Even with all the energy-saving methods available, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that electricity consumption will increase by 1.9 percent in 2018. Homeowners may be baffled by this finding, even as they make energy-reduction measures around their homes. Discover some of the reasons your electricity bill might still remain high.
You Leave the Lights On
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Turning off the lights may seem like a simple solution; however, burning light bulbs is still one of the many causes for high energy bills.
The Internet of Things (IoT), an integration between computers and everyday objects, could offer some helpful solutions in and around the home. These solutions will not only improve the energy bill, but also reduce the time you spend on household chores. Further, the IoT also embraces LED lighting, which has a longer lifespan and requires less energy to operate. Moms who hope to update their homes with energy-saving solutions will appreciate this news and the stylish options available for lighting.
You Block the Flow of Air in Your Home
Regular maintenance improves an HVAC system’s performance, which includes clear vents and clean filters. This regular maintenance also reduces the service requirements of the HVAC system. In addition, proper ventilation is another important part of HVAC system maintenance.
The thermostat that controls the temperature of the home performs better when air inside the home flows freely. Proper ventilation is also great news for moms who worry about the health of their families. When the vents are clean and the air travels freely, dust particles don’t have places to build up.
You Don’t Bother Studying Your Energy Bill
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While you can easily assume that everything gets automated, many meter readings still take place by live representatives from your utility provider. But these workers could also make mistakes. You only need to take a few minutes to compare the meter reading to your statement to make sure all the figures align. With this check, moms like you will able to tell whether your household’s energy consumption is increasing or decreasing.
You’re Not Thinking About Embracing Technology
Consumers can not only change from a manual thermostat to one that has a timer, for example, but they also have their pick of more energy-efficient appliances. These appliances include refrigerators, microwaves, dryers, and televisions. Apart from the estimated savings on the energy bills, consumers should keep an eye out for government incentives as well. Switching out old appliances for new ones can mean a reduction in maintenance costs. Appliances that are not maintained or are in need of service may require more energy to run.
Investing a few dollars in a technology upgrade will do wonders for comfort levels and have a positive effect on your home energy bill. Sometimes, the investment doesn’t require more funds at all, just a little time out of a busy schedule. The extra money you save could result in a fuller pocket while allowing you and your household to make a positive impact on the environment.