ELECTRIC BILLS, UP, UP, & AWAY!

By
Real Estate Agent with Mitchell Real Estate 304417

I got my electric bill today and boy was I shocked.  My bill was $286.00.  I thought my bill was bad however when I was talking to a renter on a home I manage, he stated that his was around $700 for the month.  GEEZ!  That's more than a house payment for me.

So I found some ways to reduce electric bills so I thought I would share:

1) Don't Be Shade-y

Even though it may be cold outside, the sun still tries to peak through on occasion. When it does, make sure to open your curtains in order to welcome the sun's heat into your home. This will help to add a touch of warmth to help keep your heating costs down.

2) Cool It

Did you know that the settings on your water heater could be affecting your heating bill? It's true. I know that I just turned mine down after someone told me this.  I couldn't believe that it would make a difference.  Even, if turned down, it may still be able to heat your water adequately while reducing your heating bill.

3) Insulation Information

Insulation is used to maintain your home's temperature. Some houses, especially older ones, may require additional insulation to keep the cold air out during the winter and the warm air in. The latter is especially important if your goal is to lower your heating bills.

4)Temperature Control

Turning the thermostat down when the house is empty or at night (when you can snuggle up under the covers) will help to reduce your heating costs.

5) Window Woes

If you feel a cold draft near your windows, chances are good that it isn't the only direction that the air is flowing. Specifically, air leaks or gaps in your window can cause the warm air to leave your home, which can result in a rising heat bill. If you notice a draft, use caulk to seal the area.

Now that I know how to keep my heating costs down, I hope next months bill is alot cheaper!!

Comments (1)

Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

Fortunately, My electric bill is usually very reasonable, but I'm frequently the only one here. I eat out quite a bit, too. I'm certain these tips will be very welcomed by my friends and family. Thank you.

Jan 24, 2011 03:45 PM