Loan Officer | NMLS #91019
Branch NMLS #1627273
Posted On September 27, 2017
Electric bills tend to rise during the summer months because of hot weather and air conditioners working overtime. Energy efficient appliances and other home renovations can reduce electricity consumption, but may be costly to install. Before splurging on energy efficient upgrades, make a few changes to daily behaviors.
Reduce Hot Water Usage
Save up to $250 per year by reducing hot water usage – no cold showers necessary! Lowering the water heater’s temperature, only running the dishwasher when it is full, and washing clothes in cold water are just some ways to save.
Unplug and Turn it Off
No, the phones and tablets do not have to be plugged in 24/7. Unplugging electronics when not in use, turning the TV and computer off, and setting timers on household lights can save between $100-$300 per year, depending on the size of the home.
Strategic Heating and Cooling
Overusing heaters and air-conditioners can add up. Replacing window coverings with heavy drapes to keep out the sun, opting for ceiling fans, and adjusting the thermostat before leaving the home can cut cooling and heating bills by 10-30%.
Reducing energy usage saves on the electric bill, benefits the environment, and does not have to cost anything. Make these simple adjustments and start cutting energy costs today.