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10 ways to reduce your power bill: use solar power

10 ways to reduce your power bill: use solar power

The most ideal approach to begin saving money on your power costs is to get savvy with how you use power. There are numerous different things you can do to really keep your energy charges down.

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Our top 10 ways incorporate some straightforward tips to help you save energy regardless of what season. Fortunately, the sun offers a dependable and reasonable alternative source of power: solar power.

When a homeowner decides to switch to solar power, the electricity they need to power their home will come from the energy delivered by their solar panels.

And since the sun uninhibitedly exists and is limitless, it may very well be utilised and used to accommodate our everyday power needs.

Unplug appliances when not in use

Aside from being able to save on electricity charges, another benefit of unplugging your appliances when not in use is the protection from power surges. It also helps to make your appliances last longer.

Use energy efficient appliances

Using and doing energy-efficient appliances and practices in your home is seen to lessen your yearly electricity bill by somewhere in the range of 5 to 30%. These appliances and practices help you save on your water bill as well.

Conserve water: Turn water off when not in use

Save water to save energy. Simple practices such as using a glass instead of running water when brushing your teeth help greatly in conserving water.

Use LED light bulbs

According to studies. LED light bulbs use at least 75% less energy, making them more energy-efficient and they last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

Use natural light

Open your windows and drapes! Allow the rays of the sun and its brightness to be your light source whenever you can. If possible during the planning stages of your house, position your windows in such a way that it allows more sunlight to pass through more areas and corners in your home.

Use solar power

Utilising solar power as opposed to solely relying on a utility company alone can help you cut your electricity bill by up to 50% each month.

These solar panels harness the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity.

Still unsure to go solar? Here are some benefits you can have from using an off-grid solar power system.

Avoid power outages.  You’ll need a battery bank to store your excess power, so you never run out of electricity when your solar panels or wind turbines aren’t generating power.

If your panels are large enough, they might just be able to power your whole house. Using the sun as an energy source is free, so you’d only have to pay for electricity when the sun’s not out for a while, during thunderstorms and torrential rains.

Insulate your home properly

Aside from using solar power, another use of the sun’s energy is utilising it to dry clothes. Using the clothesline to dry your clothes instead of constantly relying on the dryer can save you more than $25 a year on your power bill. It also helps preserve the quality of your clothes as it’s more gentle than the dryer’s tumbling and tossing.

Turn off the AC or use a smart thermostat

By turning your air conditioner off while you’re away, you’re already a step ahead in conserving energy and you’ll most definitely see the change in your future bills. Meanwhile, using smart thermostats that can detect when you’re home could also be of use so it can turn down the climate control and save energy when you’re away.

Do a regular energy audit for your home

Try to keep a tab of your electricity expenses and regularly do an energy audit for your home so you can track your energy usage and adjust accordingly. And it’s not too late to consider using solar power in your home. Not only can you help lessen your carbon footprint, but you can also significantly reduce your energy consumption.

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