Three Tips to Lower Your Utility Bill

There are many ways to save money on your electricity bill. Everything helps, so it is best to look at every usage of power in your home, and attempt to reduce your consumption. The following are three tips to get you started.

Avoid using unnecessary electrical appliances
The electrical appliances in your kitchen can be a great convenience, but the truth is that many of them are luxuries. A perfect example is an electric can opener. They’re quick and easy to use, but a hand turned can opener only takes a few seconds longer, and if you invest in a good one, they don’t take a lot of physical effort. Not using your electrical can opener cuts back on electricity usage and helps you live a greener life. What applies to a can opener also applies to a an electric cutting knife. It is better to invest in a sharp kitchen knife, and cut your meat by hand.

Keep electronic devices unplugged
When you have your electronic devices turned off, they are still drawing small amounts of power. The amount of electricity that is being used for a single device in a short period of time is not much, but keep in mind that these devices are always plugged in, so they are draining a small amount of power 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Add to this the number of devices in your home, and it can add up to a significant amount of power. When possible, unplug your electronics. Examples include DVD players, computer printers and video game consoles.

Use your dryer less or not at all
Long before dryers were invented, people would hang their clothes out to dry. Using a clothes line to hang dry clothes is something to consider if you live in a house with enough yard to install a clothes line. Dryers use a lot of power, and even letting your clothes hang dry on occasion will save money on your utility bill. At the very least you should avoid using the dryer for a small load or a couple of items. Small, clothes drying racks for indoor use are available for those times when the weather outdoors is not ideal for drying clothes.

The ideas listed above only scratch the surface of the possibilities to reduce your utility bill. However, one underlying factor is that you need to get the best deal on your power. In Texas, where power is sold in a competitive market, you can learn more about pricing at a comparison website for Texas energy providers.

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