Energy savings can be easier to come by than you think. It may seem like a lot of work for only a small payout but many families have halved their energy bills or more. The amount of savings is often dependant on the amount of effort and money you can put into your savings. Here are some ways to cut costs and every little bit helps save the planet at the same time!
First, it is important to understand how your energy bill works. Many places charge a higher rate during the day when energy usage can be at its highest. Knowing this information can help you know when to charge your devices for example.
Also, many energy companies now offer free energy audits to help you find the places where you can save money easiest. It is worth checking to see if your energy company offers this benefit. And, it is also a good idea to shop energy companies. Not only will different companies source their power in different ways, but at different prices. This gives you a chance to buy solar or wind power in many cases. Or just choose the company that will offer you the most economical price. A slight rate difference can add up to large energy savings over the long run.
You can also insulate your water heater and water pipes. Consider a solar water heater, and lower the temperature of your water heater. Quite often, we waste a considerable amount of energy heating water and then letting it cool before it is used. Any and all of these can add up to huge annual energy savings.
Ceiling fans can help distribute heated or cooled air and lower the need for air conditioning significantly. Of course you can always dress heavier or lighter to reduce the need for heating and cooling overall. Or get a programmable thermostat that only heats/cools when you are home. These tiny steps can add up to big energy savings. Even tiny things like making sure to keep the curtains pulled on sunny windows during summer and open during winter add up!