Electricity powers your lights, makes it possible to cook at home, and keeps your home cool in the heat of summer. Without it, life would be pretty challenging -- but that doesn't mean you need to pay out the nose for service. Are you paying too much for your electric bill? Here are some tips to help you save.
Look Into Alternative Providers
Did you realize that you don't have to buy electricity through any standard utility provider? Many state utility markets have been deregulated, which means that you have the right to choose your electricity provider. Switching to an alternative energy supplier, like Frontier Utilities, can help you save.
Many alternative energy providers allow you to pre-pay for electricity, which ensures you know exactly what you are getting for your money. There are no surprises at the end of the month when your bill comes. If you sign up for a 12-month or 24-month plan, you may even get a lower, discounted rate (or a gift card!). Plus, alternative energy providers like Frontier Utilities offer earth-friendly/green plans, so you can feel good about your electricity purchase.
Upgrade Your Appliances
It's remarkable how much more electricity older, outdated appliances use in comparison to new, efficient appliances. If you have an older freezer and/or air conditioner, you are probably paying too much for your electric bill. Look into replacing your appliances with Energy Star approved models. You may even be eligible for some tax deductions for making these "green" updates.
If you have several appliances that need updating, start slow. Plan on replacing one per year, and before you know it, you'll have a much more efficient home.
Concentrate On Day-to-Day Use
Small daily habits add up to have a huge impact on your electricity bill. Pay attention to the small things you do each day, and take some small steps to reduce your usage. Some simple things you can do include:
- Turning your thermostat up a few degrees in the summer
- Cooking several dishes at once rather than leaving the oven on for hours at a time
- Opening the curtains to let in more natural light, enabling you to turn off artificial lights
With the availability of affordable, alternative energy providers, there's no reason to over-pay for electricity. To learn more about the green energy provided by Frontier Utilities, check out our post "What Exactly Is Green Energy: 4 Facts to Know."