Do you qualify for utility discounts for senior citizens? There are many ways you can save money on electric bills, including through a federal, state, or local assistance program, directly through your utility bill, or making your home more energy efficient.
Local and state-wide utility discounts for senior citizens are common, and you can generally learn more about saving opportunities online or by contacting your county office. Alternatively, you may contact your utility providers to learn more about saving and discount opportunities available to you.
If you live in a deregulated energy state, you may also be able to shop around for a different electricity supplier to stabilize your energy bill year-round or get cheaper electricity bills each month.
If you are part of a low-income household and you need a senior discount for electricity or heating costs, you may qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program is available in every state, (though some states will only provide heating or cooling costs), and you can apply for aid directly to your local LIHEAP office.
The LIHEAP program lowers your energy bills by providing a one-time lump sum to your utility provider that acts as a credit on your bill. Additionally, this program provides emergency assistance to prevent utility cut off for non-payment. In many areas, the program will also help you save more on electricity bill by helping you weatherize your home to increase energy efficiency.
If you have a consistently high electricity bill, there are ways you can improve your heating, cooling and water efficiency to reduce your monthly bill. Some of the ways you can reduce your heating, water, and electricity bill include:
- Turning off lights and electronics when you’re not using them
- Investing in smart-products, like advanced power strips, LED light bulbs, and programmable thermostats
- Weatherizing your windows and doors
- Investing in energy and water saving appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, and dryers
If you need to know how to save on electric bills through energy efficiency, but you’ve already done the above method and are still facing high bills, contact your utility provider.
Many utility providers perform energy audits to help you determine if improvements can be made towards energy efficiency. If your provider does not offer audits, check with your local government or state non-profit organizations.
If your roof shows signs of damage or is getting old, you may be able to drastically reduce your energy consumption with a repair or replacement. Not only does your roof protect your home from the elements, but it plays a vital role in energy efficiency.