These days, almost all Texas residents want to find ways to reduce their energy costs. While either your building’s management company or landlord will be responsible for the energy efficiency of your residence, you still have some measures available to you that you can take to reduce your monthly energy bill. That’s where pay-as-you-go electricity plans come into the picture.
The power for your electronics will most likely make up a large part of your energy bill. When you think about all of the power that those laptops, televisions, and smartphones use, the amount of energy usage can eat a hole in your pocket if you’re not careful. If you have a power strip, use that for your devices. When you switch off the strip, there won’t be any standby draw from your family’s devices. Not only does this save you money, but you protect you and your family from power surges.
When you’re not using your laptops, either turn them off or place them in sleep mode. It’s a myth that turning off your computer harms it. If you don’t work to save energy, your electronics alone could cost you 20 percent of your electricity bill.
You can also save money by leveraging new lighting technology that can reduce electricity usage by up to 75 percent. Use an energy efficient bulb such as compact fluorescent bulbs in your home. These bulbs use one quarter of the energy that the old incandescent variety does. To save even more money on your prepaid energy bill, install a timer that limits the amount of time your lights are turned on in a room.
Some other ways that you can conserve energy in your apartment or home includes some of the following tips:
You should never use an extension cord as a permanent electricity solution. Use them only with portable appliances and plug them into the correct receptacles, adapters, or power taps. Ensure that any extension cord you use doesn’t have any visible damage such as splices. Only pair three-pronged extension cords with appliances that come with matching plugs.
If your apartment or home has older wiring, it may not be able to work with the demand of modern day appliances. When an appliance you use constantly trips off the electricity, disconnect the appliance at once and call your landlord to fix the issue.
When using electricity in your apartment or home, keep the following tips in mind:
Summary: Prepaid electricity plans sound great, but how do you save money on your bill? This article offers you tips on saving energy as well as safety measures that will keep you out of danger and help you save money, too.
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