How We Reduced Our Electric Bill
If you are looking for a quick fix to your budget, this is not it. How we reduced our electric bill is a result of the joys of being a homeowner plus some savvy living.
Benjamin Franklin once said “If you watch your pennies the dollars will take care of themselves.” My uncle used to repeat this savvy advice often.
If I were to ask you which of your utility bills is the highest, your answer would most likely be the energy bill.
We are total electric which means it’s our only utility bill. Our home is just over 2,000 square feet of living space. We have taken some steps in the past to reduce our energy bill like this time we reduced our bill by 13% and of course we use these 7 Tips to Reduce Our Winter Energy Bill.
We purchased our home brand new in 2000. If you are a homeowner, you know the longer you live there, the better educated you will become on how to fix things! You need to make yourself knowledgeable about life spans of major appliances and things like that. Some of those lessons we learn the hard way.
It was the summer of 2015 when we realized our central unit wasn’t really producing cold air properly. Here in the deep south, summer heat can be brutal with our ferocious humidity. We called the repairman who diagnosed a leak and added some freon. Uh oh is right! The freon did not all leak back out until we got into the coldest part of the winter which by then was early 2016.
Always get three quotes. Do your homework on the brands and sizes they are recommending. Make yourself knowledgeable before you select the company you wish to use. Never go with the cheapest quote. Go with the one which is going to be the best quality product and provides the best service for your home and your families needs.
The lifespan of a central air conditioning unit is generally between 12-15 years. We used ours for 16 which was probably at least 2 years longer than we should have. According to Energy.gov “Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% off your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.”
Our new central unit was installed in mid March of 2016 so it has been almost a year now. The reduction in our monthly bill was evident from the very first bill. Spring and Fall we are paying close to $100 per month LESS. Winter and Summer it’s more like $50-$60 less. The new central unit is almost paying for itself. Yes, we do wish we had done it a year earlier. Lesson learned.
Our builder put cruddy recalled units in out neighborhood so we struggle with maintaining our so it wont die. Great tips to know Shirley. Sharing on G+ #MM
I didn’t realize buying new would make such a difference; we have always bought the best we could afford, taken good care of it, reapired when needed, & used it until it was dead as a doornail. I’m pushing for installing solar power so we could ditch the power bill altogether.
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