Energy on a Budget!



Photo Courtesy of: Andrew Nusca

Whether you are a renter or a homeowner, you at least have one thing in common {with some exceptions}: paying your energy bill once a month. Do you have a limited budget? Or maybe you just don’t want to spend loads of cash on paying an energy bill.

Here are a few tips for lowering your energy bill without breaking the bank!

  1. Unplug it!

I am sure this isn’t new advice; in fact, you have probably heard it time and time again. We sometimes need to hear advice over and over before we actually do it! Unplug, unplug, unplug. Better yet, use a power strip and “unplug” several appliances at once.

  1. Time it!

Set up a timer for your lights…and use new bulbs. This tip is two for the price of one. Do you sometimes forget to turn off the lights when you leave a room or your home? Using a timer can eliminate overuse of lights by setting the timer to work with your routine.

As for bulbs, CFL bulbs may cost a little more upfront, but they will be more cost-effective in the long-run. Traditional halogen lights can play a role in a larger energy bill. In addition to replacing bulbs, if you have a light dimmer and a particular room can function with less light… let’s just say that lower light=lower bill!

  1. Plug it!

This may seem like opposite advice from tip #1, but I assure you, it is not counter-advice.  This tip is about leaks. This isn’t just advice for individuals living in older homes; don’t think that because you are in a newly built home you are safe. To save on heating and cooling costs, make sure to check around the house for any cracks where air is entering or escaping. These are easy fixes, check cracks or the gaps around windows, doorways or fireplaces.

There are seemingly endless ways to save on energy. Ultimately it is what works for you, your routine and your budget. Invest where you can and see your energy bill go down! Interested in finding out more or learning about resources to help you save? Come visit us at 570 South Ave on Monday, April 28th from 5-6pm. For more details call 585.325.4170.

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