Tips to reduce your electricity bill

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Aside from improving your carbon footprint and conscious, being diligent on how you use your electrical appliances will also affect your electricity bill. Take a few simple ways to achieve this leaving you with more money in your pocket for your next holiday!


Service the air conditioning.


In a hot climate the use of air conditioning can be unavoidable. Generally assumed to the main culprit in electricity bills, air conditioning clocks up a lot of units. By ensuring that the air conditioning is regularly cleaned and working in tip top order will not only provide fresher air but will also result in it being more efficient. At night use a timer too to automatically switch it off should you be waking in the morning with a bit of a chill.


Replace older appliances.


Whilst it may seem wasteful to throw out perfectly functioning appliances and replace with shinier new versions, remember the latest technologies means that new models will be more energy efficient. Plus your electricity bill will be reduced each month too. As for your old appliances, fret not as many of these can be recycled for another use.


Use natural room cooling techniques.


Black out curtains and blinds save from your fittings and furniture from discolouring, plus they have the added benefit of protecting from the heat of the sun too. Black out liners can easily be fitted to existing curtains, and you should take advantage of their natural cool qualities to avoid having to crank up the air conditioning or coming home to a sauna-like living room.


Check the temperature setting of your water.


It is a costly exercise to heat water for your shower to then cool it down with the cold mixer tap because it is too hot. By reducing the temperature from scolding hot to a temperature that suits you, will have an immediate impact on your electricity usage, not to mention the affect it has on the planet as your electricity consumption reduces.


Install solar panels.


This option may not be for everyone for its somewhat costly measures, but there’s nothing better than running on solar power for the environment and for your wallet. If you wish to cut your energy savings by more than 75%, this is the way to go.


Get a windmill.


Well, this one might be tricky, but if you’re in a position to do this, planet earth will give you a big thumbs up. Naturally created energy is not only good for the environment, but once set up cost are accounted for, it costs you nothing.


Keep your temperature steady.


Set your thermostat 2 degrees lower in the winter and 2 degrees higher in the summer. 72-74 degrees in the summer and 70-72 degrees in winter are suggested temperatures to set your thermostat to.


Check out energy saving apps.


Apps like kill-ur-watts will not only keep track of how much energy you use, but give tips, advice, and resources to saving moolah each month on your energy bill.


Insulate your water heater.


Adding a little extra love around your water heater can return huge savings. It’s estimated your fridge and water heater are the prime energy suckers in the home.


Tune up your fridge.


Having your fridge receive regular maintenance checks will keep the coils running clean, saving you hundreds of dollars a year.


Install a low-flow restrictor.


Suppressing the amount of water used will help your hot water heater from sucking more energy out of your pocket.


Install dimmer switches.


Adjusting the amount of light you need will not only set a certain mood, but will allow you to use the most appropriate amount of energy.


Wash clothes on cold.


When you add hot water to anything, you’re enlisting the help of your water heater.


Use effective cook ware.


Glass cookware cooks better than aluminum or others.


Thaw food.


Having food thawed before cooking, will not only save time, but help reduce the amount of heat it takes to fully cook.


Regularly maintain your AC.


Keeping your AC tuned and clean will ensure it runs as efficiently as possible.


Change your air filters regularly.


Dirty air filters clog free flowing air, and make your AC work harder.


Close your chimney flue.


If you have a wood burning fireplace, make sure it’s closed in the summer.


Air dry dishes.


Instead of running the dishwasher, try air drying.


Insulate your garage door.


Adding insulation to your garage door will keep heat and cool air in.


Check your weather strips.


Energy savings could be seeping right out the front door with air leaks. Checking or replacing worn weather strips can help save on energy costs.


Clean your windows.


Allowing as much natural sun to come through will heat up the house.


Cook on a fire pit.


Barbequing is a great past time. However, try doing Dutch-oven cooking once in a while.


Reduce microwave use.


If you can eat more salads, fruits, and vegetables, you’re not only being healthier, using little energy to cook.


Use fans over air conditioner.


If you can manage delaying turning on the AC, go for it. Same goes in the winter months. Use floor heaters and blankets.


Turn off the lights.

When you leave a room, turn off the lights!


Open windows.


In the summer, opening windows in the early morning will cool the house without cranking the air conditioning yet.


Turn off the fans.


If you’re AC is running, there’s no need to have two energy sources going at the same time.


Reduce TV watching time.


Especially those of us with young kids, TV watching is not only a waste on energy, but children need to be focused on a variety of activities anyway.


Hang dry clothes.


If possible, hang dry towels, sheets, and other items that take a lot of energy to dry. Clothes dryer uses a lot of energy and produces heat. Use sunlight to dry your clothes.


Rearrange appliances.


Having major appliances next to each other can double the amount of energy being emitted. If your washer and dryer are next to your water heater, if possible, consider moving them.


Buy energy star appliances.


Keeping your 1980’s freezer in the garage from your mother is guzzling down money compared to top quality and energy efficient appliances nowadays.


Install energy efficient windows.


Installing energy efficient windows is another great way to save on your energy bill. There are also often tax rebates and other discounts available for going green.


Turn off the porch light.


There’s nothing more comforting than driving through your neighborhood, seeing everyone’s porch lights illuminating the way home. Beautiful, yes, but a big waste of energy. Putting your outdoor lights on a timer will balance comfort vs. savings.


Change your bulbs.


Switching to energy efficient light bulbs are a great start to saving on your energy bill. Not only will that reduce the amount of watts used, but they last a lot longer too.


Unplug appliances when not in use.


If you really don’t make toast that much, what’s the point in keeping it plugged in? The same goes for lap top plugs, phone chargers, etc…Most of us leave these plugged in until we need them again, wasting energy. Whatever doesn’t require present power, try to unplug it.


Cook with lids on.


This will enable your food to properly cook in the sufficient time allotted, and not waste more energy with unnecessary heat escaping.


Shut the door.


It might sound obvious, but the amount of heat or air escaping when you chat with your neighbor through an open door, leave accessible for pets to meander in and out, or the constant traffic caused by kids sneaking snacks in between water fights, fluctuates your heating or cooling’s consistent flow.


Take advantage of off-peak rates.


Most electric companies offer off-peak reduced rates that you can use to run your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or air conditioner that consume lot of energy.


Run dishwasher full loads.


Always run your dishwasher full loads. Full loads use the same amount of energy and hot water as smaller loads.


Use sleep mode.


Spend a few extra money to buy computer peripherals like scanner, printer that goes into sleep mode automatically or turn off when it isn’t being used.


Keep your vents open.


Some people believe that closing a vent can reduce energy consumption by preventing a need to heat or cool a particular room. That’s actually a myth. Closing vents can actually raise your energy costs.


Ditch old fridge.


Old refrigerators consume a lot of electricity. If you’re still using it, just get rid of it. You can end up saving money by replacing it with a new one. If you have multiple refrigerators, try scaling down to one.


Keep blinds or shades closed.


The sun can really heat up the room when blinds or shades are kept open. Your air conditioner will use more energy to cool down your home.


Plant shady landscape.


Shady landscape will protect your home from scorching heat which will reduce your air-conditioning costs in summers and block high winds that will reduce you heating costs during winters.




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