There are many ways to cut down on the power usage in your home, but if you want to see the biggest benefits as soon as possible, you should first focus your attention on the items in you home that use the most power and work your way down. At the top of the list are the most power hungry machines in your home.
Your air conditioning system
Your AC system will suck up an enormous amount of electricity, and when summer time arrives, you will see your utility bills go up substantially. Your first step is to have your system tuned up. An AC technician can look at your unit and determine if everything is operating correctly. A bad thermostat, for example, can mean your AC unit will stay on longer than it needs to be on. In addition, low levels of Freon can mean your system is not putting out the cold air needed to cool down your home. An AC unit working at its best will be cheaper to operate than one that is operating in a sub-par fashion.
Take a look at your freezer and refrigerator usage
Right behind an air conditioning system for total monthly electricity consumption is a refrigerator and freezer. For many people, this is a single unit with a freezer on top on top of the refrigerator, but if you have a separate freezer, you need to take a long look at how you are using it. Often people will buy things on sale at the local supermarket, and keep it in the freezer, but for most people, the savings in food is eliminated by the increase in the electric bill from the use of a separate freezer. In addition, many people have two refrigerators. One in their kitchen, and a second one, often in the garage, to keep drinks cool. If you are one of these people, unplugging the second refrigerator will dramatically reduce your monthly bill.
Compare utility companies
In Texas, one of the best ways to quickly save money on your bill is to compare the rates of more than one power company, and the best way to accomplish this is to do it online with a power provider comparison site. Usually, the company that matches your needs will be the one that is cheapest. You can find more information on a website like Compare Texas Energy Retailers.
You have the capability to begin reducing your electrical bill starting today. Simply begin implementing the ideas outlined above.