Nobody wants to pay an outrageously high electric bill every month, and luckily, there are several things you can do around the house to drastically cut your electric bills without having to live in the dark. Here are four sneaky ideas that will help save you the most money each month and still give you the power you need.
Install Solar Panels
Installing solar panels may require a significant upfront cost, but they will also virtually eliminate your electric bill each month. If you home gets a lot of sun throughout the day, then you should be able to run your home almost entirely off the energy gained from the solar panels. Call a company like 1800-Solar-USA and get a review of your house to see if it can be fitted with AMI Energy solar panels. You will still have to keep your traditional electricity because of cloudy days, but solar panels will easily cut your electric bills in half for the year.
Lower Water Heater
Setting the temperature on your water heater a bit lower will not only increase your risk of scalding, but it also decreases your electric bill. If you can reduce the amount of work your water heater needs to do each day, then you will significantly lower your monthly bills. Lowering your water heater up to 20 degrees from the normal 140 degrees to 120 degrees can save up to $500 each year.
Your electronics continue to use power while they are plugged in, even if they are not turned on. Unplugging charged laptops, cell phone chargers, and other electronics that rarely get used is a great way to cut down on your energy usage. There is no reason to waste money when it only takes a few seconds to plug a cord into the wall. Save some time unplugging electronics by using power strips. You will be able to unplug a handful of electronics all at once.
Lighting your home is one of the biggest contributors to your electric bill, but even the most energy conscious person is going to forget to turn the lights off at times. Installing motion sensors in your home will ensure the lights automatically turn off if no one is in the room. This is a great way to eliminate wasteful energy usage, and you will never have to worry about leaving the lights on again.
Wasting money on your electric bill is hurting your bank account and the environment at the same time. These four ideas can be implemented in your home right now, and you will instantly see a drastic difference in your electric bill each month.
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