Electricity bills can be expensive, especially in the summer and winter months when we are running the air conditioner and heater more. There are a few easy ways to cut down on that monthly bill regardless of the time of year though. A few of these might cost a little more up front, but the long term savings will more than pay off the up front costs.
Turn Off the Lights
Creating new habits can be tricky at first, but if you can get into the habit of always turning off the lights as you leave a room, you won’t be wasting energy or money lighting rooms no one is using. A simple flick of the switch will result in a few extra dollars every month.
Buy Energy Efficient Bulbs and Appliances
Energy efficiency technology has taken massive leaps and bounds in the past decade. Light bulbs today not only last way longer than old bulbs, they consume much less electricity too. Kitchen appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, and ovens can also be switched out for massive savings in the long run. Even a new television twice the size of your old one will probably use less electricity than that old dinosaur you have.
Install Solar Panels
Instead of using less electricity, how about using no electricity! Solar panels can heat your water and light your house. Most people use them to supplement their monthly electricity bills, but some people use them to go completely off the grid and only use solar power. Some governments even have tax incentives for people who get solar panels installed. For a better idea, you should be able to find several free tax calculators online. It’s a nice program that recognizes you committing some up front costs in order to benefit not only yourself, but the whole planet in the long run.
Simply not being in that stuffy house, burning electricity with save you money. Take a walk outside, go play with the kids at the park, go for a swim! Even sitting outside on the porch will give you some fresh air and a respite from burning electricity.
All of these tips will not only help your wallet, they’ll help the planet too. How great is it that saving money also means saving the environment? There’s no reason not to!