For most households in America, reducing your energy rates can become a challenging proposition. The primary reason for this is that you cannot stop using the electrical appliances in your house, and when you look around, all of these are necessary. Moreover, in summers the use of electrical appliances increases, especially the air conditioners. As a result, your energy bill will also increase.
In the low-income groups, this can create a significant problem as energy bills can be a significant cause for concern. But there are simple steps that you can take to reduce your energy bill and make your home energy efficient. Some of the methods by which low-income groups can benefit from energy-efficient methods are as follows:
Installing Solar Panels in Low-Income Areas
By installing solar panels in low-income community areas, energy can be generated and diverted to a grid to supply electricity to homes from low-income groups. This can ensure that energy is being generated from a renewable energy source and help reduce the burden on electricity being sourced from the burning of fossil fuels.
Similarly, in houses, you can install solar panels to reduce dependency on electricity plans purchased from an external source. This cannot simply stop your total electricity consumption from an external source but reduce it to a certain extent. If you try to introduce methods that increase your dependency on renewable energy sources, you can reduce your electricity bill in the long run.
State Actions to Reduce the Energy Bill
Other than individual actions, there are several actions that the state can take to reduce the energy bill of the low-income group.
For example, the state can introduce energy-efficient urban planning methods to reduce the energy bill and make the homes energy efficient. This can include cool reflective roofs and green roofs. The reflective and green roofs can go a long way in reducing the temperature of the house. In the long run, you will also find that it can help to reduce your overall energy bill.
Similarly, the state can take steps to provide incentive programs to households incentives that opt for energy-efficient homes. Homes that install solar panels on their rooftops can be considered energy-efficient homes and incentivized by the state. The incentive can be in the form of a discount on the energy bill. This, too, can, in the long run, help in reducing the energy bill.
Healthier Living in the Low-Income Communities
Energy-efficient homes are usually greener and tend to have a cleaner and better environment. It has been observed that energy-efficient homes have healthier children. This means the family living in the house has a healthier life than one who lives in a house that does not follow eco-friendly norms. An energy-efficient household will also be environmentally conscious, carry out similar activities, and reduce wastage.
Thus, by opting for eco-friendly and energy-efficient norms, you will not just reduce your energy bill; you can divert the saved money in leading a healthier life.