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Useful Tips to Decrease Your Energy Bill

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Tips to Conserve Energy in your Biloxi, MS Home 

As the COVID-19 pandemic calm down. Several States are slowly reopening their cities back up. For example, Biloxi, MS, is opening their amusement and water parks for its residents. During the beginning phases of the guidelines passed from the Center for Disease Control, they encouraged self-quarantine. During that time, though, I’m sure you’ve noticed your Electricity Bill has risen a bit due to using your lights a lot more than usual. Below are some tips you can utilize to save money and decrease your next energy bill.

Take Advantage of your Dishwasher

Did you know that though some Dishwashers use electricity? You can use your Dishwashers to expel less energy, save more money, water and time, and it’s more convenient than hand washing your dishes. 

According to ConsumerReports.org, today’s dishwashers use about half the water and energy that dishwashers used 20 years ago, and water usage is down to about 4 to 6 gallons per load, meaning less water means equals less energy required to heat the water.

LET YOUR DISHES AIR DRY

Down south in the Biloxi, MS summer heat. The practice of Air Drying your dishes is the perfect way to save money on your energy bill. Just open your back door and let the sun rays evaporate the water on your dishes.

But, if you still prefer to use the dishwasher, some have an air-dry setting, using this will reduce your dishwasher’s energy use from 15 to 50 percent.

CAN’T STAND THE HEAT? USE A FAN

If you reside in an area where the summers are hotter than fresh coffee, consider using your ceiling fan before touching the thermostat. It can cool the room by as much as 10 degrees and uses just 10 percent of the energy that your central air conditioning does.

INVEST IN SMART BULBS

If you didn’t know, a smart bulb is a type of LED lighting. The smart bulb uses at the most 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than standard incandescent lighting. Which I consider an excellent long-term investment.

USE MOTION DETECTION LIGHTS

Do you have children who consistently forgets to cut lights off once they leave the room or know someone who always leaves the light on and never cuts them off once they leave a room. I recommend you buy motion detectors for your rooms. 

They turn on once it detects movement in the room and then turns off when no motion is detected.

USE STANDBY MODE ON ELECTRONICS

Most Electronics in the 21st century have Standby Mode, which means your phone, computer, game console, and other electronic equipment are kept readily available in the event of an unexpected failure. Additionally, by using this mode, you are saving more money than leaving them on. A note to remember is that Standby Mode uses a substantial amount of electricity. Electronics on standby mode account for 10 percent or more of your electricity bill.

Keep a Clean Dryer and Wash Cold

Did you know dryers use approximately 6 percent of a home’s total electricity usage? By keeping your dryer clean, you can help it work more efficiently. A tip is after each round of drying; if you can get into the habit of cleaning the lint tray, it will make a big difference. 

Another tip is to start using the cold setting when washing laundry because around 90 percent of the electricity to wash a load goes toward heating the water. 

Another benefit is that washing clothes in cold water can save you an estimated $63 a year on your electricity bill. 

Upgrade your laundry room

If your goal is to save money on your energy bill. Using older appliances is not the best way to go because they are not as energy efficient as modern ones. Energy Star, a program run by the Environmental Protection Agency, estimated that, on average, a washer used for over ten years could cost you around $190 a year, which in ten years will equal out to $1,900.

Change your shower head

Switching your showerhead to a low-flow showerhead and practicing the ten-minute shower method will save you five gallons of water compared to taking a bath, and it saves up to $145 each year.

CHECK YOUR AIR DUCTS

The air ducts in your home could be why your energy bill is draining money right out of your pocket. If you pay attention to your air ducts, you may notice holes, clogs, and leaks, which can consume close to 20 percent of the Air Conditioner and Furnace’s efficiency. 

ADD ROOF INSULATION

 According to Mississippi Power, using roof insulation is one of the most cost-effective energy conservation measures available and can regulate your home temperature.

CONCLUSION

Your Energy Bills will rise or fall based on your energy use. You may not be able to convert your whole home to solar power, but by using these tips, you can be sure you are on your way to a lower energy bill.

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