Reduce Your Electric Bill With These Simple Tips
High Electric Bills
Are you tired of paying increasingly high bills for you electricity use? Who doesn’t want to reduce the cost? The key to being able to reduce the cost of your electrical bill is in how you use your household appliances and such; it is really up to you. There are steps you can use to achieve that goal and if you follow them you will find that it is not that difficult.
Of course one of the most obvious measures to reduce your energy consumption is to turn off the lights in rooms that are not occupied. Also be sure to turn off the lights when you leave a room instead of leaving them on. Doing just this one thing can reduce your electricity usage and start you on your way to saving on your power bill.
Watch TV With Lights Out?
When you are watching TV are your lights on in the same room? When you go to a Theater to watch movies the lights are out. Why not do the same at home, not only are you saving electricity, the TV screen may be much easier to watch. If you are watching TV and someone else is reading a book at the same time maybe a single lamb will suffice for the person reading.
Have You Tried CFL's?
When Compact Fluorescent Bulbs or CFL’s came out there was a lot of initial resistance to them. But they can and do save big on electricity consumption. There is some concern over how to dispose of them as they do have a miniscule amount of Mercury in them.
Their cost savings come from the lesser amount of wattage needed and the less amount of heat they emit. If you change out all of your lights to CFL’s and you have Air Conditioning, the reduced heat load on your AC will be less, in turn saving some on your electricity. A 60 watt CFL bulb uses approximately 13 watts of energy.
Have You Tried LED Bulbs?
How about trying LED bulbs. They are better than CFL’s at saving electricity and have virtually no heat output. While their initial costs are more to purchase, you will save more in the long term. As these types of bulbs become more popular and the sales increase the costs will go down.
LED vs CFL Bulbs
Cut Electric Use With Your Appliances
How about your appliances? While they use their share of the electricity, it is more about how they are used. Take your TV for example, do you leave it on all day whether someone is watching it or not? Turn it off. Do you leave your computer on all day? Set it to go into hibernation or sleep mode after a short period of non-use. When you go back to it moving the mouse will wake it up. You could also just turn off the computer if you will be away from for a longer period of time.
These tips are only some of the things you can do to reduce the costs of your electricity bill. Other things could be reducing the heat of the sun through your windows to cut the load on your Air Conditioning. Or maybe increasing the suns heat load into the home to help in heating your interior in the winter.