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Cutting The High Cost of Living: Saving Money On Electricity

Updated on March 21, 2011


In a time when money seems to be going out faster than we can make it, money saving tips are all the rage.

Most of us think we have all the necessary information for saving money but sometimes a little refresher course can do all of us a lot of good.

Take electricity for instance. Examine some of these money-saving tips and see if there are some that might help you chop off a little bit of that monthly drain on your wallet.


Turn me on. If I'm a light and you turn me on, turn me off when you're done. It sounds like a simple enough concept but think about how often we leave lights on when "nobody's home."

Don't light up my life. Use table lamps for working rather than using overhead lights to see at your desk.

Be a dimwit. If you are using incandescent bulbs, use dimmer switches to use less light and thus save on electricity.

Trade up to fluorescent. If you're using incandescent bulbs, you can save lots of money over time by replacing them with compact fluorescent bulbs. The outlay is more but the savings are worth the investment.

TIP: Look for great deals on compact fluorescent bulbs at Costco and other warehouse stores. You can save a bundle by buying in bulk!



Keep it clean.  Lamps and fixtures need to be free of dust to function most efficiently.  Don't forget to clean frequently.

Cool it.  Turn down the AC (or move up the temp) and use more fans.  Open windows to get cross circulation through your home to cool it naturally.

Go on autopilot.  If you're gone, set AC to a higher temp and heat to a lower temp.  Program it to go to 75 in summer and 68 in winter when home.  That way you save money and you don't even have to think about it.

Here comes the sun.  Use the sun's natural heat in winter by letting in more light.  Use shades, blinds and curtains to block out the sun in hot weather to keep your home cooler. 

Vent-i-llate.  Ventillate to your heart's content in summer. Use the natural temperatures outside to cool your house or keep it at an even temperature. 

Some like it hot.  But not too hot in summer....Use dishwashers, ovens, washers and dryers in the coolest part of the day to reduce heat inside and keep the house cool.  Use alternatives to the oven like crock pots, toaster ovens or BBQ's for cooking.

The big chill.  Keep fridge temps from 2-5 degrees Celsius, 36-42 Fahrenheit.  Freezers should be -18 Celsius or 0 degrees Fahrenheit to run the most energy efficiently.

Spring thaw.  Defrost items from the freezer in the fridge ahead of time rather than using the microwave.

Take the heat off.  Turn down the speed on your hair dryer.  Save your scalp while saving on electricity.

Flip it off.  Turn off computers, printers, answering machines, cable TV converters, DVD players, TV's, radios etc. when not in use and unplug. You thus avoid the vampire effect of electricity.  Just because it's off doesn't mean it's not draining electricity.

Be full of it.  Only run dishwashers and washing machines when you have a full load if at all possible.  Air dry to save cash on your dishwasher's pull.  Wash clothing on cold to save money and dry on settings that sense when clothes are dry to avoid over-drying.  Use appropriate water levels for the clothes in the washer to save more money.

Get it right the first time.  Buy energy efficient appliances and save money from the get go.  Make sure you keep up with the maintenance on appliances and clean them periodically, removing dust from underneath, etc. to keep them running efficiently.  Anything running efficiently will save you money and use less energy.

you can put dimmer switches on just about anything
you can put dimmer switches on just about anything


There are many ways that we can all trim down our household expenses each and every month.  But an equally important factor is what we do to help save resources. 

By using less electricity, we contribute in our own way to being energy conscious and not using more than we need down to a person. 

We only get one shot at this thing called our planet and I believe if we all conserve here and there, it will have a cumulative powerful effect on reducing waste and making the world a better place. 

Thinking of green ways as well such as solar panels and alternative methods of heating and cooling are vital green strategies that are becoming more and more prevalent.  Embrace these whenever possible and investigate alternatives to "standard" electricity sources.

It doesn't hurt that these things will also put money back into your wallet by cutting your costs. 

If you have more money saving ideas on how to save money on electricity, please share them below in the comments section.


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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Medor - Totally with you on that and good luck in your striving to cut the high cost of electricity!! We keep fine tuning ours!

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      medor 6 years ago from Michigan, USA

      great ideas.. we just moved into a home and I am constantly looking for energy drains on the the idea of using the sun to heat up the house and using heat producing appliances in the cool of the day... thanks..

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      MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

      My pleasure.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Marlo - thanks so much for the rating and glad you found it informative!

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      MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

      Excellent Hub! I rated this 'useful'. Great point about unplugging electronics. I do that all of the time, and unfortunately, many people do not know that. ~Marlo

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Hanna - here too - what isn't going up these days? Oh...our paychecks!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for good advice. Just what I needed. Electricity in England is going through the roof.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      KKG - Most definitely....hoping it helps!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great electricity saving tips. We can all use a little help.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Glad you liked, Prasetio and would be honored if you show to your class!

      Karen Ray - I hear you - we get super hot here in summer but thankfully we cool way down at night so we cycle the air through our home. It really works!

      Cheapsk8chick - I hear you, hear you, hear you....we are still freezing here in Central Oregon - but SOON!

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      Awesome tips! We're getting ready for spring and hoping to soon have all windows open and with daylight savings time we can have less lights on! Bring on the warmer weather & bring on open windows, clotheslines, and NO MORE TREADMILL!

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      Karen Ray 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great information - needed a reminder as we are soon to go into air conditioner weather where I live, which means high electric bills.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I also taught about this to my student yesterday for science lesson. How they have to save the energy especially for electricity. I'll show this hub to them. Thanks for writing this. Rated up!


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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Wow Will - Will have to definitely look into that! Thanks so much for sharing that bit of priceless information!!!

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We invested in an energy management system which paid for itself in about a year. It works by limiting usage of high energy demand items like clothes dryers and water heaters.

      It took some getting used to, but it has saved us thousands.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      I hear you Darski - we have someone coming to do an energy assessment for us in April - that might help! We shall see.....

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Thank you Audrey, I am doing the ideas you have suggested and it has cut my bills down some, however each year the utility company raises their prices just like the cost of food and everything else. Love you, great hub rate up, love & peace darski