With the –Ber months slowly creeping in towards the Christmas season, electric bills also begin skyrocketing, what with the Christmas lights and lanterns that adorn every nook and cranny of your home. Atop saving your money for gifts, feasts and all the festivities that are about to come, electric bills take way more space in every home’s budget than they should.
So to help you reduce your electric bill and save more energy here are five surprisingly easy ways you can cut back on your electricity consumption:
Upgrade Your Appliances
Nowadays, more people are becoming increasingly conscious about energy consumption and protecting the environment, the need for more energy-efficient appliances is emphasized. In fact, in the US, a number of local governments offer financial incentives for homeowners to update their appliances.
There are, for instance, television sets that are not only built to last but also consume less energy such as the TCL 50″ B2800 which makes use of the Natural Light Engine II Technology without sacrificing HD display and contrast ratios. Think about it, you can still save money as well as energy and enjoy a top notch viewing experience!
Unplug your Electric Appliances When Not in Use
What most people fail to realize when it comes to energy consumption is that a big chunk of the utility and electric bills account for those appliances that were left plugged and running over night. It’s a common mistake that everyone commits once in a while. That’s why it’s a good idea to conduct nightly energy sweeps to make sure you didn’t forget to unplug your appliances.
Have your AC checked up annually
The air conditioner is by far the biggest energy consumer in your household. In fact, it can be responsible for as much as half of your electric bill especially during summer. AC’s consume even more energy when they’re not running properly which may be caused by dirty filters and faulty hardware. So remember to get your AC checked yearly to make sure it’s at its most efficient.
Get Sold on Solar!
If you’re really fed up on paying way too much for your energy consumption each month, supplement your energy source with solar panels. Solar panels may be quite expensive to purchase but they’re sure to save you more money in the long run.
Design Your Interior for Comfort
Since the Philippines is a tropical country, it can be pretty warm throughout the first half of the year or more, giving consumers another opportunity to get the AC running and guzzle on electricity. Sometimes however, it doesn’t take anything more than a simple room rearrangement and functional interior design ideas to solve this problem. For instance, putting up drapes and placing plants on strategic parts of a room help keep a room cool and fresh.