When it comes to saving money on your electric bill, you don’t have to go at it alone. Utility companies throughout the country are willing to help lower your bill by offering various products, services and rebates to ease the burden on your bank account. In fact, many utility companies offer rewards if your home meets certain criteria.
If you pay your power bill online, you have undoubtedly visited your utility company’s website. But have you ever really paid attention to the content they post online? Most likely, they offer a ton of tips on lowering your bill along with the ideas we’re about to present right now.
On-Demand Energy Management
Check with your utility company to determine if they offer “on-demand” response programs. Many companies offer bill credits for these types of programs.
An on-demand response program works as follows. The first step is to enroll high energy-consuming appliances into the programs. These appliances include water heaters, pool pumps and air-conditioner/heating systems.
During times of high energy usage, such as during the middle of scorching summer day, a communication will be sent to an enrolled appliance to cycle it off and on with the overall goal of reducing energy demand. The first type of devices to cycle off are pool pumps. Water heaters are next and then heating/cooling systems as a last resort. Most likely the latter won’t occur since the first two options usually relieve the demand issues.
High Bill Alerts
Wouldn’t it be great to know if you are using more electricity than normal and that your next bill could be significantly higher? Many utility companies have a service which sends out high bill alerts should you start consuming too much energy. These alerts are sent out before you receive your next bill which give you the opportunity to take appropriate steps to lower your usage before your final bill is calculated.
Home Energy Check
Many, if not most utility companies offer a free evaluation of your home’s energy efficiency. At the end of the inspection and evaluation, customers are presented with a custom report showing the following:
- Your current versus past energy usage.
- A free energy efficiency kit (such as an LED light bulb and a refrigerator thermometer).
- Tips to improve your energy efficiency.
- Recommendations for home improvements that will not only save you money but also add value to your home.
When choosing to make home improvements to increase energy efficiency, many utility companies will offer various amounts of rebates.
Low Income Home Improvement Services
Qualified low income customers can have their energy expenses reduced through the installation of energy saving and conservation measures in the place of residence. After an in-home assessment and inspection is made, the following types of services may be offered:
- Insulation installation.
- Repairs and tune-ups to cooling and heating systems.
- Finding and sealing air leaks.
- Replacing older, less energy-efficient lighting with newer energy-efficient bulbs.
Qualification for this type of program depends on the annual income of homeowners. If you’re earning below federal poverty guidelines, you should immediately consider contacting your utility company to find out if they have this type of service available for you.
In summary, your utility company is there to help you save money both now and in the future. So the next time you’re on their website to pay your bill, why not take a few moments to find out what products and services they have to offer.