Important Tips to Reduce Electricity Cost

Electricity comes at a cost. There’s simply no getting around that problem (short of installing your own solar panels, of course). However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck with high power bills. There are several ways that you can reduce the amount of your electricity cost – and they don’t necessarily involve turning off your air conditioner in the middle of summer, either.  Here are some excellent ways to knock those costs down.

 

Get a Smart Thermostat

One huge source of electricity cost is from heating and cooling the home when there’s no one home. Invest in a smart thermostat that you can program to go off when the family is out, and to come back on just before everyone arrives home once more. You’ll save a bundle by not heating or cooling the house when there’s no one home to worry about being comfortable.

 

Don’t Dry Your Clothes

When it comes to electricity cost, your dryer is a huge consumer. Just drying a single load of laundry can knock your bill up a good bit. Consider not drying your clothes – get a clothes rack that can stand in your laundry room, or invest in a clothesline and let your clothes dry in the sunlight and fresh air. Your bank account will thank you and your clothes will last longer as well (drying your clothes in a dryer actually shortens its lifespan).

 

Dishes

No one likes a sink full of dirty dishes, but your dishwasher might be a source of hidden electricity cost. If you’re running small or partial loads, stop now. Wait until you can fill your dishwasher completely and then run them. This will save on your power bill but it will also save on your water bill.

 

Switch Power Companies

For residents of Texas, one unique way to reduce electricity cost is to switch power companies. Deregulation means that you now have several different options (hundreds throughout the state), and these companies can offer some very appealing costs per kilowatt-hour. Switching companies allows you to pick and choose – you get to choose the company that offers the right mix of pricing, service, reliability and integrity. Of course, you have to compare your options here, and that can be difficult to do on your own, but using a third-party broker/aggregator site ensures that you get the information you need right away.Get reliable energy plans at competitive low rates from the best electricity company and reduce electric prices

Views: 110

Tags: Texas, bill, company, efficiency, electricity, energy, rates, reduce, saving, tips

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Stacy Hunt posted an event

High Performance Enclosure Strategies: Part II, New Construction at Online

August 13, 2014 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Please join the Building America Program for our free webinar: High Performance Enclosure…See More
1 hour ago
Richard Beyer replied to Howard Katzman's discussion UV lights on filters
"Howard, There are numerous manufacturer's who swear these systems work and then you have the…"
10 hours ago
Christopher Morin posted a blog post

How do You Test a TXV?

  Thermostatic Expansion Valves (TEV or TXV), one of the most popular metering devices for…See More
13 hours ago
Howard Katzman posted a discussion

UV lights on filters

I recently saw UV bulb installations in 2 HVAC systems in a home. Each system had the Lennox…See More
15 hours ago
Don Fitchett joined Michael Stuart's group
Thumbnail

INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY USERS

This group is dedicated to knowledge sharing and discussion of infrared thermography for building…See More
15 hours ago
Don Fitchett commented on Diane Chojnowski's group Pinterest
"While most of our (BIN95.com) energy post and boards are industrial related, there are crossovers…"
16 hours ago
Don Fitchett joined Diane Chojnowski's group
Thumbnail

Pinterest

Do you have a Pinterest board for energy topics?Post the link to your Pinterest energy board in the…See More
16 hours ago
Profile IconJosh Guenther, Deborah Green, Kenneth Brooks and 3 more joined Home Energy Pros
17 hours ago
Jim Gunshinan commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In
"Hi David, to answer one question, the crawlspace was covered with thick poly and the seams were…"
17 hours ago
David Eakin commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In
"Jim, Maybe a little more detail on the project is in order. You say that your crawlspace is now…"
17 hours ago
Jim Gunshinan commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In
"Ed, no problem, I caught your meaning. Ted, I made a judgement that a mini split would be the best…"
17 hours ago
tedkidd commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In
"That makes sense.   What are your criteria/metrics for determining what might be the…"
18 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service