Top 6 Tips for Lowering Your PSEG LI or ConEd Electric Bill
Jul 12, 2021
by EmPower Solar
Powering your home isn’t cheap, and it can feel like a continuous struggle to fork over hundreds of dollars to PSEG LI or ConEd each month, especially on Long Island and in NYC in the summer, when bills are at their highest. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the top six tips for lowering your electric bill. Read on to learn how you can curb your energy use and save money.
1. Complete an energy audit.
Oftentimes, utility providers are able to conduct energy audits in your home. An energy audit is used to inspect the flow and use of energy in a home. PSEG LI offers a free energy efficiency home assessment to all of their customers, while ConEd customers can visit their website to learn more about energy efficiency savings available to them.
By completing a home energy audit, you’ll have greater insight into how you can save money on your energy bills. There’s often a visual component of the audit, which helps identify the places in your home that are the least efficient and recommended actions you can take to make improvements.
2. Change your lightbulbs.
Over the past few years, the use of LED lights has grown exponentially more popular, but some people have been slow to make the switch in their own homes. Are you one of them? If so, outdated incandescent bulbs can be wasting energy and driving up your electric bill. If you’re ready for a simple, money-saving changes, you should switch all of your lighting fixtures to be outfitted with LED bulbs, particularly those labeled with the ENERGY STAR® label.
Due to advances in LED technology, you can easily find energy efficient bulbs for a variety of needs, including smart bulbs that can be controlled remotely and even change colors! Some of those smart bulbs are equipped to work on timers or through smartphone apps. For example, you can program your lights to only turn on when you pull into your driveway.
3. Use natural lighting.
Did you know that lighting alone accounts for about 10% of the average home’s energy usage? If you are concerned about the amount of energy that is consumed because of consistent light use then try to use natural light instead. During the summer, Long Island and New York City get a lot more daylight hours, which you can use to your advantage! By using light provided by the sun to brighten your home, not only are you conserving electricity, but reaping other benefits of natural light, like boosting your levels of vitamin D and increasing productivity. This is critical as many continue to work from home!
4. Install solar panels.
Speaking of the sun, you can significantly reduce or completely eliminate your electric bill when you go solar! For $0 down you can benefit from immediate savings on your electric bill and expect significant savings over the life of your solar system. A solar system will pay for itself in just 4-7 years if the homeowner purchases them with cash, and a homeowner who finances or leases their system can expect to save upwards of $100,000 over the life of their system. Plus, there are federal, state, and local incentives available to go solar which can cover up to 50% of the total system cost. These savings become even greater when you complete your solar array with a home battery backup system, like the Tesla Powerwall.
5. Unplug electronics that are not in use.
Oftentimes, homeowners don’t know that electronics that appear to be “off” aren’t really off at all. For example, if you happen to have a cable box or DVR and you turn it off, it still consumes energy. You would think that turning off electronics would help save energy, but that’s not the case at all. Televisions aren’t the only thing to worry about, however; microwaves also consume energy even while not being used, along with laptops/computers, phone chargers, speakers, printers, scanners, and more. In fact, 25% of the power used by these electronics is consumed when they’re “turned off.” This is known as “phantom energy.” If you are able to unplug these appliances, do it! It will help you save a lot of energy in the long run.
6. Wash your clothes in cold water.
Many believe that washing your clothes in hot water is the way to go, but it takes a ton of your washing machine’s power to simply heat that water. Not only that, but washing with hot water increases the chances of your clothes shrinking and fading, both of which can destroy clothing, whereas cold water protects color fabrics, is more effective for stain removal, and reduces wrinkles, which means less time and energy spent ironing. Keep that in mind the next time you do laundry!
Are you looking to lower your electric bill?
While there are many ways you can lower your electric bill, installing a home solar and battery system is the best way to take control and save big. The cost of home solar has never been lower, and with solar being the world’s most abundant energy source, there’s never been a better time to make the switch!
Schedule a virtual consultation with us today and we’ll explore the best solar solution to meet your energy needs, create a custom design for your home, and show you how much you can expect to save each month.