Although you probably are not consuming more electricity than in the past, the multiple rate hikes have you considering whether you ought to fumble around more frequently in the dark rather than spending more money by turning on a light.
What if you could find a way to lower your energy cost, but not be in the dark? This starts with understanding where your energy is going. Usually, almost half of your power bill keeps the house warm in winter and cool in summer.
Although you might believe that is simply something with which you have to live, there are several actions that you can take to cut your expense. To start with, you can adjust the thermostat so that the air conditioner or the heater is not required to run as often.
The second step would be to find out why these appliances have to turn on so often. The temperature outside isn’t the main problem – rather it’s the treated air escaping from your home that causes your money loss.
Air can escape from lots of places in your home. Adding more insulation to your attic really affects the air loss because this is one of the areas where most of the energy is lost.
Look at the side of the house you can see. How about all those light and ceiling fan fixtures? Between the ceiling and those fixtures you can find small cracks, openings and grooves. Warmed or cooled air sneaks out this space a little at a time.
Around the wall switch plate of each room is another area within the home where leaks can occur that are often overlooked. Check out the wall switch plate in each room. Make a note of the number of switch plates that are in the room. Most interior rooms will have at least one wall switch plate near the entrance so that the lights can be turned on or off when entering or leaving a room.
Also take a look at the electrical outlets, sometimes there is a wall switch plate next to, or near the outlet. There could be a small space between the switch plate and the wall where air is getting out and creating a change in your energy bill.
Of course, if you take one single wall switch plate, there is not all that much air escaping, but if you account for 20 or 30 or so for the complete house, there is quite a bit of wasted energy. Fortunately, these are simple to repair by obtaining some rubber gaskets from your local home improvement store and positioning them behind the wall switch plates in order to retain the air where it belongs.
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