I’m always looking for ways to save money on just about anything if there is an opportunity. Since I live in the state of New Mexico we can even choose an independent electric or gas program. Since summer will be here before we know it I wanted to share a few ways that you can save money on your electric bill.
Tips to Help You Save Money On Your Electric Bill
Here are a few ways to save money on your electric bill.
- Adjust Your Thermostat – Using a thermostat that’s programmable can save money. In the winter months, you might want to pay attention to your heater settings if you can turn it down one or two degrees at a time until you find a temperature you’re comfortable with and don’t forget to change heating and cooling settings at night. Even changing the setting a few degrees can help you save money on your electric bill. Remember over time these little things rally start to add up.
- Leaks – Look for any gaps, cracks, and other openings. Check your windows, doors, around pipes and another place you can see light coming in or feel a breeze. We replace our weatherstripping yearly because they get worn out
- Ducts – Don’t forget to check the ducts in crawl spaces or attics and cover any spots that are leaking.
- Windows – If you ever decide to get new windows make sure and look into the quality of the window because they will make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your house warm or cold.
- Curtains – I love the thick blackout curtain, they help keep the house a comfortable temperature.
- Appliances – Whenever the time comes to replace an appliance make sure to purchase something that is Energy Star efficient.
- Water heater – Check what temperature your water heater is set at. They often are set a big little high, and you can turn it down a tad to save some money. Mine was set to 140 degrees we moved it down to 120 and couldn’t even tell the difference.
- Laundry – Try to do your laundry using cold water whenever possible so your water heater doesn’t use as much energy heating the water up.
- Turn off the lights – If you are not using them, there is no reason they need to be on. Turn the lights off to save you some money and not waste energy.
- Dishwasher – The dishwasher uses HOT water try starting your dishwasher before you go to bed and wash full loads.
- Plant trees – If you don’t already have trees in front and back of your house consider planting some.
- Try and get an independent energy supplier (only available in certain states) – IGS Energy is a program that is approved in some states that are energy choice and deregulation states and customers can buy electricity and natural gas from an independent energy supplier. Typically, natural gas and electric supply products were not given the option but with Energy Choice-eligible customers can now shop for and choose the natural gas or electric supplier that is right for them.
IGS Energy (brand for this program), part of the IGS Companies family of brands and there is over 1,000,000 commercial and residential customer. IGS Energy is available in ten states, customers can lock in a fixed rate for a period, and smile because IGS Energy has green options, hybrid accounts and more. To learn more about IGS Energy visit IGSenergy.com or follow @IGSEnergy on Twitter. You can also go through their local home energy consultants, by mail, and by speaking over the phone to IGS Companies community support. The associates at IGS Energy are all Trusted Energy Advisors with training to help you not just toss you into a product that isn’t beneficial to your family.