For our final blog in this series, we are going to leave you with a few thoughts that might help you save even more over time. When thinking about your energy cost overall, understanding how our energy is measured is extremely important for any consumer. The differences in watts, kilowatts, and kilowatts per hour can really help you when assessing what your energy needs are, and how you are using the energy you’re paying for. Even still, understanding peak times of energy consumption and production can have a huge effect on your bill, and you can use tools like Power Averages to find out how and when you are using that power.
Here’s some other thoughts you should consider:
- Utility prices change all the time. This is an unfortunate fact of utility billing, and it rarely works in favor of the consumer. Every year, utilities get more and more expensive, and consumers can usually count on incremental price increases.
- There are now many ways to monitor and program your electronic devices and appliances remotely. Some thermostats have apps and can be monitored and preprogrammed to operate outside of peak times. Televisions, stoves, and computers now have energy saving features that can oftentimes be set up automatically with very little effort.
- The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) created a compliance certification in 1992 for appliances that use less energy. These products are known as “Energy Star Compliant,” and are designed to be more energy efficient.
- Always be mindful of fees outside of basic energy usage, and make sure you understand what those fees are for, and why you are being charged for them.
- Remember that even though prices for utilities are on the rise, understanding the energy efficiency features of your devices and appliances can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you really want to do the most to save money on your power utilities, there is no better time than today to switch to solar. That switch could save you thousands of dollars per year and give you the peace of mind for a better (and more cost effective) future.
Thank you for reading through our Watt series. We hope that you’ve found some of the information helpful. Of course, if you have any questions feel free to give us a call.