a good idea to get into the habit of turning lights and appliances off when you are not using them, of making the most of your fans, windows and heating systems and of switching to energy star appliances in order to cut down on your energy consumption. When it does come time to move into your own house or pay for your own power bill, you will be well ahead of the game and on your way to a lower power bill from the start.