The average U.S. household has seen an increase in energy. The typical usage for households across the United States reaches 900+ kWh while electricity bills reach $114+.
Winter months are enjoyable whereas Summertime sees a dramatic increase which can often top the $200-300 range depending on the location and design of the home.
That’s no good.
A significant chunk of the average paycheck is being spent on the electricity to keep cool, stay entertained, remodel the home, and keep appliances running. These are the basic needs. Hours of your life goes toward this utility bill which can only make you wonder how to reduce the costs.
This article will share the best methods to reduce electricity usage.
KiloWHAT? How to Reduce Energy Usage
Reducing your energy usage starts with good habits.
It’s the little things like remembering to turn off the lights when you’re not in a room or stopping phantom power drain with items plugged in you’re not using. These are micro tasks that become a habit; they contribute a small amount to your energy savings but are still worthwhile.
Now, in terms of the bigger energy savings:
Shop Around – Start with a foundation and compare electric rates from those providers in your area. This will make the greatest impact in your energy savings. The selection of providers aren’t enormous for many areas but it’s not all a monopoly. Use sites and call around to compare the rates to fit the right bill and keep those costs low from the get-go.
Landscaping – Huh? Landscaping is a long-term investment that will save a great deal of money throughout the time you spend at home. Energy consumption, such as with the AC, lowers when you make smart decisions on planting trees and other shade-throwing plants around the home. You’ll increase your property value due while cutting down the amount of sunlight and heat that’s reaching your home.
Insulation – Chances are that the insulation in your crawl space or attic hasn’t been upgraded since the home was built. Imagine the basic technology behind insulation that was used 50+ years ago! It’s time to get it redone. Learn the types of insulation then seek a professional service. The up-front cost is a little high but it means less heat and cold seeping from your house which in turn cuts down on the big energy user: your AC & heating.
Ducts – 10-20% of the heating and cooling is lost from subpar duct work. This means your AC/heating unit is working harder than it needs to and eating up the electricity. Have a professional examine your ductwork or take the DIY approach. It’s as simple as checking the duct, outlets, and sealing any leaks which can be done with a bit of HVAC foil tape.
Leftovers – Running the oven and cooking on the range is going to use electricity and heat the house (again with the AC running longer). A super simple way to conserve energy is to make a great habit of using leftovers. Many toss a great deal of food. Why waste all that energy to cook a new meal when you can have the leftovers and continue saving, right?
Reducing electricity usage is one of the easiest methods to lower the cost of your rental or home.
It takes being conscious of how you spend your time and the activities which use electricity. A shift in lifestyle will not only save money but could dictate the interior design and feel of the household. Take these considerations (within the post) in mind when redesigning your home or planning for the future.