In the US, one in three households struggle to pay their energy bills. As electricity prices are projected to keep growing through 2020, many Americans may be forced to go without other basic needs just to pay the energy bills – or even go without energy all together. Fortunately there are tech solutions that can help you save electricity and, in turn, money on energy bills.
No matter the situation, our energy bills *must* be paid; our health and wellness depends on it. Most of our energy usage is for things we need like heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, lighting, and refrigeration. At some point in the year, one in ten homes is left with no choice but to keep their indoor climate control at unhealthy temperatures when a bill comes through. Faced with unmanageable energy bills, many household are willing to do what it takes to cut them down, yet haven’t tried some of the most simple ways to save. Turning off computers when not in use, utilizing LED light illumination instead of incandescent bulbs, and switching to cold water in the washing machine can do wonders for a high monthly energy bill, not only taking the pressure off of us but also the environment.
Tech-wise, smart outlets and power strips can power down electronics when they sense you aren’t using them, and there are also apps that can help you remember to power down electronics that aren’t in use.
Ready to take control of that energy bill? A little common sense and household vigilance go a long way. This infographic details the growing energy struggle for American families, tips and tricks to lower the bills, and the best options for tech that can help you take control of your energy usage.
Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing , an industry leading infographic design agency based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast , and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018.