After the money you pay for your mortgage or rent, your automobile, your monthly food expenses, and if you are a sports junkie like Sandy Petrocelli, your sports tickets, the next largest monthly cost is probably your electric bill. Depending on the size of your home or business, and the amount of electrical appliances that you have using electricity monthly, your electric bill can easily top a few hundred dollars a month.

A lot of the costs that make your electric bill so high unavoidable, but they’re definitely ways that anyone can use to lower these monthly bills.  Here is a list of some of the things that anyone can focus on to lower their monthly cost for electricity:

Run maintenance on your HVAC

Your home air conditioning and heating unit is by far the largest electric energy consuming appliance in your home.  The HVAC is a finely tuned appliance that utilizes computer technology in the newer models and complicated mechanical parts in the older units. They also utilize a series of filters that can become clogged easily. Finally most used a series of ducts that run throughout your home to deliver heating or Cooling. These systems are finely tuned and more often than not are not operating at 100% efficiency. When this happens it is costing you more money to heat or cool the same space. Calling a technician to come and service your entire HVAC system can save you lots of money every month on your electric bills.

You should also be selective about when you use your HVAC. Many people get into the habit of keeping it on because they are afraid the room will get too hot or too cold. A better approach is to keep an eye on the outside temperature and make sure when the temperature outside of your home is comfortable your HVAC is no longer running.

Turn the lights off when you leave the room

This might seem like a small difference in terms of the amount of money that you spend each month electricity, but you might be surprised at how much difference it can actually make. Every second of light bulb is on in your home cost you money, and the amount varies depending upon the amount of Lights and the wattage of those lights. If you have older lights that are less efficient and burn more electricity the amount of savings you will get by turning them off when you leave the room will be more substantial. However even the newer lights cost you money when they’re turned on. If your family has a habit of walking out of rooms and leaving lights on, and you are probably spending a substantial amount of money on lighting rooms for no reason. Additionally lights generate heat. A woman room means that the air conditioner will run more often causing you even more additional electricity costs. So remind yourself and your family members turn off the lights as they exit in room. This also goes for any electrical appliances including computers, monitors, game consoles, end television which can normally burn 10 times the amount of electricity as a high wattage light bulb. These appliances should be powered down and even unplugged when they are not in use.

These simple tips can help you to save lots on your electric bill. Remember electrical appliances cost you money when you purchase them and every time you plug them in too.