Many homeowners either ignore or don’t know how to save money on your electric bill. Electricity has become a prime necessity today. Often, we turn off lights if we don’t need them to save on electricity, but that may not be enough. Have you thought about methods you can use in your home to make a noticeable difference on your monthly electric bill?
Invest in an Energy Efficient Space Heater
If you have central heating, it makes very little sense to run your heating system in order to heat your entire home if you only plan on being in one room over an extended period of time. If you have a large home, grabbing a blanket and a space heater may be the best solution to your skyrocketing monthly electric costs. You can get a good space heater for starting only $25 on various internet outlets.
Change All Incandescent Light Bulbs
When you think about a light bulb, it is hard to imagine that this simple bulb could be what is causing your family to go over the monthly budget for electricity expenses. You may be surprised to know that your standard incandescent light bulb is normally 60watts while the new generation of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) only uses 6watts of power and they fit in any lamp or light socket currently available on the market. This 90% reduction in energy use will equate to big savings.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
When you replace your traditional thermostat with a programmable thermostat, you get the luxury of being able to turn the heat or air on or off at certain times of the day. For example, why would you heat your home while you sleep under your covers at night? If you wake up at 8am, why not set your thermostat to turn on at 7:30am so that you can enjoy the heat or air when you wake up without wasting electricity the whole night. If you have the same work schedule each day, you can quickly see how helpful a programmable thermostat will be in your home.
If you institute these small investments in your home, they will pay for themselves in no time. Being energy efficient is not only helpful when it comes to balancing your checkbook, it also saves the environment. Why not do your small bit for the earth and save money by making your home as energy efficient as possible?