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a home mortgage or rent, the average household’s second major expense category
is their utility bills. Adding up the electric bill, gas/oil bill, water/sewer
bill, cable/satellite bill, internet and phones bills for a month can
sometimes even surpass the amount of the mortgage or rent. So, taking a hard
look at utility bills and finding ways to cut back on your usage or change
some of your habits can result in savings. I love saving money and a lot of
the tips about utilities, especially electricity, are very easy to convert into
think about how your household uses electricity and what percentage of your
electric bill is used for these major categories compared to an average
American homeowner, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency:
- Home Heating
- Air Conditioning
- Water Heater
- Kitchen and Laundry Appliances
adjusting for extreme climates, on average, if you add together the home
heating and air conditioning costs, you will see that is almost half of your
entire yearly electric bill. So here are a couple of things you can do to cut
back on your heating and cooling costs:
Choose Your Electric Company and Service
Plan Wisely. If you live in a deregulated state, you have the added
advantage of shopping for your electric service provider. You can shop online
to compare electric rates, plans, and terms and might save as much as 20% on
your total electric bill by changing companies. Whether you have lived in Texas
all your life or are planning to move to Texas sometime soon, deregulation has
given residents a great opportunity to save money on electric bills through the
Power To Choose TX.
Annual Tune-ups. Keep your heating and
cooling system maintained with annual inspections. Repair any issues as quickly
as possible to keep your equipment functioning at maximum efficiency. Many
companies offer special pricing for this important task about 1 month before
peak demand and this gives you a heads up on any problems that might arise
later in the season.
Change the air filter regularly. The
absolute minimum for changing the air filter is every 3 months, but most
heating and cooling professionals recommend changing the filter monthly. Air
filters are inexpensive when you buy them in bulk at the hardware store. A
clean filter helps keep dust and dirt from clogging up your system, which makes
it work harder and waste electricity. You might want to check into a permanent
air filter which only needs to be hosed off regularly and then re-inserted
rather than going into the trash.
Use a Programmable Thermostat. If you
are handy with DIY projects, you can buy a programmable thermostat for as
little as $25 and install it yourself. But if you need a pro, have the heating
and cooling technician install if for you when they come for the tune up.
Properly programmed, you can save about $180 per year – so you get your money
back from that expense the very first year!
tips are just a start for conserving energy and saving money on electricity in
your home. What are some of your ideas for saving on your utilities?
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