By Jessica Jensen, K-State Research and Extension news service


Manhattan, KS — As rising costs continue to hit Americans’ pocketbook, the director of the Kansas Energy Program, housed at Kansas State University, says some common-sense measures can help homeowners save on their energy bill.


David Carter says a good place to start is knowing what your costs are, and whether they are trending up or down. He said the cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) that homeowners see on their energy bill can change independently of the other rates (e.g., transmission charge, customer charge, fuel charge and more).


“To figure out your cost per kilowatt hour, take the electricity charge divided by the electricity used,” he said. “This will help you figure out how much each kilowatt of energy is costing you.”


Then, he said, start monitoring how much you use those household items that are major energy draws, including:



The geographical location of the home also has an impact on the energy bill, according to Carter.


“In a rural area, your house will be isolated, which allows it to be more affected by the environment,” he said. “In an urban area, you are more protected and, if you live in an apartment, you can benefit from the floor above or beneath you. Alternatively, urban areas can also be subject to the urban heat island effect, which would increase temperatures and could result in higher energy costs.”


Additional tips to help save energy and money include:



Carter recommends a publication on 16 ways to cut energy costs and save money to help homeowners. That publication is available online.