Cut Costs And Spend Less Money On Electricity

Does it seem like your electric bill gets higher each month despite attempts to cut down and be more efficient? Beyond insulation and looking for cracks, gaps, and leaks, there are a few ways to make a positive step toward energy-efficiency and to begin seeing a decrease on the monthly electric bill.

Some ways to cut what you spend on electricity include these suggestions:

Check your utility bill. Do you compare the electricity usage from the meter to your bill each month? You should; a mistake or error in the electric rates could inflate your bill, and it could go unnoticed if you are unaware of your monthly usage. Start keeping track of the numbers on your meter and compare this to what you are being charged on your monthly electric bill.

Focus on small steps, instead of major strides. Sometimes, the smallest things can make the biggest difference, and that includes areas of energy conservation. Don't focus on sudden, drastic changes but rather make small modifications to routine tasks and circumstances to curb energy costs. For instance, when your dishes are done washing in the dishwasher, stop the cycle and grab a towel to dry them by hand.  This will save energy by skipping the hot-air dry cycle, and is a relatively small chore.

Use white paint on your roof. Painting your roof white can reduce costs to cool your home in the summer, reflecting natural light and saving you money every month. Be sure to use paint that has some resilience to the elements and flexibility to cover roofing materials, such as a paint with polymers that will also offer longevity.

Keep filters clean. Be sure that you are keeping the filters on your furnace and air conditioning units clean and free from dust. These fixtures have to work harder to heat or cool the home when they are clogged with dirt. Replacing or cleaning the filters frequently will also extend the life of the furnace or air conditioner, as some units may deteriorate prematurely when exposed to dust and debris.

Upgrade your appliances and fixtures. It pays over the long term to invest in new, energy-efficient appliances now. This includes updating your home's furnace, hot water heater, and air-conditioning units, if applicable. How often appliances should be replaced varies, but know that new models offer energy-saving features that may not be found in models made five years ago or older. Also, look for options that offer the energy-star label, which means it has been approved as efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Make small changes around the house to cut down your electric bill, and be vigilant about monitoring your home's consumption. If you do have old appliances, this could be the perfect time to upgrade them to see significant differences on your utility bills. Talk with HVAC professionals about further ways to make your home more efficient, and about strategies to lower your monthly energy costs.