5 Tips to Saving Money on Your Home Utility Bills

Do you feel like your utility bills are going to crush your budget? You are not alone; these bills have almost driven many other people crazy. Luckily, you can reduce your energy consumption significantly without compromising your comfort. Here are some helpful tips that you can implement for the purpose of saving money:

Insulate your attic

A recent research done by the U.S. Department of Energy (USDE) shows that the amount of heat loss through attics accounts for the largest proportion of the total heat wastage in a home. If the attic of your home is not (sufficiently) insulated, the heated indoor air will rise and escape and through its void(s). Consequently, your thermostat or furnace will keep on working hard to keep your place warm. As a result, your energy bill will remain insanely high.
Attic insulation will prevent much heat loss hence reduction of your energy bills remarkably. You can do the insulation on your own if you have proper expertise or by referring to an online DIY tutorial. In fact, fiberglass insulation is easy-peasy and relatively cheap as well. Otherwise, you can hire an expert to do it for you if you are too busy or uncomfortable to do it yourself. You can save as much as 20% of your total heating and cooling expenses if you insulate your attic.

Get the best provider and plan

There are lots of providers of deregulated electricity and natural gas and each of them has unique energy plans with specific rates and contract terms. Check if your provider gives you maximum value for your money by comparing its kilowatt-per-hour pricing structure with other companies’.
The easiest way to do such a comparison is by checking various electricity ratings from different providers on texaselectricityratings.com. You might be surprised to upon finding out that there’s a provider out there offering a cheaper plan which will equally fit your energy needs.

Adopt water-efficient showerheads and faucets

Besides electricity, you also need to address possible water wastage at your home. Although water-saving showerheads and faucets are a bit costly, they are a worthy investment as they can reduce your water efficiency significantly and save you lots of energy bucks in the long-run. Unlike the ordinary ones, water-saver shower heads restrict the flow of water, especially when the water has heated up. As a result, it will not only save water but also heating energy.

Adopt LED lights

Do you still old-style bulbs (incandescents)? If yes, then a major proportion of your electricity bill goes to lighting. These bulbs don’t only have a short lifespan (less than two years) but they also consume a lot of power. On the other hand, LED bulbs are very energy-efficient, consuming about 90% less energy as compared to the traditional bulbs and each can last up to 25 years. So, if you want to save money on your electricity bills, you must consider replacing your incandescent lights at your home with LEDs.

Keep your idle appliances unplugged

If you have a tendency of leaving your electronics like TV and PC plugged in, then you need to change if you want to cut on your energy consumption. When these appliances are left-plugged in, they draw in phantom charges which drive your power bills up. Therefore, the best way to avoid these charges is to ensure that you unplug your devices when they are not in use.

Evaluate your behavior and items that use electricity and water to see where you’ve been going wrong as far as energy and water consumption is concerned and act accordingly. Having implemented the above tips, you’ll certainly see your home utility bills reduce tremendously.

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