Electricity Bills Could Cost You a Fortune
Month after month, it’s the same thing: utility bills land in your mailbox and you pay them, no matter how expensive they are. After all, you need electricity and water, right? But there is something you can do to lower these electricity bills. Here are 10 ways to lower your electricity costs. These tips are especially helpful during peak summer months when air conditioning takes its toll on your electricity bill.
1. Unplug Electric Appliances and Devices
Electric appliance and devices–even small ones–draw power even if they’re not in use. While you’re obviously not going to unplug your refrigerator or TV, unplugging small electrics such as toasters, fans and chargers is a great way to lower your electric bill. Consider using power strips so you can turn off many appliances with just the flip of a switch.
2. Get an Electricity Audit
Ask your power company if they offer free electricity audits. These are usually conducted by power company employees who are able to quickly identify areas of increased electricity savings in your home. An analysis generally takes less than an hour and could save you hundreds of dollars in electricity bills over the course of the year. Getting an electricity audit and making 5 other phone calls to reduce your bills can save you tons of money.
3. Replace Bulbs
Energy-efficient light bulbs typically use 25%-80% less electricity than traditional bulbs. While they are more expensive to buy, they last many times longer than incandescent bulbs and can save you money in the long run on electricity bills.
4. Seal Leaks
Cool air in the winter and hot air in the summer may be creeping into your home resulting in increased electric bills to heat and cool your home. Sealing any leaks and installing proper insulation can substantially reduce your electricity bill.
5. Wash Smarter
The majority of the electricity used when you run your washing machine goes to heat the water. Use the cold setting instead and save both money and lower electricity bills–especially helps in lowering your water bill. And don’t forget not to crowd the machine. Giving your items room to move around inside the washer will make sure your machine doesn’t have to work hard to clean them. A cold water wash could be your first step to lower your utility bills today.
6. Dry Naturally
Whenever possible allow your laundry to air dry. When you do use the dryer, make sure you put in a full load and use the moisture-sensing setting if you have one. And don’t forget to always clean the lint filter after each use. Lint inhibits the flow of hot air causing the dryer to work that much harder to do its job and using more electricity which, of course, costs you more money. Remove the lint filter every six months and wash with soap and water to keep your dryer working at optimal performance.
7. Dishwasher Dos and Don’ts
Run your dishwasher only when you’ve got a full load. Additionally, save money and lower your electricity bill by letting dishes air dry instead of using the heat setting. And make sure not to overload it or you’ll be overworking it and increasing your electric bill.
8. Keep Your Machines Clean
Quickly running a vacuum over your refrigerator coils twice a year will help it operate at its peak. And don’t forget to change the filters in your air conditioner regularly. Dirty filters can use 15% more electricity than clean filters.
9. Change Your Thermostat
Invest in a programmable thermostat for about $35. They’re easy to install and they help you save by controlling your heating and cooling costs when you’re away.
10. New Appliances
Brand new, energy-smart appliances do come with a large price tag, but they can make a big difference in your electric bill. What’s more, they last longer than their electricity-guzzling predecessors, so you won’t have to replace them as soon.
Less Electricity, More Money
Put these simple tips to work for you as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll see a decrease in your electric bill.
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