If you’re like most homeowners, you’re constantly looking for ways to cut your monthly expenses in half. You shop for store brand products now, you’ve cut out eating out, and you’ve ended those monthly subscriptions to places and things you don’t use. And after all of that, it’s still not quite putting you where you want to be financially.
So what are you supposed to do? Well, you just have to keep on looking for other areas where you can save.
Many people will make changes in all areas of their budget except look at their energy bill. For some reason, people tend to think that like rent and mortgage, they can’t change their energy bill, and that’s just not the case anymore. There once was a time where you could only stick to your traditional electricity provider but since the deregulation of energy occurred, consumers now have the freedom to choose power from alternative electricity suppliers.
Alternative electricity is electricity generated from renewable resources instead of fossil duels, which pollute the environment. Unfortunately, people aren’t educated and aware of this freedom to switch. By making this switch, it could be the financial saviour you’ve been looking for.
Because people are unaware of this method to reduce energy bills, people have taken to some pretty unconventional methods to reduce their energy bills. To be fair, these methods do indeed work in reducing you energy bill, but they’re certainly on the extreme side of things and many people wouldn’t attempt to try these methods.
But sometimes you have to do what you have to do, even if it’s tedious or time-consuming. Take a look at some of the strangest things people do to cut down their energy bills.
During the cold winter months, your energy bill will go up when you turn the heat on and it can skyrocket depending on what you put the temperature on. Heating your home with your oven won’t use nearly as much energy as turning on the heat.
That’s not saying to just turn your oven up on high and leave the door open or anything like that, but if you happen to bake anything, you can leave your oven door open when you’ve turned the oven off. And you know how hot your house can get when you put anything in the oven... People just use this as an opportunity to turn off their thermostat and use the oven as a heating source.
The reality behind this theory is that you don’t have to turn your thermostat to 85 degrees to get your house warm. Based on what the temperature is outside, your thermostat only needs to be a few degrees higher than the outside temp to make your house feel warm. Ultimately, energy bills become expensive because people don’t know the tricks and trades of the thermostat.
If you lower your thermostat by just one degree, you can save 10% per year on your energy bill. So layer up and turn your thermostat as low as you can stand it and watch the savings come in. that just goes to show you that you can indeed cut costs with appliance usage.
You know when you’re running the water for your shower, and the water isn’t immediately hot, you wait until the water gets hot before turn the shower on? Well, doing that wastes water. Instead of running that water and letting it go down the drain, grab a 5-gallon bucket and collect that cold water. You can use it for cooking or for your garden.
Sometimes people want to make their homes more energy-efficient with solar panels but they’re not the most affordable route to take, so what do people do? They paint their roof white. This may not be the most aesthetically pleasing thing to do to your home but it’s certainly energy-efficient. The color white reflects the sunlight, making your home hold less heat, which will reduce your need to turn on the thermostat.
Why use your washing machine when you can wash your clothes in your bath tub? This particular method is tedious and requires quite a bit of elbow grease but still very possible, and you’ll be able to get more clothes clean than your standard-sized washing machine. You would simply run cold bath water, dump your clothes and washing powders in, and wash them in the same motion and manner that the washing machine does.