16 Ways to Save Money on Electricity
With the rising costs of electricity, people are becoming more and more concerned about saving money on their electric bill. As people become more aware of the environmental impact they are having on the planet, they are more willing to try to reduce their electricity consumption, which will in turn save you money. Whatever your reasons, there are plenty of ways to conserve electricity and save money on your electric bill.
- Use the sun as natural light rather than turning on lamps and overhead lights. This saves money on your electric bill and allows you to replace your bulbs less frequently. Sit by a window or use a bathroom with natural light during the day.
- Switch to compact flourescent light bulbs. These bulbs save a lot of energy over time and are so much better for the environment. You can purchase these in bulk at wholesale stores for much cheaper than your local retail store sells them.
- Cook more than one thing at a time in the oven. I plan my meals so that I can use my oven for several different things at a time. I also frequently make muffins for breakfast when I am cooking dinner. This way I almost always only turn my oven on once a day.
- Use small appliances whenever possible. Microwaves, toaster ovens and crock-pots are my favorite.
- Purchase energy efficient appliances. This is an easy way to save money for years to come.
- Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.
- Wash most clothing in cold water.
- Line dry your clothing - or at least the heavy items like jeans or hoodies.
- Keep your freezer 3/4s full. If you don't have enough food to do this fill 2-liter bottles or milk jugs with water to take up space. This will also act as an emergency water supply if you lose power.
- Wrap your hot water heater in an energy saving blanket. You can purchase these for around $15 and they are very easy to place on your water heater. They insulate the tank so that the water heater will maintain the temperature longer without it running all the time.
- Turn the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees. This temperature will still kill germs, however your hot water heater will not have to use as much energy to keep it hot.
- The biggest energy users in your home are the heating and cooling systems. Keeping your heat low in the winter and keeping the air conditioner high in the summer will save electricity all year. For every degree that you lower your thermostat in the winter, it will reduce your energy bill by 2%
- Wash your hands in cold water. It is the soap that kills the germs, not the temperature of the water.
- Have you ever heard of energy vampires? These are items in your home that are using energy, even when they aren't on. Things like the computer, TV, VCR, appliances, etc use small amounts of energy at all times so that they can be ready to turn on at any moment. Unplug them whenever possible. You can even plug several items into a power strip and just flip the switch when not in use.
- Unplug everything (except fridge and freezer) when you go on vacation.
- Finally, consider having an energy audit done. Energy audits can be very helpful in pointing areas where you could save electricity.
I would venture to guess that almost everyone can reduce their electric consumption somehow. And the less electricity you use, the lower your monthly bills are going to be. Using less energy directly translates into saving money.