How to Lower Your Electric Bill

Several factors are responsible for high electrical bills. Auditing the electrical use in your home is key to finding a lasting solution to the issue of high energy bills. Like everyone else, you should find ways to lower your electric bill. The list of steps to lower your electric bill is endless; however, we will discuss five essential steps that will result in a significant reduction in your energy bills.

1. Insulate Your Home

If your HVAC system is working excessively to warm or cool your home, your electric bill will be high. However, to make your HVAC unit work less, you should enhance the energy efficiency of your home by extra-insulating your home. Look for cracks, gaps, or holes in and around your window frames and caulk them. Insulate the pipes if your water heater, replace the weather stripping on your windows and doors, purchase window and door draft stopper, install the plastic film in your window, etc. All these will make your home more energy-efficient and require less heating or cooling, which will reduce your electric bill over time.

2. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Leaving your HVAC unit to run without any limit will it to binge on electricity and increase your bill. However, you can take advantage of a thermostat to turn on and off your HVAC when the preset temperature is reached. Even when you are asleep, the thermostat will ensure that your HVAC system is well regulated. You will have a lower electric bill over time.

3. Block the Heat from the Sun

Another way to lower an electric bill is to reduce the air conditioning use in your home by blocking out the heat from the sun. Use window treatments such as blinds or closing curtains made from heavy draperies to block out the sun from your home. You can also install a tinted window film to reduce heat in your home.

4. Replace Windows and Doors

If your windows and doors have become drafty, your HVAC unit will work extra to cool or heat your home. However, when you replace your windows and doors with energy-efficient types, your electric bill will reduce. Replacing your windows doors will pay back by causing your energy bill to reduce.

5. Regular Appliance Maintenance

Servicing and repairing your appliances like water heater and HVAC unit regularly will keep it energy-efficient and use less energy. Have a professional check and repair your HVAC and water heater to ensure that they work correctly and use less energy. This will lower your energy bill and help you to save money.

The steps above are practical solutions that will pay back over time. Improve the energy efficiency of your home and appliance and reduce your energy bill.

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Scarlett Rae Coleman: Scarlett, a residential architect, shares design ideas, architectural trends, and tips for planning a home remodel.