Some seniors neglect the care of electrical items in their homes, but with a few small changes to daily routines and what items are being used, your elderly loved one can enjoy saving some money each month. Here are the top 4 ways your loved one can lower his or her utility bill, brought to you by the staff at Home Care Assistance Mississauga.
1. Do a Nightly Light Check
It can be easy to forget to turn off lights before leaving the house or going to bed, which can add up on the electric bill after a while. Though some lights may need to be left on for safety reasons, your loved one should make sure to do a complete check each night to turn off any lights that are not needed.
2. Turn Off Electronics
Leaving electronics on constantly can also add up. Your loved one should make sure the television and all other electronics around the homeare turned offwhen not in use. Even a small radio can use up energy, so he or she should shut it off if no one is in the room to enjoy listening to it.
3. Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
By switching to energy-efficient appliances, seniors can end up saving a lot of money in the long run. When it is time to purchase new appliances, encourage your loved one to shop for energy-efficient models, preferably with an Energy Star rating. He or she canalso make a simple switch to energy-efficient light bulbs to save even more money.
4. Change the AC Filter
Air conditioning is one of the biggest contributors to an expensive utility bill. It is important to keep the filter in an AC unit clean soit runs properly. By cleaning or changing the filter, your loved one can save money on his or her energy bill since the AC unit will not have to work as hard to keep the home at an optimal temperature.
You may feel relieved knowing your loved one has his or her utility bill under control, but he or she may also need assistance with other tasks around the house such as laundry, bathing, grooming, and cooking. Whether your loved one needs help a few hours a week or 24/7 care, a professional in-home caregiver may be the perfect solution. For trusted hourly and live-in care in Mississauga, ON, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are trained in the Balanced Care Method, which promotes senior wellness through a healthy diet, physical activity, social ties, and calmness and purpose. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our Care Managers at (905) 337-1200 to schedule a free in-home consultation.