Does your electric bill make you do a double take?
It's hard to imagine a life without electricity. From the minute you wake up until the minute you go to bed, you find yourself using or interacting with some type of electrical device. These devices have made our lives easier, and have even allowed for life-saving technology, but the electricity running through them comes at a price, literally.
If you kept every light turned on in your house and ran every electrical device that you own twenty-four hours a day, you’d spend an awful lot of money.
We save money by powering off devices that are not in use, and by only using lights in the rooms that are occupied. BUT there are pretty basic methods for cutting back on the use of electricity.
Here are some clever ways to lower your electric bill.
For a large portion of the day, our world is provided with a tremendous amount of light, free of charge. During daylight hours you can make use of that light by opening the blinds, or installing skylights. Why pay for light if you don’t have to?
If you harness as much sunlight as possible during the daytime, you can wait until dusk to turn on your house lights. When you do turn on those lights, try to turn off the lights in rooms you are not using.
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It's true that LED bulbs cost a bit more, but in the long run, they will save you money on your electric bill. LEDs use up to 80% less electricity and can last up to 25 times longer in some cases. You don’t have to go around to every light in your house and swap out the incandescent bulbs with LEDs. As your bulbs burn out, try replacing them with LEDs.
Over time you will have most lights in your house using LEDs, and that will be reflected in your electric bill.
Devices that are not in use still draw a small amount of power as long as they are plugged in. Certain devices such as the refrigerator must stay plugged in, but the toaster oven, for instance, can be unplugged when not in use.
Walk around your house and take a look, you might be surprised how many devices stay plugged into the grid yet are not being used. If you unplug each one, you will save on your bill in the long run.
Laptop computers have many advantages over desktops: they’re smaller, lighter, transportable, and they also use far less electricity. By trading in your desktop computer for a laptop, you will not only save money on power but you will have a computer to take with you on vacations and business trips.
Try adjusting your thermostat by just a few degrees. If you think that you must keep it set for 68 in the summer, you will find that it’s not that difficult to live with 70 or 71 degrees. This small change can bring your power bill down by as much as 5%, to save more money you can bump up the thermostat another couple of degrees.
Saving money on power is about figuring out how you can make small changes to the way you live. You may find that what you thought was comfortable was actually excessive and that you can cut some comforts out to save a few bucks.
In most cases, it's completely unnecessary to wash your clothes in hot water. Switch your laundry machine to use cold water, save the hot water for showering and cooking. At the same time, you can try to do less laundry and only run full loads when you use the machine.
The combination of using cold water and only running full loads will make your laundry operation more efficient. This efficiency will show up in the form of a cheaper electric bill.
Any one of the little tricks by themselves are not going to have a great impact on your power bill. But by using several of these tricks together, over time you will notice a lower electric bill. Nobody minds spending less money on their home’s utility bills.