Lowering Your Monthly Electricity Consumption Using a Home Solar Panel
Total yearly U.S. electricity consumption has increased significantly in all but 9 years between 1950 and2019 and 4 of the past decade with year-over-decade increases happened between 2021. The largest increase in total electricity consumption has been in the states of Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Chicago, Illinois, from the current generation of energy consumers. The largest percentage increase has been in the Northeast, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the nation’s total yearly electricity consumption growth.
To keep up with electricity consumption growth or lag,
it is necessary to implement a long-term strategy that can be done by individuals, families, businesses, or governments. If you live in one of these areas, you should get started as soon as possible by searching by your state, federal, or local government websites to find the Electricity Quality Commission (EQC) website. From this site, you will be able to search for your home area, electric company, or consumer bill to find the best plan of action you can take to help lower your electricity consumption now and down the road.
By finding the website of your local power utility,
you will be able to find out what their current electricity usage rates are. You can also request a current energy usage rate from your electric meter. These online tools will also show you how much money your electric meter could potentially save each month if you changed your energy consumption habits to reduce your electricity bill. Using these tools, you can begin to determine what steps you can take to reduce your electricity usage now to save money in the future.
In many areas across the United States,
residential energy plans are being implemented to reduce the amount of electricity consumption. The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Act or EERE Act were passed in 2021 by the United States Congress to decrease the national average electricity price. For every unit of energy, the cost of electricity increases by approximately ten cents. If the cost continues to increase at this rate, the cost of electricity for residential customers can become unprofitable over time. Luckily, there are many steps homeowners can take to reduce their monthly electricity consumption costs.
One of the most important things to do
to reduce electricity consumption costs is to convert some of your appliances to energy-saving appliances. Many household appliances consume an incredibly large amount of kilowatt-hours per month. To use as little energy as possible while still having sufficient energy for daily use, energy-efficient appliances that consume less energy are recommended. A refrigerator that only consumes three kilowatt-hours each day will not last long due to the high energy usage. Many families have several small electric appliances that consume large amounts of power.
When it comes time to switch your energy supplier,
it is best to talk with your current utility company to find out if they offer a program that offers incentives for switching. Often, your current utility company will offer a reduced price on your next bill if you agree to pay for the cost of switching. You should always ask your current meter reader about any program they may have in place with their company. If you do decide to switch, be sure to look over all of your current meters carefully. Most energy suppliers will change the meter type and number on your meter at any given time.