Live Comfortably: Ways To Avoid Paying High Utility Bills

1 year ago by: Daniel Bosai
-- Online (m) at 27-03-2019 09:54AM (1 year ago)

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The price we pay for electricity and gas are up, but there are things we can do to keep our utility bills low. And we should strive to use less energy, since this reduces the demand on the power grid and helps us protect the environment. Here are a few ways to avoid paying high utility bills.

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Try to Stay Cool the Cheap Way
Before you turn on the AC, try to stay cool other ways. Close the blinds and put up sunscreens to keep the hot summer sun out. Turn on a little electric fans and ceiling fans before you turn down the thermostat. Try drinking cool drinks or turning on a mister. Plan a trip to the beach or the pool instead of watching TV and playing on the computer.

A cool trick for keeping your home from heating up is to only run a heat generating appliances at night. If you can, only cook at night. Eat sandwiches and other things that don’t need to be cooked during the hottest part of the day. If you can’t get by with a clothesline, wait until the evening to run the clothes dryer.

Maintain Your HVAC System
One way to avoid paying a lot for electricity is to maintain your HVAC system. Replace the air filters in the air conditioner so that the unit doesn’t work longer and harder than it has to. Remove debris from the air intake vents for the same reason. Clean the compressor, since this improves its efficiency. If you don’t know how to do this, the best heating company in San Diego can schedule regular maintenance to keep your HVAC equipment in peak condition. There are other reasons to invest in regular system checks and maintenance. For example, they will repair little leaks before you lose too much refrigerant. This can save you from having to pay to replace the compressor and associated motors, too, after it burns out after running continuously trying to keep your home cool.

Maximize the Efficiency of Your Appliances
Your dishwasher uses about as much energy and water to wash a half load as a full load. Your washing machine requires as much electricity to wash a partial load as a full load. Your oven needs almost as much electricity or gas to cook a single casserole as a casserole, dessert and bread. Try to wait until you have a full load of dishes or laundry before you run your appliances.

Also take the time to check the settings before you run your appliances. Don’t cook food longer than it needs to be. Don’t let the washing machine do a double rinse if that isn’t necessary. Skip the heated dry on the dishwasher run unless it is actually necessary. Only run the clothes dryer as long as necessary to get the clothes dry.

Insulate Your Home

This advice can take several forms. Adding more insulation to your attic will always reduce your energy bills. Sealing gaps around your windows, installing insulated drapes, and putting barriers under door jams so air conditioned air doesn’t escape will yield energy savings, as well. Don’t forget the little things that make a big difference, such as children leaving the door open when they go outside or letting a window sit open all day.

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Relax and Unplug

Everything that is plugged in is drawing some power, whether it is in sleep mode or turned off. Turning off power strips and unplugging items from the wall will save power. Remember that the same is true of any electronics you have recharged. Don’t leave phones and tablets plugged in all the time. You can achieve even greater energy savings if you break out the board games or a book for entertainment instead of collapsing in front of a TV or PC when bored.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on new appliances or invest a lot of time in order to save energy. You’ll save quite a bit of money on your utility bills if you follow our advice, and you’ll contribute to saving the planet, as well.

-- Baye77 (m) at 27-03-2019 10:27AM
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Cool stuff  Cool
-- TomGHdip (m) at 26-05-2019 06:43AM
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We need to pick up modern technology that consumes less energy