When making improvements to your home, it’s important to know if those changes are going to have an impact on your electric bill. Should you focus on things like replacing your kitchen floor, or should you make improvements to the windows, doors and other energy loosing elements of the home.
As I was making the plans for my home renovations, it took me a while to decide exactly where to start. As much as I wanted to gut my bedroom and make it what I really wanted it to be, I knew that there were other areas of the home that needed my attention before the paint in my bedroom did.
I began looking into how much I could save on my electricity bill if I was to replace the windows. Knowing that the windows were the original windows installed back in 1957, I knew that they were costing me a small fortune each winter because they allowed all of the heat in my home to escape.
While looking into energy saving improvements that I could make to my house, I also began looking into other ways to save on the cost of electricity. This was a big expenditure in my home because everything is run by electricity. During the winter, it was not uncommon for one month’s electricity usage to cost me more than a thousand dollars.
I found out that I was not getting my electricity from a provider with the best rates for my area. When I had signed on with the provider, they did have great rates, but after my contract ran out, the rates doubled. This meant that not only was my house not efficient, but I was not getting my electricity through the most efficient means either.
Taking the time and learning what will save you the most when it comes to your electricity bill will help you over the next many years. Do it, and your time will be well spent.