Energy Expense: How Frugal Folks Save Money on Their Power Bills

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Though homes are more energy efficient than ever, most homeowners still have places where they could save money on their energy use.

It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort or investment to save big on your home’s energy costs.

Here are some ways that frugal folks save money on their power bills.

Energy Expense

  • Unplug Those Energy “Vampires”

    Electronic devices and appliances that are plugged in all the time tend to suck small amounts of power, even when you aren’t using them.

    Though it might be impractical to go around the house unplugging everything every day, there are some things that you should unplug when not in use.

    These include wireless device chargers, small appliances such as toasters, TVs — anything that doesn’t need to be constantly hooked up to a power source.

    Doing so will save you tiny amounts of money — basically pennies per device per week — that will add up over time.

  • See the Light on CFLs

    If you are still using traditional bulbs, make the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money on your energy costs.

    Compact fluorescent bulbs, which are the weird-looking coiled bulbs, will save you a ton of money in the long run, because they use much less energy than traditional light bulbs and last a lot longer.

    For example, you would be lucky if the average traditional bulb lasted a year. CFLs, on the other hand, should last for several years.

    Though they are more expensive to buy, most people break even within a year and start saving on their energy costs after that.

  • Maintain Your HVAC System

    To lower your summer air conditioning bills or your winter heating costs, you need to take care of your HVAC system.

    There are things you can do yourself, such as changing the filter regularly or cleaning out the condenser unit outside.

    Professionals, like those at A-1 American Services, know that it’s also worth it to have annual maintenance done by a certified technician.

    All of these things should help your unit operate more efficiently and save you money.

  • Seal up Your House

    Much of a home’s energy inefficiency comes from warm or cold air that escapes through cracks and gaps.

    Fill in these cracks and gaps in your home with either caulking or weather stripping. This will help make your heating and cooling more efficient and save you money.

You don’t have to spend a lot to improve your home’s energy efficiency. These are some simple and inexpensive tips that can help you save a bundle.

Author BIO

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter and Facebook.

Throw us a like at Facebook.com/doable.finance


Post a Comment on Content of the Article

 

This is not a billboard for your advertisement. Make comments on the content else your comments would be deleted promptly.

CommentLuv badge