How Can I Save Money On Electricity?
Your Electric Bill
Most people who pay the electricity bills will switch off the lights when they are not in the room, but they also think that this is where saving electricity starts and ends. There are so many ways to reduce your electricity bill without making major changes to your life, or sitting in the dark.
Always check to see if you are getting the best deal from your energy supplier, and if you're not, make the switch. Switching energy suppliers isn't nearly as much hassle as it used to be and if you're confused about tariffs and deals, ask the person you are speaking to, they will be able to explain it to you in plain English.
Because companies want you to switch to them, they do a lot of the boring admin and legwork, so don't worry about that. One thing I will mention is that when compare prices online, use more than one comparison site.
That might sound like a lot of hassle, but it is the best way to get the best deal. Comparison sites are actually owned by big companies and they will promote their products and services first, and they are paid to promote others.
Switch Off at the Mains
Switching things off at the plug can save around 12% on your electricity bill. Things that don't need to be left on such as microwaves, computers, TVs etc can be switched off at the plug to save you cash. Most people leave their microwave on all of the time, purely because it has a clock on it, but you probably have clocks all over your home, and even if you don't, you have one on your phone. Turn off all non-essential items at the plugs and watch your bill shrink.
A Smart Meter
Smart meters are a great way of seeing exactly what you are spending, they have put an end to estimated bills. You can also see which of your household items costs the most to run, when the red light comes on, you know that is an expensive item.
Know Your Most Expensive Appliances to run
If you don't have a smart meter, knowing which appliances cost you the most money will give you the chance to see if you really need them or not, or whether you should use them less. The energy company Npower compiled a list of every day household items and what they cost to run here
Only Boil the Water you Need
Anyone who has a smart meter will have seen the glowing red light of danger that comes on when you boil the kettle. A kettle is a high energy item and should be used sparingly and carefully, so only boil what you need if you want to save money.
A slightly more extreme money saving idea is to boil a full kettle of water and keep it in a flask if you have one. This means you won't have to keep boiling the kettle throughout the day, but you can still have a hot cup of tea or coffee.
Some people even heat water on the stove or in the microwave because these ways are cheaper than a kettle apparently!
Fill up your Kitchen items
Doing a full load of washing is much more efficient than doing two half loads, the same applies for drying. So always make sure that your washer and dryer are full. This is also better for the washing machine, according to an engineer I had out to fix mine, under loading the washing machine is worse then over loading it.
The same goes for your fridge and freezer, if they are full, they are more energy efficient, so even if you haven't got enough food to fill them, put things like face creams, lotions and even towels in there to keep them full.
Turn Down the Heat
Turning down the heat on your washing machine doesn't mean you have to live with dirty clothes, the motion of the water and the detergent do most of the work. 30 degrees is more than enough for day to day laundry that isn't majorly filthy, I do mine on twenty and everything is clean and smells great. The things that costs the most when running your washing machine is heating the water, so turning down the heat can save you cash.
Also, spinning your clothes to remove as much water as possible will help reduce the time they need to be in the tumble dryer, which is one of the biggest energy consumers in the house.
Dry Your Washing Outside
This might sound like an obvious one, but so many people still use the dryer, even on a sunny day. And line drying is not just for sunny days, windy days are great for line drying, just make sure that you have pegged all of your clothes on the line very securely, you don't want anything blowing away!
Don't Charge Things Overnight
Your phone doesn't take 8 hours to charge so most of this is just a waste of electricity, charge things before you go to bed and turn them off when they are fully charged. You're not using your phone, or laptop or anything else like that when you are asleep, so it won't lose charge, you'll have plenty of battery life left for the day.
If you fall asleep with the TV on (nothing wrong with that) You should put it on timer, most TVs have one. Give it an hour and a half or something like that and it will switch itself off. If you're still awake at this time, just turn it back on. It just saves the TV from being on all night.
Make Your Electricity Bill Smaller
There are so many ways to save electricity that you don't have to make sacrifices or disrupt your whole life, small changes can really add up to big savings. One of the main things you need to do is identify where you are spending a lot of money and then try to reduce the outgoings in those areas.
Saving money on electricity can allow you to have a little bit more cash for the things that you want.