There are a number of places you can turn to if you need assistance in paying your energy or electric bill. High-energy costs have forced many families to have to make the choice between paying their utility bills, their mortgage or rent, or even paying for groceries.
Most utility companies offer some form of financial assistance, grants, or weatherization type program. Also a number of government programs, both state and federal, can assist people with paying their utility bills. Find information and ways to obtain utility bill assistance in your state.
In addition, we will also show you some ways to, and provide you assistance, in reducing the amount of your utility bills. For example, you can easily reduce your utility bill by up to 40%. There are many simple, free steps you can take to help save on your utility bills. The more tips you implement, the less need for utility bill help and assistance that you will need. See the energy saving tips below.
1) Find out how to save on heating and cooling costs
Cooling and heating typically are the largest part of household utility use and therefore provide a large opportunity to lower utility bills. As much as one half of the energy used in your home goes towards heating and cooling it. Continued.
2) Install a programmable thermostat to help save
They cost under $70 and programmable thermostats will automatically adjust your home's temperature settings. You can save on heating costs by as much as 20 percent. Continued.
Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL light bulbs, which will use last at least 8 times longer and will use about 75 percent less electricity. Lighting does account for about 15% of your home's electric use and provide a good opportunity to reduce utility bills.
4) Use energy efficient appliances
Using energy efficient appliances will reduce your need for utility bill assistance. You will reduce utility bills by up to $400 a year. More on how energy efficient appliances save money.
5) Save on water bills
WaterSense, which is a program that sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water. This assistance program is similar to the Energy Star program. More.
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