Many seniors who live on limited incomes after retirement may need to find ways to cut costs. One way to save money is to reduce the electricity bill. Henderson elder care professionals recommend the following steps to help your loved one lower his or her electricity bill.
1. Unplug Appliances and Electronics
An appliance that is plugged in, but not in use, continues to draw a small amount of electricity from an outlet. This is known as a phantom load. While a few plugged in devices generally won’t waste much energy, if your loved one has phantom loads throughout the home, it can end up costing hundreds of dollars a year. Your loved one should unplug all devices and appliances until they are needed.
2. Use Space Heaters
A large family might need to keep multiple rooms in the house at the same temperature. However, this will change when the children start moving out. Instead of using the entire heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, it might be more cost-effective to invest in a smaller space heater and fan. These use a fraction of the electricity and can usually keep one room at a consistent temperature.
3. Install a Programmable Thermostat
While older electronic thermostats can be quite useful, they are often inaccurate. Many older adults sometimes forget to change the settings while out running errands or heading to bed for the night. Switching to a programmable thermostat can allow your loved one to preset temperatures according to the time of day and day of the week.
4. Switch to CFL Bulbs
Your loved one’s home should have adequate lighting at all times, but keeping a house well lit can be quite expensive. Instead of turning the lights off and potentially causing an accident, your loved one might want to replace old incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs. These high-efficiency bulbs use a fraction of the electricity and are designed to stay on for thousands of hours at a time.
5. Ask for a Senior Discount
Many utility companies offer reduced rates to people over 65 who are living on fixed incomes. While these discounts generally reduce energy bills by a small percentage, the savings can add up to hundreds of dollars over the years.
If your loved one requires help utilizing these energy-saving methods and assistance with the daily tasks of living, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in and respite care Henderson seniors can count on, and our caregivers can give your loved one the additional support he or she needs to remain safe and comfortable while aging in place. Call us at (702) 527-7723 for more information and to schedule your free in-home consultation.