No one likes paying bills. The lower the bills, the better. For many homeowners, the energy bill is a constant source of stress. It can vary widely from month to month,
and it often seems like there is nothing that you can do about this amount. While you don’t have any control over energy rates, you do have control over the amount of energy that you use at home. The following tips will help you cut down on your energy usage, resulting in a more energy efficient home with lower bills.
Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to keep your house at a desired temperature whether or not you’re at home. Most people opt to lower the temperature a few degrees while
they’re sleeping and during the daytime hours when they’re at work. Simply set the thermostat accordingly so that you don’t have to worry about adjusting the temperature all the time.
Run full washing machine and dishwasher loads
Wait until you have a full load of clothes or dishes before you run the washing machine or dishwasher. You use the same amount of energy every time that you operate these
appliances, regardless of how many items you’re washing. You might as well maximize the energy use.
Use power strips
There are quite a few appliances and electronics that you don’t run all the time, including TVs, DVD and Blu-Ray players, computers, and printers. Appliances that have a
standby mode still use several watts of power in standby. Turning them off completely can make a big difference. Plug these items into power strips that you can turn off when you aren’t using them.
Use shades, blinds, and drapes
Shades, blinds, and drapes go a long way toward heating up and cooling down the house. When you want to warm up the house, leave them open. When you want to cool down the
house, keep them closed. This process may seem like a hassle at first. However, it will quickly become a habit, and you won’t even think twice about it.
Are you looking for more ways to cut down on energy use around the home? Consult with Palmco or your local energy provider. Many energy companies offer tips online and are also happy to provide advice specific to your region of the country.