It's time to pay your energy bills again and it seems like they get higher and higher every month. How do you use that much energy anyway?
While you can't do anything about the average utilities cost in your area, you can make some changes to your home to save money on your bill every month. Keep reading for a few of our top ways to keep your energy bill lower.
Start Relying on Natural Light
Putting more of your focus on natural light than artificial light is one of the best things that you can do to lower your utility costs, and the best thing about it is that it's completely free. Bonus: it's also great for your mental health.
During most of the year, make an effort to keep your blinds or curtains open during the day as long as you're able to do so. Even if you only have small windows (like if you're in a basement apartment) this will make a big difference, especially on very sunny days.
There's no reason to rely on artificial light sources when you're at home during the day.
To further move sunlight around your home, we recommend adding some mirrors to the rooms that need more light. Mirrors will bounce light around and brighten the room.
If possible, consider swapping some solid doors for windowed doors or arches so you don't disrupt the flow of sunlight in your home.
This isn't just good for reducing your reliance on lightbulbs. If you keep your blinds open during the winter, sunlight will make your home warmer, getting rid of some of your home heating costs. Just make sure to close the blinds during sweltering summer days so you don't over-use your air conditioner.
Consider Alternative Energy Sources
Speaking of relying on the sun for light, if it's possible for you to do so, consider making a change to an alternative energy source (like solar power). While this is a costly venture, you'll end up saving money on your energy bills every month.
When you install solar, you'll also get to benefit from the solar tax credit. This means that you'll get some of that money back. The government wants to incentivize citizens to opt for solar power.
Some people are able to get money back from the power company every month, but this isn't an option for everyone. Talk to your local solar installers to see if solar power is right for you.
Swap Lightbulbs for LED Bulbs
So what if you can't go solar and your home or apartment doesn't get enough natural light? Swap your standard lightbulbs for LED bulbs.
LED bulbs are eco-friendly. They also have a longer lifespan than standard lightbulbs, meaning that you'll save money on buying new bulbs and you won't be contributing to overstuffed landfills.
Reduce Your Average Utilities Cost With These Tips
If your average utilities cost is getting out of control, try out one of these suggestions. Even making a small change, like opening your blinds during the day, can make a huge difference.
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