As we may have mentioned before, the easiest way to cut costs on your energy bill is to stop using so much energy. Summertime is the perfect season to get outdoors and cut ties with all your electronics! You might not know that your electricity utility rate is calculated based on your energy usage during the annual system peak, which almost always occurs during the second week of July, around 2 or 3 p.m. when everybody is blasting their AC.
This is a strategic calculation by New England ISO, an organization that controls the output levels of big power plants, in order to make sure nobody has to go without power during the whole year. Basically, they come up with a rate that makes sense for times of extreme energy usage, and make a little profit during the rest of the year when less electricity is being used in general. Logically speaking, if you decrease your electricity consumption during late June and July, you may be able to decrease your utility rate for the rest of the year as well!
In case you’re having trouble thinking of fun summer activities, here are a few inexpensive suggestions that will get you out of the house.
Hang out in the backyard. Set up a hammock and relax with a good book. Lounge on a blanket and soak up the sunshine. Invite your friends over to play catch or other backyard games. Have a bonfire and roast hot dogs. Build a swing set. If you don’t have a backyard, you can still do many of these activities at a local park. The sky’s the limit – all you have to do is get out there! This will save you from paying for hours of mindless television or Internet surfing, lighting, air conditioning, and more.
Plant a garden. Gardening is physically and mentally therapeutic, not to mention all the fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers that come with the territory. In addition to keeping you outdoors and away from electronics and appliances, you might find yourself saving money at the grocery store as well. The physical activity will keep you limber and can even lower your stress levels.
Go exploring. You don’t have to limit yourself to your neighborhood. Walking is good for you, and so is fresh air, so spice things up by exploring new areas. If you’re not a fan of walking, maybe jogging, running or riding a bike sounds more appealing. Whether you’re strolling down busy city sidewalks or hiking in serene forests, you never know what you may come across. Try looking up state parks near your home for new trails and beautiful scenery.
Visit the library. Summertime isn’t always all fun and games and sunshine – so how can you get out of your house on rainy days? Well, don’t forget that you don’t have to stay outdoors to cut costs on your utility bills. Free public libraries are a wonderful resource for both new and classic books, though you should stay away from the DVDs and video games if your goal is to reduce your electricity consumption! Stay and read at the library or borrow books to read on the go. You can also typically find information about your community, such as upcoming local events, details about clubs and when they meet, and more. Age doesn’t matter; libraries are fantastic places for both young and old.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and have a great summer while cutting costs for the rest of the year! Sounds like a no-brainer to us! Contact us here at Easy Energy today with any questions you may have about reducing your electricity bill.