If you are like most people, you probably live in a city where there is one electric provider, one gas provider, etc. So the only control you have over your energy rates is through the moves you make in your everyday life. Here are some tips on ways you can control your energy rates.
Have an energy audit done
Most utility companies offer energy audits as a free or low-cost resource to their customers to find out ways they can save energy audit will look at things such as whether your home needs to be weatherized or whether you need more insulation. If you follow the recommendations from your energy audit, you could wind up saving quite a bit of money.
Install a programmable thermostat
One fairly easy way to take control of your energy rates is to take more control over your heating and cooling by installing a programmable thermostat. Such a thermostat allows you to set different temperatures at different times of day, which can reduce your energy use and save you money. For example, you might set the thermostat to raise the temperature during the day in the summer when you aren’t home and then gradually raise it to something more comfortable right before you get home.
Eliminate phantom energy use
Many devices in your home use small amounts of electricity even when they aren’t in use. For instance, chargers for personal electronic devices use small amounts of energy just by being plugged in. These small amounts can add up over time, so you can save money by unplugging these devices when they aren’t in use.
Change your light bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs last a lot longer than traditional light bulbs and also use a lot less energy. Though they cost more than traditional bulbs, you can usually recoup that cost within a year, and after that you will save considerable amounts of money for years to come.
Be smart about using appliances
Try not to use appliances that generate heat, such as your oven or clothes dryer, on hot summer days. Also be sure that you only operate appliances such as your clothes washer or dishwasher when you have full loads.
These are just a few of the ways you can take control of your energy rates. There are many more options to help you save money on your energy costs.