03 Oct 7 Ways to Lower Your Power Bill
If you’re like most homeowners in Florida, you’ve likely looked at your bank account after your monthly power bill payment hit and muttered to yourself, “I really need to lower my bills.” According to SmartAsset.com, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that Florida residents pay about 12% more than the national average in electricity bills at around $129.86 per month. To cut this down, it is important to know exactly how to lower electric bill payments efficiently. Here are seven potential ways you can reduce your power bill.
1. Schedule an Energy-Efficiency Check
You might not know where to begin when it comes to lowering your bills, so you should consider scheduling an energy-efficiency check with a professional. This involves an inspection where an energy-efficiency technician can pinpoint areas of your home that could benefit from a little home improvement or perhaps connecting to a solar grid. When you are just starting out, this check can provide a lot of valuable information.
2. Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances and Lights
Most modern appliances come with an energy rating that can give you an idea of how much it would cost to operate that particular machine throughout the year based on average use. You may be able to lower your power bill payment by purchasing appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators with better energy ratings. It is possible even to power many appliances using solar panels, saving you even more money.
If you haven’t yet done so, you should also consider upgrading all your light bulbs to LED options. LED lights last much longer than the average light bulb, and they are much more energy-efficient.
3. Seal Drafts Around Windows and Doors
You could be spending more on your electricity bill each month simply because of gaps or inefficient seals around your doors and windows. First of all, be sure to invest in quality doors and energy-efficient windows. Then, you need to make sure the doors and windows have proper seals around them. Drafty seals could make your home’s heating or cooling system work much harder to keep your home the designated temperature.
4. Insulate Your Home
Your walls and roof should have sufficient insulation to protect from the temperature outside. Depending on where you live in Florida, you may have to deal with tropical storms and high temperatures all year long. Proper insulation should help to maintain a cooler temperature inside the home and be easier on your cooling system.
5. Turn Up Your Thermostat (or Down, Depending on the Season)
If you are out of your house for most of the day, consider turning your thermostat up higher so your systems don’t have to work as hard to cool down each room. In fact, it’s a good idea to program your thermostat to keep the home around 78 while you’re out. You should be able to program it to start cooling everything down just before you walk through the door.
If you live in Central or Northern Florida and you’re in a season where you’re more prone to run your heater, consider turning the thermostat to heat to a lower temperature while you’re out.
6. Install Solar Panels
Florida sees a lot of sunshine – after all, it is the Sunshine State. Consider taking advantage of that solar energy by installing solar panels on your roof. Although it seems like a significant initial investment, it can quickly lower your power bill to a steady monthly payment that you don’t have to worry as much about fluctuating. You may even be able to hook up most of your electric systems to the solar panel.
If you are concerned about proper solar panel installation, don’t worry. Professional technicians take care of all that for you. Once the panels are correctly installed, you get to enjoy a regular monthly payment as laid out in your contract. Plus, for investing in alternative green energy, you can still take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit!
7. Use Less Water
It may seem strange at first, but your water usage could be affecting your electricity bill. It takes a lot of energy to heat up water to wash dishes and clothes or take a shower or bath. You can reduce this by only running the clothes washer or dishwasher when you have full loads. It is also possible to use solar energy to heat your water – yet another way that quality solar panels could come in handy.
Start Saving Today
There are many ways you can start lowering your monthly electricity bill right away. Once you identify the areas of your home that need the most improvement, you can make a plan of action. The savings you are able to obtain may surprise you. For more information about solar panel savings and how you can get started on the installation process, contact our technicians at Bison Roofing & Solar today and request a free evaluation.