How Do I Lower My Electric Bill?
It seems that your utilities keep going up, especially your electric bill. As the economy changes and prices go up, it is reflected in the cost of power. It doesn’t help that in today’s modern homes, there are more electrical appliances than ever. Sure, many products claim to be energy efficient but anything that runs on electricity is going to add to the overall cost of your monthly bill. So what do you do? If you are experiencing really high electrical bills, you have no doubt been asking yourself “How do I lower my electric bill”?
10 Ways To Save Energy and Lower Your Electric Bill
The good news is that with so many people experiencing the same problem, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with some helpful solutions. Here are 10 ways to save energy and lower your electrc bill.
- The lights in your home use a lot of energy. The first ting you can do to save money is to switch to those corkscrew light bulbs that are more energy efficient. Yes, they are expensive, running about $5.00 a bulb, but over the long run, they are more than worth the price. They save money on your bill and you don’t have to buy so many of them.
- Try turning off all of the lights that you are not currently using. Unless it is Christmas, there is no reason for your entire house to be lit up. By leaving lights on in rooms that you are not using, you are wasting energy and using up those expensive light bulbs. Be more environmentally conscious and turn off excessive lights.
- Another option with the lights is to set up some alternative lighting. You can install a dimmer switch that will cut back on wattage used. You can also use simple lighting such as single bulb lamps instead of turning on every light in the room. For outdoor lighting, install some motion sensor lights instead of leaving those high-powered flood lights on all night.
- Another big user of electricity is your home’s air-conditioning and heating. If you have the thermostat set really high or really low in the appropriate months it can really make your meter spin. To be more conservative, in the summer set the thermostat higher than normal, especially when you are not home or at night when you are asleep. In the winter, do the opposite. Set the thermostat lower when you are not at home.
- If you don’t already have one, you should install an electronic thermostat so that you can program it. The benefit of an electronic thermostat is that it will automatically adjust temperature settings to more energy efficient levels.
- Your refrigerator is another one of those appliances that takes a lot of wattage to operate. The way that you can make your refrigerator more energy effective is to use it wisely. Don’t set the temperature control to the coldest possible setting. One thing is that some items might start to freeze but mostly it is unnecessary to run your refrigerator that cold. A moderate setting will do the job just as well. Also, try not to leave the door open for more than a few moments. The longer the door is left open, the longer the compressor will run to cool the interior. Changing the temperature of the freezer usually won’t affect the ice maker in most modern refrigerator but I would suggest that you test it out first.
- After your refrigerator, the water heater uses a lot of energy. You can change the temperature setting on the water heater in order to save energy. Turn down the temperature setting to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You should use natural lighting as much as possible. There is no point in turning on lights to see by if there is sufficient light outside to do the job. During bright summer days, if your home has a lot of windows, open up the shades to let the light in.
- This is something many people might not know. Even if your appliance is turned off, if it is still plugged in it uses a certain small amount of wattage. If you go through your home and unplug everything that you are not currently using, you can save yourself several dollars every month.
- By washing your cloths in cold water instead of hot water will save on the energy required to create more hot water. Also, dry your clothes at night instead of the day. When you dry your clothes during the middle of the day, the dryer exhaust heats up the house which in turn causes your air-conditioner to run more. By operating your dryer at night, the house won’t heat up as much and you save on your cooling bill.
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