This Is Why Your Energy Bill Is High

Since the temperature is in the chilly degrees (even in Florida), I’d say it’s time to tackle the dreaded energy bill. It’s easy for a two-bedroom apartment’s electric bill to range from $80 to $150, and I’m sharing some simple tips on how to keep your bill low no matter how hot or cold it is.

You’re not setting the AC on a schedule

If your thermostat is anything like mine, you can actually set it on a schedule to change to different temperatures at certain times of the day. For example, during the hotter months: Aug. to Sept. I’ll set it to 78 for 6 a.m. and have it switch to 74 around 10 p.m. or whenever I go to sleep. Sometimes, I’ll manually change it to 77 if I’m too warm. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can set little sticky note reminders on your front door or wherever you’ll definitely see them, and you can remind yourself to change the temperature before you leave everyday and change it back when you come home and go to sleep.

You’re not turning up the AC or completely off when you leave home

I know it’s tempting to keep your AC set high during the warmer days and have your heater running during the colder ones, but whenever you leave your house, try to remind yourself to set your thermostat appropriately, so that you’re not running it when no one is home to enjoy it.

You’re using the AC when you could open the window

Even though I live in Florida and am used to the nice warm and equally blazing hot weather, I’m like a child on Christmas when the temperature drops low enough where I can turn off my thermostat and open the windows for some free AC. If your house has windows that open use them to your advantage to cool down your living areas. I keep my bedroom window cracked, so just enough cool air comes in to keep me nice and cozy under my blankets.

You’re using the heater when you have a fireplace

On the flip side, when the weather is too cold, you can keep your heater off by using your fireplace. Sometimes you can even find free firewood nearby or just buy some, either way, you’ll be saving money by not running that heater all day long.

You’re leaving lights and fans on when you’re not home

Ceiling fans are something people often forget about because they’re on in most rooms at all times, but try to remember to turn them off when you’re not in the room. It might be only be a small change, but it’s an easy one to start doing.

You’re not unplugging your electronics when you go on trips

Doing so won’t affect your bill too much, but if you’re going on a trip for a week or more, it’s worth turning off all your electronics and unplugging them. It will also keep them from frying in case of a power outage.

Those are just a few of my go-to tips to keep my energy bill low. What are some of yours?