The average cost of electricity in the U.S is around 13 cents per kilowatt-hour. An average home can consume as much as 900 kWh of electricity every month; with the current cost of electricity, that works out at just over $110 in monthly power bills. Clearly, power bills can be a burden to many homeowners. However, there are a few practical ways of cutting down on your power consumption, leading to lower power bills.
Turn Off Appliances When Not in Use
Make a habit of switching off of any appliances that are no being used, whether they’re light bulbs, heaters, or fans. Some home appliances don’t have energy cautious power supplies, so as long as they are plugged into the mains, they continue to draw power – the only solution is to unplug or switch off the outlet.
Switch to Power Saving Appliances
Make the switch from old, outdated home appliances to efficient, energy-saving gadgets. Installing energy efficient electrical appliances could lower your power bill considerably. For instance, replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs can reduce the lighting bill by as much as 80%. You are not just limited to bulbs either; you could also install intelligent thermostats, energy efficient fridges, and smart meters. Energy efficient appliances not only save on electricity consumption, but they also tend to have a longer lifespan.
Insulate Your House
A lot of electricity is used in heating and cooling the house, especially during the summer and winter months. As much as the HVAC system keeps the home comfortable and cozy, in most cases, the system runs non-stop throughout the day. The solution to this is no switching off the AC but instead improving the thermal efficiency of the house itself. You can do this by insulating the floor, ceiling, and walls. A well-insulated house reduces heat loss and cuts down on HVAC usage.
There are many more ways to reduce your domestic power consumption. Run an energy audit to identify areas that are using unnecessarily high amounts of energy. You could also speak to an expert and work out how to cut down on energy consumption.