Turn Off And Unplug
Everyone knows that turning lights off when you leave a room can save electricity, but did you know that unplugging things you aren’t using can also reduce that bill, too?
It’s true. Unplugging things you don’t use all the time like phone chargers, TVs, toasters, etc. will reduce your electricity consumption and lower your monthly bill. Of course, you’ll want to keep the refrigerator plugged in all the time, but consider buying timed surge protectors and/or outlet additions that automatically turn off appliances when you’re not home.
Change The Light Bulbs
If you turn the lights on as soon as the sun begins to set, you may want to consider changing out the light bulbs around your home with greener options. For example, fluorescent light bulbs use less electricity, making them better for the environment and better for your wallet. Once you’ve replaced all the bulbs in your home, try reducing their usage to save even more.
Newer appliances tend to be more energy efficient than older models. While it’s not always possible to upgrade major appliances, making upgrades to many smaller appliances can make a difference too. Think about upgrading appliances such as computers, TVs, blenders, toasters, etc. to begin saving on your monthly electric bill.
Air conditioners and furnaces use filters to clean the air. When these filters get full, it causes the appliance to work harder to heat and cool your home. You may think you’re saving money by not changing the filters out regularly, but ultimately, you’re actually spending more money on electricity than you’re saving on not buying new filters.
Cool Your Home Naturally
Cooling your home with air conditioning uses a lot of electricity. While it’s almost impossible to go without air conditioning on extremely hot days, try to cool your home naturally on more temperate days. Open windows and use fans to draw hot air out and block the sun from streaming in through windows to keep rooms cool. The longer you can put off turning the air on, the less your electric bill will be.
Just because we use electricity for almost everything we do doesn’t mean your electric bill has to be intimidating. The above tips are but a few of the ways you can reduce the cost of your monthly electric bill. Put these tips into action now to begin seeing a reduction in energy costs as soon as next month.