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3 Ways To Save Money On Your Electric Bill

Has your electric bill been really expensive lately? If so, here are a few money saving tips that you may want to consider trying. 

1. Unplug Your Chargers

It can be easy to forget that cell phone and laptop chargers still draw power even when they are not plugged in to these devices. As soon as your device is charged up, you should immediately unplug your charger from the wall outlet. 

2. Upgrade Your Appliances 

Is your oven, dishwasher, or refrigerator more than 10 to 15 years old? If so, then it may be in your best interest to replace one or more of these appliances with brand new ones.

Although it will of course require an initial investment, you will actually end up saving quite a bit of money. The reason for this is that the newer appliances are designed to be much more energy efficient than the older ones. 

3.  Block The Sun's Rays 

Blocking the amount of the sun's rays that enter your home is a great way to reduce the cost of your electric bill. This is due to the fact that your home will feel cooler so you won't feel the need to run your air conditioner as frequently as usual.

There are many ways to accomplish this. You can install blinds or window film on your home's windows. This will help limit the amount of radiant heat that comes into your home. You may also want to instill awnings around the outside walls of your home. Planting trees or shrubs in your yard is also an excellent way to help keep your home feeling nice and cool.

Thinking about repainting the exterior of your home? If so, you should make sure that you use lighter colors. Darker colors absorb more heat, which is why using lighter colors of paint for your home's exterior is definitely the way to go.

For the same reasons, it's also best to go with light colored roof shingles rather than dark ones. Also, light colored shingles often cost right around the same amount of money as dark shingles. In comparison to more traditional dark roofs, light colored roofs tend to have a more stylish and modern look to them.

There's no doubt that having to deal with a costly electric bill can be very stressful. Fortunately though, trying even just one or two of these tips should help make this particular bill much more affordable for you. For more tips on saving money on your electrical bill, consider talking to your electrical contractor.