5 Easy Ways For Senior Citizens To Save On Their Energy Bills

by Diane Barnes

Senior citizens spend a lot of their time at their home. Many are on a fixed income, which means it is important to keep an eye on monthly expenses. This includes electricity usage. Here are a few tips to help senior citizens save on their home electricity use:

1. Turn off or unplug electronics.

Believe it or not, electronics can still be drawing power even when they are in standby mode and appear to be turned off. When you aren't using a device, it should be unplugged to avoid the usage of unnecessary electricity. Alternatively, you can use a power strip, also known as a power bar. It allows multiple devices to be plugged into and comes with a switch that can easily be pushed to cut the power to all the devices that are plugged into it.

2. Make use of the sunlight.

Rather than cranking up your heater, move your favorite chair over to the window. If you can't move it yourself, then get the help of a relative, friend or neighbor. This is a great way to stay warm without paying a dime.

3. Consider motion sensor lights.

Motion sensor lights are not only for exterior safety, as they can also be used inside. In fact, they are typically relatively inexpensive. They will automatically switch on and off when you enter and leave a room, which means you don't have to remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room. These lights are also ideal for stairways and hallways where light switches aren't as handy for increased safety.

4. Opt for smaller appliances when cooking.

Depending on your circumstances, you are probably only cooking for yourself and maybe one other person. Rather than firing up your oven or stove for a small meal, consider using the toaster oven or microwave. It will use less energy and will also save time and effort on your part. If you have leftovers, don't forget to freeze them for later.

5. Don't forget routine maintenance.

Although you may not be able to climb up on a ladder or make HVAC repairs yourself any longer, it doesn't mean that it doesn't still need to be done. From routine check-ups and the changing of your air filter every three months, it is crucial that this preventative maintenance is done to ensure that your HVAC system continues to run smoothly and efficiently. Otherwise, you'll find that you spend more on your energy bill each month. Plus, clean filters can help keep pollen and dust out of the house and keep your allergy symptoms at bay.

If there is anything electrical in your home that you cannot maintain on your own, then you need to contact a professional electrician. No matter how small of a project it is, if you don't feel comfortable doing it, don't do it. The last thing you want is to put your life in danger. After all, that's why residential electrical services, like Dunedin Electric, exist.  

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