It feels like everything is getting more and more expensive.  The cost of living isn’t the same as 40 years ago. As the temperatures go down in the coming months and the upcoming holiday season approaches. The more money saved the better. Your utilities bill is one of the largest expenses you have as a homeowner. Here’s a few ways to save money on your energy bill.

Climate Control

Your thermostat regulates the heat in your home. If you have a manual thermostat your home is heated even when you are away. With the advent of emerging technologies there are programmable thermostats. They work with Amazon’s Alexa and learn your activity levels. You can program your thermostat to run at lower energy while you are at work or when you are sleeping. It makes no sense to heat up an empty house. This will save you money on your electric bill.  Installation is very easy within 30 minutes. However if you need help there is 24/7 support.

Washing/Drying

Doing chores around your home use not only electricity but also water. Washing laundry in cold water uses less energy than warm water plus extends the quality of your clothing. 90% of the washing machine’s electricity expenditure is used for heating the water. Drying clothes also use a lot of energy. Wool Dryer balls are inexpensive and speed up the drying process. If you live in an area with adequate sunlight then hang your clothes on a line. Utility companies charge more during the day. It saves money to do chores later in the day.

Heating

It is 3-4 times cheaper to use gas heating than electric heating. If your water isn’t being heated over 120 degrees, you are saving on energy. Take showers instead of baths. Showers use much less energy and water than baths. Keep ducts and vents clean. Leaky ducts and vents can add more to your heating bill. Annual HVAC maintenance is vital for homeownership.

Lighting

Switch your current lights for  Compact fluorescent lights or LED bulbs.  They are more energy efficient than convenient bulbs. Plus these bulbs last longer than regular bulbs. Swap out your shades seasonally. In the winter keep blinds open and close them in the summer.

Other Tips for lowering electric bill

It’s 2018  we are more wired than ever before.  This increases the overall electric bill. Smart power strips  reduce your power usage by shutting down power to various electronics. It puts them into a standby mode. This can reduce your energy consumption by 5-10 percent. Also an Electricity Usage Meter can help you control how much energy your home appliances consume. It should be noted too much energy consumption can wear out your appliances. Pride Home Warranty specializes in helping homeowners fix or replace their appliances with our home warranty plans.

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