The average household spends around $400 each month for utilities, and electricity generally takes the biggest chunk of it — $110.75 on average. Although this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that a lot of things at our home consume electricity, from our heating/cooling system, appliances, device chargers, and appliances. Even in Utah, where the average residential electric bill is at $79/month (which is 49th in the US), it still contributes a huge part of each Utah household’s monthly utility expenses.
As such, it’s important for homeowners to find ways to cut their electricity bills in order to spend their income on other wants and needs. Luckily, there are ways for you to reduce consumption without having to sacrifice comfort:
#1 Get Dimmers or Automatic Lighting Systems
Lighting is essential in every home, but you’d be surprised that your home lighting may actually cost more or equal to your HVAC system.
While it helps to get more energy-efficient lighting options such as LEDs, it still takes up a lot of energy (especially if you’ve got a lot of light fixtures around your home).
As such, you may want to consider installing a dimmer to adjust your lighting to your comfort and preference — this can save both energy and make your home feel cozier with softer lighting. You can also install automatic lighting systems so that select light fixtures switch off when not in need (or when you forget to switch it off).
Alternatively, you can also try incorporating natural lighting through skylights and smart window placement.
#2 Tune Up or Upgrade Your HVAC
Your home’s cooling and heating system will always be among the top energy consumers in your home, especially during the summer or winter.
Fortunately, you don’t have to limit your HVAC system’s use (or compromise with your temperature setting) just to cut back on your HVAC’s energy consumption. You have to remember that poorly-cleaned and maintained HVAC systems need to work harder and use more energy just to achieve the desired temperature setting.
This is why you could save a lot of money by regularly maintaining your HVAC and replace their filters in order to improve energy efficiency. And, if you think that it’s time for an upgrade, there are a lot of HVAC systems that are more energy-efficient or even utilize renewable energy.
#3 Harness Solar Power
Although the initial cost of installing solar panels on your home can be a bit expensive, it’s energy-saving capability basically allows it to pay for itself in the long run.
The installation and integration into your home’s electric system is fairly easy, too, and there are companies in Salt Lake City that handles every single aspect of solar installation from start to finish(including the tedious permits and paperwork).
If that isn’t enough, having solar power in your home allows you to get Solar Tax Credits, which can go up to $1,600.
#4 Mind the Windows
Your windows can either increase or lower your monthly electric consumption.
During winter, if you fail to cover, insulate, and seal (cracks and gaps) your windows, it allows cold air to enter or contribute to heat loss, which makes your HVAC work double-time.
Consequently, if you’re don’t cover your windows during the summer, heat and light go in, which increases the ambient room temperature and also forces your HVAC to work harder just to keep your house cool.
These tips simply show that cutting your energy consumption and saving on your electricity bill doesn’t need to be inconvenient, nor do you need to sacrifice your home’s comfort in doing so.
So try to see which one works best for you, and do yourself a favor and think of other ways you can go about reducing your energy consumption. And as an added bonus, not only would you be saving money, you’ll also be helping out the environment!