You have monthly expenses and the last thing you want to worry about is a hefty energy bill showing up in the mail. Luckily for you, there are five things you could do that may have an impact, so hopefully your next bill won’t be so shocking.
Watch Your Hot Water Usage
Did you realize that your hot water heater is probably one of the biggest energy users in your home (second only to your fridge)? Which means you can make a big reduction in your bill just by paying attention to how much hot water you use. According to Forbes,1 you can save over $150 dollars each year by washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot. Another way to cut back on your hot water expenses is to insulate your water heater. Conserve Energy Future2 points out that if your water heater isn’t insulated, it has to work a lot harder to keep the water hot and ready for you. By adding the insulation, the water can stay warmer without as much energy expenditure.
Tweak Your Thermostat
Do you adjust your thermostat when you leave your house for the day? If you don’t, you could be missing out on big savings. As reported by Nerd Wallet,3 you can reduce your energy bill by 10% by lowering your thermostat 10-15 degrees before you leave for the day. Ideally, you should have a programmable thermostat that will do this for you automatically.
Change Your Shower Habits
How many minutes per day do you and your family spend showering? Now consider the fact that you are using 10 gallons of hot water every two minutes that the shower is running. So, imagine how much water you can save by taking a shorter shower. Another way to cut back on your shower water usage is to install an efficient showerhead. They minimize the water flow so that you still get enough water to get clean without too much extra going down the drain.
Cover Your Windows
Your windows are the number one way that heat escapes during the winter and gets in during the summer. So, it stands to reason that you may be able to save on your energy use by insulating your window. Choice4 recommends installing curtains or blinds to provide an extra layer of protection against heat escaping. You could also strategically plant trees outside of the windows to provide an additional layer of insulation.
Choose Your Energy Provider
Finally, have you learned about energy choice? . By having a say in who is providing the actual electricity supply. Your electric utility will still provide the delivery of your electricity.
By implementing these simple changes, you can see may see a change by the time your next energy bill arrives. To learn more about switching to North American Power as your electric supplier, contact us now.
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