Where we live, everything runs on electricity: heating, cooling, stove, lights… the list goes on in on. There is no way to tap into natural gas, so a few homes have propane for heating and cooking, but most houses are strictly run on electricity. That can make your electric bill very, very high. I am always looking for ways to save money, especially when it comes to my electric bill, and especially in the winter months when I have to run the heat.
Here are my tips to help you save money on your electric bill:
- Unplug Unused Items – Cell phone chargers, hair dryers, the toaster, etc. Even when they’re not being used, these items are still sucking energy and raising your electric bill! – Turn off electronics when you’re not using them. This includes things like computers, televisions, and even lights. It may seem like a small thing, but turning off electronics when you’re not using them can save you a lot of money on your electric bill.
- Turn Off Those Lights! – Get in the habit of turning off lights when you leave a room, or just keep the lights off and use as much natural light as possible. This is such an easy way to help you save money on your electric bill. When you’re not using a light, turn it off by flipping the switch. This will help reduce your energy consumption and save you money on your electric bill.
- Shades Up/Shades Down – On warm days, draw the shades to prevent the sunlight from warming up the house. If it’s cold outside, open the shades to let the light into the room and help warm things up.
- Use Energy Star Appliances – Appliances with a higher energy star rating can help with your overall electric costs. They are definitely worth the investment in the long run. Lowes has an excellent selection of appliances, and with these Lowes promo codes, you can save up to 35% on your next appliance!
- Don’t Just Set It & Forget It! Don’t just leave your thermostat at a constant temperature. If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of it! Turn the temperature up (or down, depending on the weather), any time you leave the house, or at night.
- Keep Your Fridge Full – I know this sounds crazy, but the food in your fridge acts like an insulator so your fridge doesn’t have to run so hard to keep things cool. And don’t leave the fridge door hanging open. Every time you open the door, it makes the fridge work harder and that raises your bill.
- Run the Dishwasher Only When It’s Full & Air Dry Your Dishes Whenever Possible. This is pretty self-explanatory, but this simple step will help you save money on your electric bill. Whenever possible, run your dishwasher only when it is full, and air dry your dishes whenever possible. This will reduce the amount of water used in the dishwasher and save you money on your electric bill.
- Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water – It’s a great way to save energy, and your clothes will still be clean!
- Set Your Water Heater Temperature to 120*. With one click of a dial, you can prevent scalding and high energy costs!
- Stove or Microwave? If you have a choice, go for the microwave! It can actually use up to 90% less energy than your stove!
- Make It a Family Affair – Offer rewards and incentives when your kids do their part to help keep the electricity bill down.
These easy tips will help you save money on your electric bill, and you can put that money toward something you want – or maybe even toward a family vacation!