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How to Decrease Electric Bill
Here is the good news. I am writing this article “How to decrease electric bill” to show you that there are actually a lot of different things we can do to lower or even eliminate our electric bills.
So, how to decrease electric bill?
The actions can basically be divided into two groups:
- Watch your consumption and try to save electricity
- Make your own electricity at home
1. How to decrease electric bill by saving electricity
- Switch of the light in rooms that you are not in
- Switch off your TV, DVD player etc completely when you don’t use them (don’t just leave them on “power save” but actually turn the power off)
- Change your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs
- Unplug devices such as cell phone rechargers completely as they will otherwise continue to consume energy
- Check if you can switch your electricity supplier to a cheaper one
- If you are using air conditioning units keep the filters clean and have the units regularly inspected
2. How to decrease electric bill by making electricity at home
Please note: In this article “How to decrease electric bill” I can only give you an overview of the possibilities.
Instead of just buying our electricity from the big power companies it is actually very easy to generate our own electricity at home. The two most common technologies used in private homes to generate electricity are solar panels and wind turbines.
Solar panels are being used to collect sunlight and turn it into electricity.
Wind turbines are being used to generate electricity from wind energy.
A solar panel is actually nothing else than a box with 36 solar cells. Ready-made solar panels are very expensive. Instead, you can simply buy the solar cells and then build the box yourself. All you need is a step-by-step instruction manual. Self-made solar panels work as efficiently as ready-made ones but for only a fraction of the cost.
A wind turbine is an electricity generator that is connected to some blades. The blades are being turned by the wind and the generator uses this rotary movement to generate electricity. Wind turbines can also either be bought ready-made or build by yourself for a fraction of the cost.
With a professional set of instructions anybody can build a fully functioning and electricity producing solar panel and wind turbine. Every unit of electricity you generate will automatically reduce the amount of energy you have to buy from the power company.
We have reached the end of this article “How to decrease electric bill”. I hope you enjoyed reading it. I would like to leave you with this thought.
In some countries private households generate more electricity than they need. In Germany, for example, this surplus electricity can be fed back into the grid and the power companies pay the households a fixed amount of money per unit of electricity.
Make Electricity at Home
In this article we will look at the best strategy for you to use when you want to start to make electricity at home.
Most of us probably grew up in a household where the energy consumed was generated by a huge power plant in the area.
As we grew older (and wiser?) we learned about the health and environmental problems asssociated with this kind of power generation. Regardless of whether we burn fossil fuels or use nuclear power the harm we do to our planet is massive.
Today, producing electricity using alternative renewable energy sources has become much more mainstream.
Renewable energy technology has improved tremendously over the last couple of decades. It is now entirely possible for many of us to make electricity at home.
The reasons why people want to make electricity at home are numerous:
- We want to reduce our carbon footprint
- We want to protect our health and our environment
- We want to make our contribution for a cleaner and greener future
- We want to become more independent from the large power companies
- We want to save money on our electricity bills.
Depending on your objectives, your location, the amount of money you can invest and the amount of electricity you want to make, you have basically 3 different sources to make electricity at home.
These sources are
- solar power
Solar power, i.e. harnessing the energy of the sun has traditionally been used as a source of light and heat.
Solar collectors are an example of solar technology that is already being used in many parts of the country.
However, solar power can also be used to make electricity at home.
Most of us are probably familiar with pocket calculators that use little solar cells (photovoltaic cells) instead of a battery. This technology can also be used to make electricity at home.
Using wind power basically means installing a wind turbine and generating electricity through the rotary movement of the blades.
Using geothermal energy one doesn’t really make electricity at home. Rather, one uses the natural heat of our planet to provide hot water and general heat for their home.
All of this technology is readily available on the market today.
The main problem is that it is very expensive to buy and install. Furthermore, converting your home from traditional energy sources to solar or wind energy is a very big decision.
Instead of jumping in and spending a fortune without knowing exactlty what to expect we recommend you start with small steps.
Instead of buying a huge system that can power your whole household why not start with a small solar or wind project to see whether solar and wind energy really work for you and your location?
If you decide to start with a small project first, wether solar or wind energy, why not build a small solar panel or wind turbine yourself for a fraction of the cost.
That way you will save a lot of money and gain a much better understanding of what to look out for should you decide for a larger system at a later date.
Building your own solar panel or wind turbine is actually a very straight forward process and can be accomplished extremely easily with the right set of instructions.
You can build a fully functioning solar panel or wind turbine and start to make electricity at home.
This will help you start saving some money on your electric bill straight away and give you the necessary insight for future expansions.