There are a surprising number of ways that inefficient appliances can make your utility bill rise through the roof. You get used to paying a certain amount per month, but you should always question what you could be doing to save money. The fact is that most electronics are inefficient when it comes to energy, and by doing a few simple things you can cut back dramatically on how much electricity you’re using. Electricity tends to be one of the more expensive utilities, and that’s the one that you can save the most with. Here are three tips on how your appliances are money drains.
Phantom Energy Drains
You may think that when you turn off appliances, such as lamps or the toaster, that you’re saving energy. This actually isn’t true. Although you’re not using the same amount of power when an appliance is turned off, the fact that it’s plugged in is actually still using power. If you unplug all of your electronics when they’re not in use, you’ll save a substantial amount on your electricity bill. A few appliances here and there won’t make a difference. If you want to leave your TV plugged into a power strip, for example, that’s not going to add a whopping amount onto your bill. However, when all the lights and appliances remain plugged in, they add up to substantial amount. Unplug as many appliances as you can when they’re not in use to save a bundle on your next utility bill.
The Type of Light Bulb Matters
Another energy drain is not using energy efficient light bulbs, which are now required by law for landlords to use in certain cities. Although energy efficient light bulbs might be a little more expensive, they’ll actually last longer and cut back on how much electricity is used. Don’t forget to also examine how many light bulbs your lamps are using in the first place. This is especially true for overhead lights. If your overhead light is using more than two light bulbs, you might consider switching it out for a lamp that will use less electricity. If you require a very bright room, then you’ll want to keep the extra bulbs. Other than that scenario, though, limiting the use of light bulbs as much as possible will cut down on how much you’re paying on your utility bill.
Understanding Charges and Market Rates
Not all market rates are the same when it comes to utilities. Some utility companies, depending on where you live, will offer different options to have your energy delivered to you. You can examine the different rates available by calling your main utility company and asking for the price per kilowatt for electricity and therm for gas. While this might seem like a negligible rate to keep track of, it adds up very quickly. Find out what the most competitive rate is in your area and try to get your energy delivered via that carrier. You can also call your utility company and have them explain the bill to you, so that you fully understand and can review it in the future for accuracy. Don’t forget that utility companies make mistakes, too, and if you take the time to call them on it and question it, they’ll probably adjust the bill for you. The key is information and remaining informed.