If you want to save some money, you need to cut costs, and the best place to start is your home. Make some changes around the house in order to lower the electricity usage. You can even cut the electric bill in half, which will save you money, but conserving energy is also good for the environment. These few tips can be very useful in keeping down the electric bill.
- Lowe the thermostat of the water heater:
Even though most water heaters are set to default 140 °F, 120°F is enough for your needs of hot water. You may lower it even more, if you live in some warmer area.
- Insulate the water heater:
To keep heat from getting away, you should insulate the water heater. In return you, you`ll savings will grow because, along with refrigerators, water heaters consume the most energy in the house.
- Go solar:
Invest some money to install solar panel, because on the long ran it will be the most efficient way to keep the electricity bill down. The initial investment is maybe high, but you`ll save thousands over the years.
- Switch to LED:
Replace the ordinary light bulbs with LED lights. Since 2008, they are pretty cheap and more efficient, plus they are green because they don`t contain mercury.
- Use the oven only when necessary:
Use the toaster oven, the microwave or the electric skillet instead, all of them are more energy-efficient that the oven.
- Ceiling or electric fans:
Replace the air-conditioners with ceiling or electric fans since they consume much less energy, no more than a standard light bulb.
- Block the sunlight:
Put on drapes, blinds or shades to prevent too much sunlight and heat entering your home- this will only increase the need of the air conditioner and heat the other appliances, making them work harder, which means more electricity consumption.
- Unplug the appliances and devices when not in use:
Did you know that the TV or the computer continue to use electricity even when they are off, only because they are plugged in? If you are going away for a few days, unplug all the devices, especially the heaters and the AC.
- Turn the lights off
When you leave a room, turn off the lights. Limit the light usage and try to rely on the natural light in your home.
- Use hot water only when necessary
Don`t use hot water for every single thing. Most of the times, the laundry or the dishes can be washed with cold water.
- Dimmer switches:
Install dimmer switches to adjust the intensity of the light according to your needs. You don`t need the light bulb at full power all the time.
- Clean the fridge and the AC
Cleaning the filters of the AC and the coils of the fridge will allow them to run more efficiently, using less energy.