The cost of electricity is on the rise. For seniors living on a fixed income, keeping up with these costs can be difficult. Luckily, there are some changes your elderly loved ones can make around the house to help ease the energy burden. Caledon, ON, in-home senior care experts discuss 5 ways your loved one can lower his or her electricity bill.
1. Replace Old Appliances
Many seniors have refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers in their homes that date as far back as the 70s, 80s, and 90s. These appliances use more energy than the Energy Star-rated ones on the market today. Though spending hundreds on new appliances may seem extreme, they can end up paying for themselves within a few years as they lower the costs of your loved one’s monthly electricity bills.
2. Keep an Eye on the Thermostat
Seniors tend to get a little colder in the winter, but a degree or two change on the thermostat might not make much of a difference. Wearing comfortable warm clothing around the house, like sweaters, thick socks, and leggings or long underwear, or throwing an extra blanket on the bed could also help your loved one adjust to the change in temperature. Keeping windows open and clean to allow natural sunlight inside can help as well.
3. Stop Using the Dishwasher
Seniors who live alone probably do not use as many dishes as they did when they were taking care of their families. Instead of using the dishwasher to wash and dry the dishes he or she does use, encourage your loved one to try washing and drying them by hand each day.
4. Hang Clothes to Dry
A dryer uses a great deal of energy, but the old-fashioned way of hanging clothes on the line is free. It may even bring back a bit of nostalgia for your loved one. He or she can also save money on dryer sheets, and some clothes and linens even last longer when they aren’t dried in a dryer.
5. Switch to Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Take some time to help your loved one switch out the bulbs in his or her lamps and fixtures. Energy-efficient light bulbs use less electricity, and your loved one does not have to change them very often. This switch reduces the risk of your loved one injuring him or herself on broken glass or trying to change a hard-to-reach light.
For additional tips on how your loved one can save money, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of live-in and respite care Caledon seniors trust, and our caregivers are available around the clock to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life. Call one of our qualified Care Managers at 905-951-8885 to request a no-obligation consultation.