Electric Bills And The Power You Have To Control Them

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Electric Bills And The Power You Have To Control Them

Electric billsWe all know that summer time is the time of year we dread opening our electric bills. I know it might not feel like it right now in parts of the country, but summer is right around the corner! When I moved to the south along the Gulf Coast 6 years ago, I learned to become very electric bill savvy. Meaning I looked for every way I could to lower that bill in the summer.

The first thing I would suggest is to call your electric company and ask them if they have a level pay plan. What they do is average out your electric bills for the last 12 months. That average is what you will pay each month for the next 12 months. At the end of the next 12 months, they average it again and give you a monthly bill amount for the next months. This would happen each year.

We got on the level pay plan with our electric provider a year ago. It was easy, and only took a few minutes. By doing this, we are also saving about $400 each year on our bills! The BEST part of these programs is you can budget your bill for each month knowing it will never change month to month. This part was a lifesaver for us since we could have $80 bills in winter months, then jump to close to $300 bills for the summer months.

Some companies will also come to your house and do a power savings analysis for you. The best way to find out if your electric company offers this service is to call and just ask them. In any case, when you’re looking for a new electric company, you should always check the reviews of any potential company, like these Green Mountain Energy reviews, to see what people say about them before making your decision.

Another program I just found out about and this is one you WILL want to call your electric company to inquire about. If your electric provider offers this, you can receive discounts on your electric bills just by letting them “cycle” when it is EXTREMELY hot and the power grids are working to the max. See the image below for a few more details.


The are many other ways of cutting those high summer electric bills…
  • Solar screens

A Solar Screen is a special window screen mesh that is specially designed for Sun Control. It is the most effective way to control the sun’s heat and glare by stopping it before it enters your window. It is an initial investment up front, but the savings on your electric bills more than pay for that initial up front expense. Call your local screen company, and they will come out, measure your windows and give an estimate. Super easy and well worth it!

  • Change the filters

Change the filters in your AC monthly. This keeps it clean and running more efficiently. However, if your air conditioner is older than 10-15 years, it is better to get a new one. Expert electricians recommend that upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current air conditioner is 10 or more years old. It might seem costly, but at a long run, replacing your AC is the best thing to do.

Have you heard the phrase, “grass is greener on the other side?” If at all we are in a cold place, we prefer a hot weather and vice versa. However, no one likes to come back to a hot, stuffy home after a long day of work. People might always prefer to chill in a cold environment. Make sure your AC Repair services are up to date, particularly if you live in a mildly hot area.

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  • Invest in sun blocking curtains

During those hot summer months, especially if you are in the south like me, invest in a set of dark, sun blocking curtain panels. These will help keep the direct sun out and the cool AC in.

  • Turn the thermostat up a little when you are not home

Whether you are at work all day or if you go on a vacation, there is no need to cool the house when nobody is home. If you have done any of the other tips like sun blocking curtains, or solar screens, you will be keeping the sun’s heat out of the house even if the thermostat is turned up a little.

  • Dim those lights

If you are home during the day, there is no need to have all the lights on all day and at their brightest. Dim the lights some or turn off all together if unnecessary.

  • Unplug any appliances not in use

I know it is a habit to just leave things plugged all the time, but in the summer months when your AC is sometimes running at full strength, save money in other places. Regular air conditioner repair is also a smart idea because it can help you save money on your electricity bill. If you’ve any doubts regarding how the maintenance should be done, head to the No Problem Heating and Cooling site and hire a technician so that you get the answers for all your queries. Unplug the appliances you are not using. All appliances use electricity even when off, but plugged in.

  • Only use oven in early morning or late evening

Don’t use the oven during the middle part of the day. All the oven does is create heat and will make your AC run more. Bake that casserole in the morning and heat up for dinner that night. Bake that cake at night when the sun goes down.

These are just a few of the things I do each summer to combat those outrageous electric bills. How do you keep your bills down in the summer time?


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  1. Good idea’s. I like the baking in the morning idea.

  2. How are you saving $400 a year by being on a budget? Were you late on payments and getting some kind of late charges or something? I am a firm believer in keeping my money in the bank and earning some interest while paying bills in full as they come. I save and have the money in the bank to cover the bills. Does your company offer a discount for a payment plan? If so do most? Maybe I should look into this if there is money to be saved by simply being on a budget billing?

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