Take Control of Your Energy Bill

Take Control of Your Energy Bill

It is no exaggeration to say that or energy bills are just too high. Lowering them seems to be difficult, though, without sacrificing your sanity or spending an outrageous amount of money on things like green power gadgets.

However, there are some things that you can do to drive your energy costs back down to manageable levels. Let’s look at a few of them. 

Comparing Energy Rates

If you are lucky enough to live in a place where the energy companies are not regulated, like Alberta, you will have the chance to shop around for an energy company so that you will be able to get the best rates. Energy prices tend to always be changing and this means that you will need to keep an eye on all of the latest deals to ensure that you aren’t paying too much for your energy. You can do that by checking this site.

Boilers

Another way to make sure that you can take control of your energy bill is to make sure that your boiler is working efficiently. If you have a boiler, it will be responsible for around 55% of your total annual energy bill for your home.

If you want to make sure that you are keeping your energy usage under control, it is essential that your boiler is in peak operating condition. You might also find that it will save you money if you get a central heating thermostat installed. A programmable one would be the best bet. This will ensure that you home stays at a comfortable temperature around the clock while not using too much energy.

Heating, Cooling, and Water

There are even more energy efficient solutions when it comes to heating and cooling. They include tuning up your heating and cooling system. This can save you up to 10% on your annual cost for energy. Make sure that you change the filters on a regular basis too.

Also, consider adjusting the thermostat on your hot water heater to a nice and warm 120 degrees, or even a bit lower. If you are going to be away from home for a few days, you can even turn it off until you return. Lowering the temperature of your hot water heater can save you as much as 15% of the energy used to heat your water.

Block the Rays

On those hot days, it will help to keep your home cooler if you close the curtains and lower the blinds on the side of your home that is in the direct light. For those who don’t want to obstruct their view, you can always apply a sort of window film to your glass. There is window film of the do it yourself type that you just cut to size and stick on your windows, and there are types that will need to be applied by professionals.

These films can drastically reduce the amount of radiant heat that gets into your home while still allowing you to see through your windows. You might also consider using awnings over your windows and if you happen to live in a place that is hot all year long, you can paint your home a lighter color so that the heat will be reflected as opposed to being absorbed.

Window Air Conditioners

If you have an air conditioner that fits in a window, it is best to put it in a window that is on the shady side of your home. You might also want to put it more toward the center of the room if possible.

Turn it Off

Even if you think that one of your devices is turned off, it might still be draining your power if it is still plugged in. This is the case with many electronic devices that have their own transformer – that little black box at the end of the cord. If it isn’t easy to get to your outlets, plug your smaller electronics into a power strip. When you aren’t using them, just flip the switch and they will be powered off. Of course, use power strips wisely. If you have clocks or the like plugged in to them, turning them off and on all the time can be more trouble than it is worth.

See, it is entirely possible to save money on your energy bills without having to break the bank to do so.

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