How to Save on Your Electricity

by Joseph K. Clark

As we continue to move further into winter, chances are likely that you’re going to see your electricity bill spike. We naturally use more energy when it gets colder or hotter, and for most, it’s unavoidable. However, while having electricity is a must, having to break the bank for your electric bill is not. If you’re looking to decrease your overall utility bill both now and in the future, here are some helpful tips on how you can save on your electricity.


1. Start with your utility company.

The electric rates that you pay are a direct result of your electric supplier. Therefore, one of the best ways to cut down on your bill is to see if you can find a new supplier in your zip code that can offer a better electric plan. Look for an electric program that gives you the best contract terms and the lowest price possible. Compare electricity providers in your area now to see if you can find a better plan and start saving money on your monthly bill as soon as possible.

2. Look for ways to stay warm without running your heater non-stop.

The more you run items that use electricity, small things like space heaters, or air conditioners, the higher your bill will be at the end of the month. The solution? Find ways to stay warm (or during the summer, cool) that help you cut down on the amount of time you’re running your heater. There are plenty of ways to use less electricity, whether this means bundling up in warm clothes, baking and cooking warm foods or even finding heating alternatives like glove warmers or a heated blanket.

Of course, there are some times where using electricity will be unavoidable. If you plan on using your electricity, most energy suppliers promote certain times during the day when you can benefit from discounted rates while using the local electric supply. Put simply, if you look for them, there are always ways to save.

3. Check for areas that may be contributing to your high energy bills.

Have you noticed that your heater or AC spends significantly more time heating and cooling the house than it took in the past? In some cases, this may be a result of damage to your house itself. For example, if there are areas of the home around windows and doors where you need to improve insulation, air can be escaping, making your heater work harder to keep the house warm. Take some time to look at the sealing quality around your home. If any gaps are allowing air to escape, repair these immediately to help your rates go down.

4. Pursue regular maintenance for vital appliances.

Another reason your heater or AC is running non-stop could be that the system in your home is no longer as efficient as it once was. If you haven’t maintained your heating and cooling system for a while, have an expert come over and look at it. You may find some minor issues that, when fixed, reduce your overall electric bill and make your heater and AC more effective.

Electric bills are a reality of life. However, when your bill is too high and puts stress on your budget, there are almost always ways to work around it. If you’ve noticed a gradual increase in your energy bill, use the simple steps above to figure out what you can do to directly impact the price and use less electricity overall.

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