More so than any other monthly payment, your utility bills are likely the most important expenses in your life –other than what you pay for your home or apartment, of course. Still, without having this taken care of, there’s little benefit to having a physical residence other than it being a storage space for all the stuff you have acquired over the course of your life. How else would you be able to look at all your cool things without having the power to light them up?
Okay, I get it. So how can I save money on my electricity bill?
There are actually a number of ways you can lower this particular bill. Some are available through various programs through electricity companies and others will just mean lowering your actual energy use.
What kind of programs do you mean?
Most energy companies offer their customers a service where they can pay a reduced rate for their electricity costs. However, to receive this benefit, there are a few caveats that those looking for this assistance should be aware of. Don’t worry, they are not (really) invasive or anything, they just will be collecting information to determine your eligibility for a reduction in your costs.
I would also like to take this moment to inform you that I am not certain of this program being available from every electric company in the country since, obviously, I don’t live in every city in the United States.
How can I meet the requirements for reduced rates from the electric company?
There are a number of ways you can qualify for reduced rates from your electricity company, but most of them are by letting them know that you’re already receiving some kind of benefit from another organization. I know that by having Medicare A or B will often be enough to meet the requirements, as will certain government and private food assistance programs like WIC (Women, Infants and Children) or food stamps.
For those who don’t receive any of those kinds of benefits, you will also likely be able to submit a pay stub showing the amount that you make.
What tips do you have to lower my power consumption?
There are many different ways that you can use less electricity during your day without installing solar panels or some other environment technology, most of which just include being aware when certain things are on or off in your home:
- Completely power down your computer or laptop when going to bed
- Change out your heating and/or air conditioner filters at least every three months
- Speaking of temperature control, open more windows in the summer and let the breeze come through. In the winter, close all windows and doors then bundle up with a sweater or blanket (And a good book, too!)
- Don’t leave charging devices plugged in when not in use as they still draw power
- Not in a room right now? Turn the lights and devices off in it
Most of this might seem like common sense, but we often forget to take our energy bill into account when going about our days. Just be mindful of your consumption and keep that bill as low as possible.