If you’re looking to give your budget some help, don’t forget about addressing some of those recurring payments you’re making. Your electricity is a great example of how you can make small changes that will really add up over time.
While CFL bulbs are still relatively expensive upfront, there’s no debating that they’re far more affordable than your traditional, incandescent option over time. Not only are they good for 10,000 hours worth of light, they only cost about $10.40 to power over that time period. In comparison, it would cost you roughly $48 with an incandescent light bulb to do the same. Now multiply that by every light in your home.
Motion sensors are a great addition to your home for many reasons. One is that they provide you with an added level of security. However, on top of that, it saves on your electricity bill too. If someone is stirring outside, you want your lights on and a motion sensor will ensure that happens. But if no one is on your property, you don’t need lights, which mean you can save on your electricity bill by having sensors keep them off.
Over time, you’ll probably look to replace your appliances like most homeowners. When you do so, be sure to pick out those that sport the Energy Star label. This ensures that your new appliance will do its job just as well as any other, but at much greater efficiency. According to the people at Energy Star, buying their products can cut your utility bill by 30% over the course of a year.
So don’t forget that your utility bill isn’t a fixed number. While turning off lights when you leave a room and not leaving the heat or air on can help, don’t forget about the above options too.