Let’s face it, there really is no way to escape paying our electric bills; it par for the course if we want to enjoy the luxury of having lights, and the ability to power our devices, but why does it seem like we are paying more and more every month? It’s simple, the devices in our homes draw current simply by virtue of being plugged into an outlet, which means although the device is turned off, it will still contribute to kilowatt hours being used. What are Kilowatt-hours? It is the unit of measurement that denotes how much energy is being used over the course of one hour; at the end of the month, your electric company will tally these numbers. The total kilowatt hours used is then multiplied by the per kilowatt-hour charge, which determines your monthly bill.
So, how do you avoid being charged an arm and a leg for using electricity? As previously stated most devices don’t necessarily have to be turned on to consumer power, they merely have to be plugged into an outlet. Therefore, if you’re not using items like your coffee maker, your DVR, and other small appliances, it’s recommended that you unplug them, especially, if you’re not going to be in the home for an extended period of time. To simplify this task, you should connect multiple appliances to a single power strip; this allows you to cut off power to several devices at once (https://www.puc.texas.gov/industry/electric/directories/rep/report_rep.aspx?ID=ELSQL01DB1245339200001).
If you live in a state that has a deregulated energy market, you also have the option of shopping around for a lower cost energy provider. For example, companies like Stream, based in Texas, is licensed by the state’s Public Utilities Commission to provide electricity in Texas. Therefore, If you live in a deregulated energy market like Texas, it means that there is more competition amongst energy providers, and competition helps drive down consumer cost. How does this help you? It means that you could, ostensibly, be paying a lower energy bill each month, simply by switching your electric company.