Excess energy consumption can cause a lot of problems with the environment, and your budget. In every sense of the word, it is truly wasteful. If your energy bill every month is giving you stress, try these tips on how to reduce your energy consumption.


Insulation – In hot summer months or cold winter months, your air conditioner and heater may be working double time if your home is not properly insulated.


Reduce “phantom load” – Phantom load is electricity being used by appliances or other devices when they are turned off. Realistically speaking, it is not possible to unplug every device when not in use. However small appliances or other seldom used electronics are worth unplugging when they won’t be used for a period of time.


Choose energy efficient appliances – For the appliances you cannot unplug, getting an upgrade to a newer, energy efficient model may save you more money in the long run.


Install timers – If you have trouble remembering to turn off lights when you leave a room, install a switch with an automatic timer that will turn them off for you.


There are many ways to reduce the energy consumption in your home, but no matter the size of your electric bill, consider installing solar panels to lower your costs. With NY State Solar, you can have a solar energy system that will be more affordable than your current energy solution.