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Tips to Lowering Your Energy Bill

As we head into the spring and summer months, one thing seems constant every year: higher utility bills! Struggling to keep your home at a cool and comfortable temperature can wreak havoc on you financially. Luckily, we have a few tips for keeping your Kansas City home cool and comfortable, while also keeping the cost under control.

Clean the vents regularly

Dirty vents can cost you a lot of money, in addition to potentially making you too hot or cold and creating an unhealthy environment in your home. Dirty vents means that air has a harder time getting out, and the dust and other particles that build up are bad for you to breathe, especially for children, seniors, and those with asthma. Regularly cleaning out your vents will instantly make your home more comfortable. The units will work better and you can keep your temperatures steadier. Moreover, you’ll reduce the amount of dust and dirt in the air, which is much healthier.

Check for insulation leaks

A big culprit to wasting energy involves air leaks in windows and doors around your home.  If you notice that heat seeps in during the summer or your house stays cold in the winter, they are probably your biggest problems. Make sure there aren’t any cracks and that everything shuts fully. You may even want to replace your doors with thicker, insulated ones. With central air or air conditioning units, making the machines work too hard can cause the units to freeze, making them worthless until they thaw.

Try to call and negotiate

As with many billing companies, you won’t get a discount unless you ask.  Many utility companies have different payment options. They also have fixed-billing plans. When you’re on a fixed plan, you pay a set amount of money each month, based on your average bill. If you go over that amount, you have to pay the difference. That may come at the end of the billing cycle or at the end of the year.

Use eco-friendly appliances

There are green refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers, among others. They aren’t too costly, and they make up for the price in terms of energy savings. If you came in with your own appliances and have the option to replace them, you should seriously consider it. Even if you can only replace one item at a time, it will benefit you in the long run. With most of these items, you’ll also save on your water bill.