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Reduce Your Electric Bill

Updated on April 4, 2011

energy saving tips

Use these energy saving tips in your home,and save on your electric bill.Literally shave a couple of hundred dollars off of your bill. You will be amazed on what little you can do to actually help!

dimmer switch

If you don't have a dimmer switch, get one installed. Use only the amount of light you need in a room.

don't waste electricity

When you leave a room, turn off the lights, TV, and what- ever else you may have on that you are not using.

change filters

Change the filters on your air cooling system often.

hang your clothes

Try hanging drying your clothes every now and then, or switch to a gas dryer. Fresh sunlight and a little natural breeze do wonders for your clothes.

do not use the a.c. when you are not home

 

Turn your cooler off when you are not at home, or set to 85.

do not skyrocket your energy use

 

Never have your air conditioner on with a window or doors open, if you do so, it makes your system work ten times harder to cool at the temp., and skyrockets your use.

weather strip

 

Weather strip around doors, and windows, make sure everything is sealed. You do not want any air leaks.

window tint

 

Consider putting a reflective window tint or window film in.

light bulbs

 

Use energy efficient light bulbs.

grill outdoors

 

Consider more grilling outdoor, instead of on an electric stove .Close the blinds and curtains in your rooms that are not in use. You may use natural sunlight, if needed instead of artificial light though. (It keeps the heat from the sun out, thus allowing your cooling system to work easier).

microwave

 

Use the microwave instead of the stove when you can. The stove can heat up a house fast, and in turn, make your A.C. work harder to cool off your home. One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your electric, is make that A.C. pump harder.

unplug

 

Unplug anything that is not in use. Sometimes, even if it is not in use, and it is plugged in, it uses energy.

dishes

 

Do not run your dishwasher unless it is fully loaded. Or you can consider doing dishes by hand.

appliances

 

Energy-efficient appliances really do help in the long run.

laundry

 

Consider using cold water for your laundry, unless it is really important for you to use hot water.

Avoid doing only partial loads of laundry.

if you have a pool

Install a timer on your pool pump, if you have one.

get an inspection

 

HVAC inspections cost around a hundred dollars. However, if they inspect and find a leak, you can save a considerable amount of money. They will check the homes heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

right size

 

Make sure your A.C. and heating system are the right size for your home. If your A.C./ heating system is too small, it can make your system pump harder. Again, one of the worst mistakes a person can take when trying to reduce their electric bill, is making the A.C. pump harder to cool off your home.

ceiling fan

 

Use a ceiling fan. Moving air tends to feel cooler, allowing for higher summertime thermostat settings.If you follow these small tips, you can save an enormous amount on your electric bill. If you don’t have solar panels, this is the way to go. Making small adjustments to your everyday life really do work. What you do with your electricity can add up. Be aware of the electricity you use every day. Do simple small things, such as what I listed, and little things you can add to this list.

lights

 

Do you need the lights on during the day? No you really do not need the lights on during the day in most places. Brighten up a room by opening the curtains, if need be.

picture this

Making small adjustments to your everyday life really do work. What you do with your electricity can add up. Be aware of the electricity you use every day. Do simple small things, such as what I listed, and little things you can add to this list.

Find different ways to use less electricity every day. Picture a dollar going to the electric company every time you turn something on. If you take a look around you, and see all of those dollars leaving, it could help you use less electricity.

Picture a dollar going into your pocket every time you turn something off, or unplug something in your house. Well it may not be a dollar, but it very well could be. Think of the money you will save.

Unless you have solar panels, these are your best options on saving with your electric bill.


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      Jalus 7 years ago

      Excellent information. Thanks for reminding me I need to get ready for summer now and fix some of my weather stripping!

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      LoraKayAlexander 7 years ago

      So helpful!

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