The recent stay at home orders that have been sweeping our nation, have come with a new norm for most people. Being in the house more has many of us wondering how to reduce our energy bill during this time of quarantine. Between homeschooling (or distance learning), zoom conference calls, and bingeing those Netflix shows you wanted to catch up on, reducing energy consumption has likely been at the top of your mind. And outside of the normal tips such as lowering your thermostat, it can be a little overwhelming trying to get your energy bill to something you can financially afford. Especially when you need to see a significant change in a short amount of time.
Finding tips to reduce your energy bill during quarantine can result in even more frustration when those tips aren’t significantly useful. So it is our aim to provide you with tips in this post that will help you see a decrease in your energy bill. Starting with the major appliances in most of our homes.
Tip 1: Being Mindful Of The Appliances In Our Home Can Help Reduce Energy
Most of our major appliances are in the kitchen, so it is no wonder that kitchens have become the hub of the home. Cooking is definitely a necessity and it is something that happens quite frequently during the day. But did you know that using smaller appliances such as your microwave, toaster oven, air fryer or even crock pot can help lower your energy consumption? Our stove, electric or gas, is one of the bigger energy sources in the home. Taking advantage of those smaller appliances will not only help you reduce your energy use but also time spent cooking (depending on the meal). If you are any good on the grill (or even if you’re not, hint hint, Youtube University) fire it up as often as you can!
Another way to help reduce the use of major appliances is by not running them unless it is necessary. For example, try to reduce the amount of times you run your dishwasher or washing machine. This can help you see a significant difference in your energy consumption. A rule of thumb here is to always wait for a full load. Hand wash dishes or laundry when possible and hang your clothes to dry. This will not only reduce your energy consumption, but it’s also an amazing way to reduce your energy waste and help the environment. Simply running these appliances at night or in the early morning will also help you see a difference in your bill.
An additional idea is probably one we don’t even think about often. However, unplugging any appliances that aren’t being used frequently can help tremendously. This would include things such as the toaster, hair dryers, video games and especially your computer. The Department Of Energy says unplugging these types of appliances can account for an increase in savings of 10% or more.
Tip 2: Controlling Your Heating And Air Usage
We’ve all heard that turning down your heat or turning up your air are ways to reduce your energy bill, but at what point does that become too uncomfortable to bear? Research has shown that keeping your heat around 68 and your air at 78 seems to be an average comfortable spot that’s not too hot or too cold and still helps reduce overall usage.
However lowering your thermostat isn’t the only option here. Opening curtains and windows during the day will bring in more light as well as help cool down your home. Keeping up on changing the air filters on a monthly basis can help too as it ensures your AC isn’t in overdrive to cool your house. Same goes with removing any obstacles that may be in front of vents and closing vents to any rooms that aren’t in use frequently. Lastly, caulking or weather stripping any areas known for drafts or air leaks is also a fairly cheap and still beneficial way to control your energy cost associated with heating and air.
Tip 3: Solar Can Help Reduce Your Energy Bill
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the many benefits of going solar for homeowners. Outside of giving you more control over your home’s energy usage, and decreasing the amount of energy waste your home produces, solar is yet another great way to reduce your energy bill.
While solar may seem like too big of an investment for such a small benefit the numbers show that that is absolutely not the case. On average most households can save over $11,000 over a lifetime by going solar. But leaving out the financial benefits, solar allots you so many more benefits.
Not a fan of lowering your thermostat? Then don’t. You are producing your own energy with solar, which means you can use as much or as little of it as you’d like. Not into the idea of hand washing your clothes to save a few bucks, us either. Solar allows you to run your home how you want without an overwhelming energy bill at the end of the month.
Worried about the initial investment or overall cost of solar? No need to be. Most of our plans offer no out-of-pocket cost for homeowners while offering monthly payment options as low as $65/month. If you’re worried about still receiving a bill with your energy providing, don’t be. With solar you bank energy with your provider, which means in most cases they end up paying you at the end of the year, not the other way around. During the year the service fees they charge are usually less than $15 per month. In some cases they can go as low as $5 a month.
What that means is, if you are paying more than $100 per month for your energy bill, solar may be the way to go for you. Not only can you save and produce your own energy but you are helping the environment and creating a future of lifetime savings for your children.
The above mentioned tips can help you knock a few bucks off of your energy bill on the monthly basis but if you are looking to see a significant change give us a call at 760-545-8466.
If you decide solar is right for you, have a look at our tips for any homeowner looking to get solar.
Did you know?
One wind turbine can produce enough electricity to power up to 300 homes.
Renewable energy is a form of clean energy that is provided by natural sources present in nature.
Solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, and geothermal power can provide energy without the planet-warming effects of fossil fuels.