At the beginning of a new year, my husband and I like to revisit our budget and make changes based off of our spending the previous year. When we sat down this year we realized that we needed to make some changes with our utilities. In 2015, we cut our cell phone bill in half and with our move, our heating bill is down. However, our electric bill is much higher now. If you too are taking a look at what your electric costs were for 2015 and the number is staggering, have no fear. Here are a five really easy ways we are going to lower our bill and save on electricity this year. Join us and you can save too!
1. Turn down the heat
Over the course of a year, setting your thermostat to 65 instead of 66 will actually save you quite a bit of money. You won’t even notice one or two degrees difference and if you do, just snuggle up a bit closer.
At night, try turning your thermostat down about 5 degrees lower than your daytime temperature. If you go much lower than that, any energy that you saved will be used up when the setting goes back up.
To make all of these changes easier on yourself, get a programmable thermostat. They come in all different price ranges and abilities and make it so easy to schedule all of these ups and downs in temperatures. We installed one in our house and it was so easy.
2. Put appliances on timers
Did you know that timers aren’t just for setting your lights to go on and off while you are on vacation? Televisions, computers, and DVD players use electric even when they’re not on. If you work all day, invest in a few timers to turn them on only for hours you will be home, and to shut off when you go to bed. The timers are fairly inexpensive – around 5-10 dollars depending on how elaborate they are.
3. Don’t charge too long
It seems that everything has a rechargeable battery now. Laptops, cameras, phones, electric toothbrushes and even some vacuum cleaners have chargers on them. Leaving them on chargers longer than needed does only two things – it uses electricity and ruins the battery. I am so bad at this, but you can also use a countdown timer that will automatically turn off the electricity after a certain amount of time. Gotta love those timers!
4. Try to be aware
If you leave a room, turn off the lights. If it helps, just imagine your dad yelling at you that he doesn’t work for the electric company – or is my dad the only one? It sounds silly, but you’d be surprised how much you do things like that if you start to think about it. I know my hubby is guilty (All. Of. The. Time.) of leaving the refrigerator door open while he makes a sandwich. A few small changes can mean big savings. Plus, your dad will be proud.
5. Shop around
Did you know that in some states you can choose your electricity provider? Here is Pennsylvania, we can shop around and have the freedom to choose which company we want to use. For example, take a look at what we can save with Direct Energy during January:
Save up to 16%* over MetEd’s electricity rate, and up to 12%* over Penn Power’s electricity rate. There’s more! Save up to 10%* over Penelec’s electricity rate!
Do you have Direct Energy in your area? You should definitely see how they can help you start the new year right with a fixed-rate energy plan with online account management. Added bonus – you can earn Plenti points with your Direct Energy account and get rewards.Discover how you can save with Direct Energy now – just head over to this page and enter your zip code to see how much you can save.
Do you have Direct Energy in your area? Make sure to check out how you can save. What else do you do to save on your electric bill? We can use all the help we can get!
*All savings refers to the current difference between Direct Energy’s fixed rate offer and the Utility’s current Fixed Rate for Basic Service as of January 8, 2016, and does not include any other component of the electricity bill. Utility rates are subject to change and there may be no savings following the respective official utility rate change date. Direct Energy’s fixed rates include electricity supply charges only and excludes delivery/transmission charges, taxes, and all other utility-related charges. Offer is limited and valid for new residential customers only.