Posted by Betsy Graziano on 4/10/2017
The square footage of your home is only one factor that comes into play when a utility company determines the amount of your monthly electric bill. The layout of your home also impacts how much energy it takes to cool or heat your home. For example, having more rooms with closed doors at your home could force your central heat or your central air conditioner to work harder to get these rooms to comfortable temperatures.
Fortunately,even if you have lots of closed rooms at your home, there are ways to lower your electric bill. Keep reading to discover easy steps that you can take to save money on your electric bill. Some of the steps take less than five seconds to implement.
- Keep doors to rooms that you don't use closed.Open the doors an hour before you plan on spending time in them to allow heat to flow through the rooms.
- Install floorboard heaters if you have lots of rooms at your house. This way, you can adjust temperature levels room by room.
- Switch to natural gas. Contact your utility provider and ask to see price comparisons on the cost to heat your home using natural gas, electricity, propane or heating oil. The savings may easily cover the cost of purchasing a natural gas furnace.
- Turn air conditioners on at night. Keep the thermostat at 70 degrees. Use fans during the day.
- Perform regular maintenance on appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers. Damaged appliances can be great energy drains.
- Hang clothes on the line during warm months instead of running the clothes dryer.
- Change air filters and ensure that wiring on heating and cooling appliances are in good condition.
- Limit the use of lights to when you actually need to use light. You don't have to turn a light on simply because you walked inside a room. Turn lights off when you are not in rooms.
- Opt for window treatments and windows that are energy efficient.
- Seal cracks in doors and windows.
- Place sealants like metal and rubber strips beneath exterior doors. Don't forget the door leading out to your patio.
- Wash dishes by hand instead of running the dishwasher.
- Cook one large meal a week and eat salads and leftovers throughout the week. For example, you could prepare a large meal on Saturday and take the remainder of the meal to work for lunch.
- Turn off devices that rely on electricity before you head to bed. Examples of these devices are laptops, iPods and televisions.
- Contact your utility provider and schedule time for them to test your home. At the end of the inspection, ask the service provider representative what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. Depending on your salary, you may qualify for a government subsidy.Check with your utility provider about the subsidy guidelines.
Also, ask your electric company how they calculate monthly residential electric bills. Some utility companies set a monthly baseline usage level for customers. If your electric company raises rates during winter or summer, adjust your temperature settings to keep your bill from going up.