6 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

6 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

They're easy and won't require a major lifestyle change.

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Are you tired of looking at a high electric bill every month?

You think you're doing what's best to keep it down but unfortunately, it's not being reflected with your bill. Rather than feel lost, we'll go over a few effective ways to save money when it comes to your electric bill.

Ready to see what they are? Let's get into it!


Wash Clothes on Cold

It takes a lot of electricity to heat water. One small way to decrease your electric bill is to wash clothes on the cold setting. They'll still come out the same way as if they were washed on warm.

Unplug Unused Electronics

That Bluetooth speaker you only use so often and that Xbox collecting dust are major energy suckers. They don't need to be plugged in all the time, especially if you only use them a handful of times.

What'll be even better is if you can turn off all the power strips that host devices and electronics you don't use a lot. When you go to bed, turn off and unplug everything that you can. You obviously don't need to use a lot of the stuff you do during the day while you sleep.

Adjust the Thermostat

Adjusting the temperature up or down a couple of degrees can save you tons. Another way to save is to adjust it for when you leave the house. You obviously won't need to heat or cool your home when you're not there.

For unused rooms, there doesn't need to be an influx of heating or air. Turning the thermostat off in those rooms will allow more air (or heat) to flow to the rooms that need it the most.

Change HVAC Filter Often

A dirty filter can leave you wondering why you aren't feeling cold or warm air coming through the vents. That causes you to then turn up the thermostat, raising your bill to be even higher.

When you clean or change the HVAC filter often, that allows air to be pushed through the vents with ease. There's no debris or dust to clog it up to prevent good air flow.

Invest in Solar Panels

While this is a huge investment for most, it's what'll lower your electric bill significantly. Solar panels are a great option for homeowners as the sun will power most of the appliances. Those who have them installed already enjoy an electric bill that's in the lower double digits.

For most states and cities, there are programs that may qualify you for low-cost installations or to purchase solar panels on the cheap. Some research is needed but if you're able to do it, the savings will be significant.

Turn Down the Hot Water Heater

While hot showers and baths are enjoyed daily, they can rack up the costs. All that energy needed to heat up the water increases your bill by a lot.

To save some money, the hot water heater shouldn't be set above 120 degrees. Keeping it low doesn't mean the water won't be warm, it'll just take less energy.

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The Burning Of Notre Dame Has Actually Strengthened My Catholic Faith

Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

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Every year, Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week in the Christian faith. As the most sacred time of the year, those who believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins hold these days dear in our hearts. 2019's Palm Sunday, however, is now held in infamy. The very next day, the precious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris started to burn.

As the world now knows, the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris was spontaneously engulfed in flames on April 15, 2019. The cause has not yet been identified precisely but is most likely due to complications during the $6.8 million renovations the cathedral is currently under. Completed back in 1345, the nearly 800-year-old church has withstood the test of time relatively well.

Until now.

The modern world watched as one of the biggest treasures of the past burned away before our eyes, Twitter even erupted in an unprecedented coverage of this world-wide tragedy as many took to social media to pour their condolences and share memories of this French icon. Religion, race and personal beliefs aside, the world collectively grieved and lent support.

While this is truly a loss on a global scale, the blow comes as a particularly harsh one to the Catholic community after a particularly difficult season of Lent. From the Pope addressing allegations of sexual assault, to backlash over the controversial theatrical release of the film "Unplanned", this latest development seemed like a cruel joke in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. I myself felt affected by this fire hundred of thousand miles away in North Carolina. One of our most beloved holy churches was ebbing away in front of us and all God could do was watch.

However, despite all that, we must look forward.

Despite much of the church being reduced to ash, some of the priceless artifacts and objects that were hidden away in the cathedral have been able to survive the ordeal; such as the crown of thorns, numerous pieces of art, the rose windows, the altar cross shown above and the iconic bells of Notre Dame. Once news of this broke out, I was strengthed to my core knowing God was indeed there.

It seems like such an oxymoron to see such a tragedy as a sign of hope, yet the Bible itself is full of those. The 7 plagues that tormented Eygpt, the Great Flood, and even the death of Christ as examples.

As children of Christ, we are told at a very young age to never question his plan. He is all knowing and has a way of making everything fall into place. God sensed that Catholics were in the midst of a troubling time and brought us this opportunity of a new beginning. The burning taking place during Holy Week can also be taken as perfect timing.

The whole premise of this week revolves around the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate, yet miraculously returned three days later before joining Our Father in Heaven, the cathedral can very well do the same and return better than before.

It is a devastating loss but already we are seeing evidence of joyous aftermath. As I noted before, people from all walks of life are offering support and condolences to a faith they were scorning just a week prior. Priceless artifacts have miraculously been recovered and plans for rebuilding have already started. This is a sign of a new beginning, that God is backing us through it all.

Do not question His plan, just have faith. The rest will fall into place.

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HVAC Problems You May Encounter

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How do you know if your HVAC system has an issue? Check out the problem you might encounter with your HVAC below!

Clogged Filter

Not feeling good air flow? It might be because your filter is clogged.

One that's dirty doesn't allow the air to flow through efficiently. When this happens, it needs to be replaced.

Noise

Noises coming from the HVAC system means there's a problem. Rattling, clanking or banging indicates you'll need to get in contact with an HVAC company.

They'll be able to pinpoint the issue to ensure your system gets back to working normally.

Power Issues

Just because you're having power issues doesn't mean it's an expensive or hard fix. Access the following:

Is the power turned on and is it plugged in?

Does the circuit breaker have to be reset?

Does your thermostat need new batteries?

Answering these questions can ensure you find the problem quickly.

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