One bill people dread opening when they get it in the mail, especially during a hot summer, is the electric bill. Utilities like gas and electric always seem to go up, and you may not think there is much you can do about it. However, if you live in Southern New Jersey like me, there are some options.
Electric & Gas Bills
Utility companies offer many useful resources to help you cut energy costs.
- PSE & G has a page dedicated to managing energy costs.
- Atlantic City Electric offers conservation tips as well as an analysis of your current bill, how it compares to the average in your area, how much electricity you used that month for air conditioning, lights, the refrigerator, etc.
- South Jersey Gas offers energy saving tips
If you use another provider, check their web site, and you will most likely find information there as well.
Water & Sewer Bill
The water and sewer bill is a bit tougher, as rates and assessments vary from town to town. The sewer bill is fixed, but the water bill is based on usage. If you have a sprinkler system, run it late at night, rather than during the day, so the water does not evaporate before it can do much good for your lawn, and you will end up using less. In addition, you can:
- Take (short) showers instead of baths (no longer than 5 minutes)
- Use a low-flow shower head. You'll reduce your water bill by 25-60%, according to the US Department of Energy;
- Fix any leaky faucets. This can save from 1000 - 2000 gallons per year;
- Install faucet aerators;
- Check toilets for leaks; and
- Turn the water off while you brush or shave.
These days, every little bit helps when it comes to saving money, and if you can cut your energy usage, you are not only putting more cash in your pocket, you are doing your part to save the planet!