Saving money on your electric bill is easy when you know a few simple steps! From a home audit to choosing an energy supplier, there’s easy ways to save money everyday. Check out these 5 Secrets to Saving Money On your Electric Bill to having a more energy efficient home and saving money in no time!
1.Home Audit – Give your home an energy audit. Where are you using energy, where is it lost and where can it be saved? You can do this yourself or have hire a professional. Either way, it’s a good first step at seeing where you can improve. Some simple tips involve checking your home for leaks and repairing, checking that insulation is intact or if it needs added to attics or crawlspaces, and inspecting your heating and cooling equipment to make sure it’s running efficiently.
2.Reduce Electric Use – Simple tips like turning off lights, changing out lightbulbs, and putting electronics into stand-by mode when not in use can save on energy, easily! Consider buying a programable thermostat that you can set to reduce use during the day when you’re gone – it will run less and save you money!
3.Buy Energy Efficient Appliances – Buying appliances that have an excellent Energy Star rating can really help! If you think you’re saving money by not buying a new appliance, think again! Old appliances are less energy efficient and draw more electric. Buying one of the new Energy Star appliances will actually save you money in the long run!
4.Unplug Unused Electronics – Even if you aren’t using a device, it can still pull energy. Make sure to unplug devices from the wall when not in use. CD players, gaming systems, and even toaster ovens can pull “phantom” electricity when plugged in. Unplug any electronics you’re not going to be using to save!
5.Buy Electric From An Energy Supplier – This may seem like a new concept but it’s available most everywhere! Energy Choice is a program approved in certain states where customers are able to purchase electricity and natural gas from an independent energy supplier – these are considered “deregulated states.” Traditionally electric and natural gas consumers did not have a choice as to who supplied their energy; the local utility served all the residents within that territory. Today, however, Energy Choice programs allow eligible customers to shop around and choose an electric/natural gas supplier that best suits their needs. See below for more info! *
Why buy energy from a supplier vs. a utility? Just like you choose to purchase the latest Smartphone from Apple.com or Target.com and the U.S. Postal Service delivers it to your home, in a deregulated market, you can choose an independent supplier (like IGS Energy) to purchase natural gas and electric supply products on the open market, deliver it to your utility, and your utility delivers it to your home (or business). Learn more about energy choice and deregulation.
You may also choose to remain with the utility whose rate often fluctuates with market conditions – meaning their rates are variable and move up and down at various times of the year. The benefit of an independent supplier like IGS Energy is that you can lock in rates at today’s low rates for the longer team and have the peace of mind that if rates jump around, yours remains steady. Suppliers are also able to offer other options such as longer-term fixed rates, flat bills, or green energy products. Serving over one million customers, IGS Energy is one of the largest independent suppliers of natural gas and electricity in the country. They also offer a wide range of home protection products to help customers protect their budgets against costly repairs of the utility lines that keep their home running smoothly, that most people don’t know are their own responsibility.
IGS Energy has more than 1,000,000 residential and commercial customers in 10 states that offers natural gas, electricity and home protection. With lots of product options you can chose to lock in a fixed rate for a time period that works for you, go green with green energy options, flat bill products allow for a single price each month for energy supply, hybrid products allow for customers to lock in when the rate is more volatile and then switch to a variable rate when the market lowers when demand is down, etc. to take advantage of market lows. This is really great for your budgeting each month. PLUS you could save money!
IGS Energy works with your local utility as part of the utility’s customer choice program and is not in direct competition with them and IGS Companies community support and are involved in the communities where they serve! Check out IGS Energy for all of your options and if using an Energy Supplier is for you!