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16 Ways to Save Money on Electricity

Updated on April 25, 2015

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Use small appliances whenever possible. Microwaves, toaster ovens and crock-pots are my favorite.
  5. Purchase energy efficient appliances. This is an easy way to save money for years to come.
  6. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.
  7. Wash most clothing in cold water.
  8. Line dry your clothing - or at least the heavy items like jeans or hoodies.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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%
  13. Wash your hands in cold water. It is the soap that kills the germs, not the temperature of the water.
  14. 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.
  15. Unplug everything (except fridge and freezer) when you go on vacation.
  16. 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.


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      SaveOnAnything 6 years ago

      saving electricity can save money! definitely right! a very helpful advice!

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      Jeni 6 years ago

      Hi I live in Northern NSW Australia I have a few helpful hints for energy saving.

      1. Every alternate day in summer turn off your hot water service tank which is hooked up to electricity. As over summer you do not need the water so hot.

      2. Use your gas BBQ to cook on with the domed lid as your oven and the side wok burner for all other cooking.No need for an exhaust fan nor lighting as it is all done outside in the cool in summer.Saves a lot on energy.I use all cast iron cook ware to retain heat on my barbie.

      3.Since using a Centre meter I have been able to reduce my electricity bill by $100.00 a quarter.

      4. Install solar hot water if u live in a warm zone as it is an enormous saving.

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      Jennifer, I can't tell you how glad I am to find this helpful article. My electricity bill was so ridiculous last month, I've been considering candlelight!

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      heymcs 7 years ago from Utah and DC

      Loved your hub and the sensible (and easy) tips to saving energy. Taking advantage of natural light and cooking multiple items at once are great ideas. In the summer, we often leave our windows open at night - cooling the house - and capturing the coolness before it gets very hot.

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      Habby 7 years ago from College Station, Texas

      I'm so glad I read this before my family and I head into another Texas summer. Our bills last summer (which is usually May through October - no joke) were some of the highest we've ever had. Seriously, it hurt my feelings whenever I would open the bill each month.

      Thanks for your tips. I've been doing some of these but had not heard about the deep freezer tip or the over tip. I definitely prize efficiency, so I'm going to give these a try, especially the oven one. Thanks!

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      streetsmart 8 years ago from San Francisco, California

      my electricity bill at home is way too much for a small studio apartment with two people. maybe we are just not paying too much attention to small common sense things like unplugging appliances that are not in use. thanks for this.

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      ellejune98 8 years ago

      what about all the air freshners plug in? my husband is addictied to them.

      do they use a lot of electricity?

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      rambo87 9 years ago

      Thanks for these tips, I have been looking at ways to reduce my energy bills recently as bills are far too expensive! Hopefully some of these tips can help me reduce my costs and save some money!!

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      David Joe 9 years ago

      A helpful advice! saving energy is a good solution and using renewable energy is the other choice today!