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Sick of Your Power Bill? Here’s How the Alternatives Stack Up

Does your power bill slowly creep up month after month? Are you tired of knowing that your bill is always going to increase during the summer and winter? 

Unfortunately, we all realize that utility bills are going to come in the mail each month. We don’t get to skip those, unless we want our utilities to be turned off.

Have you ever considered alternatives to a traditional electric power bill? There are a few other options such as solar power, gas and geothermal. 

Keep reading as we explore alternative options to your traditional power bill.

Solar Power

Have you noticed those strange looking, black panels on the tops of some homes and buildings? More than likely, those are solar panels. Solar panels harness the energy of the sun. 

Using solar power is a great way to do your part for the environment. Solar power reduces carbon and other pollutants in the environment. 

Unfortunately, getting your home set-up for solar power isn’t cheap. You need a certified installer to correctly install the panels on your roof. The size of your solar system that is installed will be a big factor in whether you save money as compared to electric. 

Gas

Gas is a popular alternative to standard electricity. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, roughly ½ of all American households use gas in their homes. 

Gas is used to heat and cool residential buildings and businesses. It is also used to power large appliances and cook food. Appliances are specially designed to work with gas, so be sure to buy whichever option suits your needs. 

Any home that uses gas needs to have properly installed carbon monoxide detectors throughout it. If your home has a gas leak, the detectors will alarm you so that you can exit your home. 

Geothermal

Geothermal heating and cooling can save households a substantial amount of money. The sustained temperature from the ground is used to heat and cool your home. 

There are multiple options for geothermal heating and cooling. One option is for pipes to be buried beneath your home. The pipes are filled with a water solution. The water circulates through the pipes and heats and cools your home accordingly. A heat pump is used to create the exact warmth that you need. 

There is a large up-front financial commitment to have geothermal heating and cooling in your home. Prices for installation can cost up to $50,000. However, you may be able to receive certain tax benefits so be sure to check. Cheaper options are available now that there are many companies who specialize in this. After the installation, homeowners can save up to 50% off their standard heating and cooling bill. 

 

As you can see, there are alternatives to a traditional electric bill. Even though there are cheaper options, many of the options include a larger up-front cost. It is best that you speak with your family and choose what is best for you. No matter which option you choose, a monthly utility bill is sure to find its way into your mailbox. 

Kristi Hill is a freelance writer who loves to travel, cook and watch college football. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually listening to classic rock and spending time with her dog, Chico.

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