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Some people want to be more energy efficient to help save the planet, and others just want their electric bill to stop going up every month. If you’re starting to cringe at the arrival of your monthly statement, here’s five easy ways to save money on your electricity bill.
No one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home, which makes the air conditioner the 500lb gorilla on your electric bill. The good news is if you can make more efficient use of the air conditioner it will make a noticeable difference on your monthly bill.
Here’s a few things you can do:
1. Change your air conditioning filter every 2-3 months
2. Use a programmable thermostat to limit use when not needed
3. Use ceiling fans (change fan direction in winter)
4. Close the blinds and curtains to reduce heat coming in
Reduce Wasted Energy
When you’re trying to save money on your electricity bill, one of the first and most important steps is to eliminate wasted energy. We’re not talking about poor or inefficient use of appliances. We’re talking about spending money on energy that no one is using.
Here’s a few tips:
1. Everything plugged in draws energy. Unplug anything used infrequently.
2. Turn off all lights in rooms when empty.
3. Turn off computers and laptops instead of using sleep mode.
Use Large Appliances Efficiently
Your washing machine, dryer, and dish washer are among the largest appliances in your house, and also the most frequently used. You can help use them more efficiently with the following tips.
1. Only use full loads, instead of smaller more frequent use.
2. Try to use them in off-peak hours when energy is less expensive.
3. Wash clothes with cold water when possible to avoid heating water.
Reduce Oven Use
You don’t need to completely abandon your love of cooking, but you’ll want to take advantage of more energy efficient cooking methods when available. Microwaves, toaster ovens, and crock pots are far more energy efficient than your oven. Save the oven use for those special occasions, when the taste and texture really matter.
Take Shorter Showers
If you ever drift off standing in the shower as the steam and water engulf you, you’re not alone. It may relax you, but those long hot showers are contributing to your high electricity bill. You may not be ready to switch to cold showers, but you should definitely pay closer attention to how much time you and your family are using the hot water.
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