Is it time for your high electric bill shape up or ship out? Well, if your utility costs are anything like average U.S. home, then the answer is a big, fat yes.
According to the U.S Energy Information Administration, the average monthly electric bill in the U.S. is well over a hundred dollars or more, with this amount nearly doubling in some states. Where you live is a big part of how much you pay – or overpay – for electricity.
The good news is that there are plenty of simple things you can do as a homeowner or renter to reduce your electric bill. Not only will you be putting more money in your pocket – where it belongs – but you’ll also be doing your part in creating a healthier environment. Here’s how to show your electric bill who’s boss:
Be mindful of vampire appliances and electronics
Stop letting power-hungry devices steal your savings. A 2015 study by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) found that a staggering $19 billion worth of electricity is wasted in U.S. homes thanks to energy-sucking devices that continue to use electricity even when they’re not technically “on”. Common culprits include your desktop computer, printers, cable box, DVR, televisions, charging stations, kitchen appliances, and more.
One simple way to reduce the energy drain of these vampire devices is by taking advantage of power strips, which make it easy to turn everything on or on off at once. Some power strips even have individual switches that allow you to keep certain devices on while others are off.
Upgrade appliances and light bulbs to energy efficient models
Sure, the 80s are making a comeback but not when it comes to outdated household appliances. Consider updating your appliances, especially if they are close to being 10 years old. This can have a dramatic impact on your cost and energy savings. When shopping for appliances, aim for the highest Energy Star rating possible. Similarly, replace all your light bulbs with energy efficient CFL’s and LED’s.
Go solar and start enjoying sustainable savings
This is kind of a no brainer. Going solar has a number of both immediate and long-term cost saving benefits, not to mention the environmental advantages. In addition to protect against fluctuating energy rates for years to come, solar allows you to greatly reduce your tax burden, save big on utility costs, and so much more. With GreenSpark, making the switch to solar is a simple, easy, hassle-free process.
Imagine what your household could do with the money you save on utility costs by going solar? The possibilities are endless! Curious about exactly how much you can save with solar? Drop us a line and chat with one of our solar team members to learn more.