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Three Ways To Lower Your Electric Bill
It's the same narrative every month. We look at our electric bill and wonder to ourselves, "how the heck did we use that much energy?". While it may or may not "break the bank", I think we are all on board for saving some cash that could otherwise be used on a few more craft brews, a night out with your better half, or even a weekend getaway. It's time to start reducing that pesky bill, and below we show you just how easy it is to do it.
Pay with a credit card: Now we are getting creative. Rather than paying your bill off with your debit card, opt to use your credit card. Credit cards tend to have great cash back incentives and awards on your purchases. Why not get some cash back on something as mundane as your electric bill? Just make sure to pay off your credit card consistently.
Align your thermostat with the season: We are all guilty of it. In the hot days of summer, we put our air conditioners to work.. many times attempting to maintain a temperature of 74. Or maybe you despise the cold and try to keep the temperature around 77 in the winter. This is great, but think how hard our air conditioners and furnaces must work to make up for the temperature gap between outside and inside. The harder the units work, the more electricity you are using which in turn, causes our utility bills to skyrocket. So what's the solution? Actually, it's pretty simple. Turn down the heat in the winter and the air in the summer. Be disciplined enough to keep the temperatures around 77-79 in the summer and 70 in the winter so that you can take advantage of savings.
Turn off your lights: It's our natural tendency to enjoy a well-lit home. Step outside at night to look around your neighborhood and you'll notice that most homes are bright as day inside. While it's nice to have lights on all the time, it's important to note that increased energy usage is the trade off. We aren't saying to eat supper in the dark or force your kids to read with no lights. We are simply saying be conscious of opportunities to turn down those lights. For starters, try turning off the lights when you are watching TV and never leave the home without checking that all the lights are off.
Now you are ready to start saving some cash on that monthly electric bill of yours. These three things require little effort and are sure to rack up the savings for you as time goes on. Just remember me when you decide to grab that extra craft beer to celebrate your savings.
Paula is a lifelong resident of the Cedar Valley. She and her husband Rich are both graduates of UNI with BAs in Business Management. She spent many years as a Sales Representative for RJ Reynolds and....