Lower the Electric Bill

Many people spend a lot of time asking others and their electric company: “how to lower my electric bill?” Leaving many more feeling angry and confused, when the answers don't seem easy or achievable.

In some cases a high energy bill may not even be your fault given where you live, the type of fuel your energy company uses and regulatory policies in your state.

Interestingly enough, the average electricity bill is $103.67, according to the U.S Energy Information Administration. But there are families paying much higher electric utility costs throughout the country.

 Thankfully though, there are things you can do TODAY to lower your energy bill.

  • Enroll in any energy saving programs available to you – Most electric companies now have energy saving programs which can provide you with monthly rebates, discounts and incentives. Many state electric companies have started to hire contractors to install special thermostats which allow you to program your cooling and heating to better save on costs. Rember to opt into any associated programs with your new elecrtic company thermostat and PROGRAM it to run at a lower or reduced rate when you aren't home.

  • Purchase energy saving appliances – These appliances can help you even get tax savings as well. Energy saving refrigerators, washers and dryers are efficient and can often help you lower your electric bills too.

  • Look for programs that help with utility bills – Get help with your electric bills first by contacting your electric company. Many times they have programs that can help, including averaging out your energy bill over the course of the year. The catch is that you'll responsible to pay any reminder overages at the end of the year. There are also federal programs which can provide help with the light bill. Many states in fact offer energy assistance programs. Contact your electric company and the public utility commission for further details on state energy relief programs you may even be able to get grants for solar energy in your home.

  • Fix poor insulation – Did you know that high energy bills can be contributed to lack of or no insulation and places like an attic. Your attack requires at least 12-15 inches of insulation to keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Again, if you need help with insulation you state can provide you with assistance.

  • Choose a cheap electric company In many states (listed below) where electricity deregulation has occurred, you can now choose a cheaper electric company. Contact an electricity broker or agent to help figure out how you can get a cheaper monthly electric bill if your light bill is too high.

 Below are states that allow you to choose your electric company for transmission and or distribution:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware

  • District of Columbia

  • Illinois

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Ohio

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • Texas

So know you have a better understanding regarding how to get a cheap electricity bill and you'll be more inclined to be able to answer someone asking YOU: "how to lower my electric bill?"