Save some serious money on electric bill?


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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Feb 08, 2021


    Most electric companies will come out and do a free analysis on your home to help you save money on your monthly bill. They look for things we never think of.

    Here is other ideas for you

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 08, 2021

    Hi! Most utilities offer low cost or free energy assessments. That's a good place to start. Instant on appliances use a small amount of power all the time. A power strip you can switch off helps with electronics. Use LED bulbs. Electronic thermostats that are programmable, energy efficient appliances. Everything adds up, like leaving lights on in a room you don't use. We have a gas hot water heater now, and I never realized until we got it, how much electricity the old electric one used. Dusting light bulbs even help them work more efficiently!

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Feb 08, 2021

    IF you do ALL of these, you should see some results:

    1. Do an electricity audit. ...
    2. Turn off the lights. ...
    3. Change your lightbulbs. ...
    4. Check for air leaks. ...
    5. Replace the air filter. ...
    6. Shut the door. ...
    7. Program your thermostat. ...
    8. Don't run your appliances unless they're full.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 08, 2021

    Switch to CFL Bulbs

    Do Air Leak Testing and Sealing (caulking)

    Seal Attic Air Leaks

    Use Energy Star Products

    Insulate Crawl Space Ducts

    Close Heat Registers

    Use Less Hot Water

    Use a Water Heater Timer

    Use Weatherstripping

    Change Furnace Filter Regularly

    Use a Clothesline

    Maintain the A/C

    Plug Electronics into a Power Strip

    Clean the Dryer Duct

    Drain the Water Heater

    Clean Refrigerator Coils

    Seal Up a Seldom-Used Chimney

    Add a Flap to the Dryer Vent

    Use Storm Windows

    Fill Gaps Around Electrical Boxes (foam gaskets)

    Fill Gaps Under Sinks

    Use “Winter Curtains”

    Seal Small Attic Holes With Foam and Caulk

    Add a Door Sweep

    Turn Down the Heat

    Seal Up Ducts

    Wrap Pipes With Insulation

    Research Triple Glazed Windows

    Find Out the Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

    Add a Radiant Barrier to Your Attic Ceiling

    Adjust Your Water Heater Temperature

    Remodel Your HVAC for Zones

    Clean and Maintain Your Refrigerator

    Insulate a Garage Door

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 08, 2021

    All are useful suggestions, this is a utility, you can shop for rates in most areas and lock into them. Theres a whole marketplace out there and you have to read it carefully.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Feb 08, 2021

    Most utility companies charge different rates for electricity usage during different times of the day/days of the week.

    You can save money on your electricity bill by running some appliances such as the dishwasher, washer and dryer, and by also taking showers only during these times, rather than during peak hours.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 09, 2021

    When we replaced and upgraded our windows to double insulated vinyl, I was shocked at how much a difference it made. Adding insulation to the crawl space also put a dent in it. It has dropped at least $40/month. But I haven't done a comparison of weather but I don't think temperatures are that different from the prior years.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 09, 2021

    Hi Carolyn, switch to LED light bulbs - they use less than the CFL

    make sure you turn out lights in rooms you are not using

    make sure doors & windows are closed tight

    check for drafts on windows, you can put a plastic sheet over the window to keep drafts down

    Get a programmable thermostat

    check your ceiling insulation, you may need to top it up

    These should help you see a difference.

    Also, see if you can sign on with a company that gives you better rates than you are currently paying

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 09, 2021

    Hi Carolyn: What I did was to unplug all of the unnecessary things you aren't using. Even things that are not being used are leaking energy called standby or vampire energy. So, if you have a lamp plugged in that you don't use, unplug it and other things you aren't using. Every little bit counts.

  • Lots of good tips here. Try some smart bulbs and smart outlets that you can program to keep power usage down. Beware of scammer utility companies who offer a low rate to start as they lock you in impossibly hard then explode your rate.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Feb 10, 2021

    Electric companies will often come out and "audit" your home

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