Don’t Let it ZAP Your Pocketbook! 15 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

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15-ways-to-lower-your-electric-billIt depends on where you live but the summer can bring on BIG electric bills.. Lowering your electric bill is easy when following the simple tips below.

1. Use natural lighting. Open the blinds and curtains, and let the light shine in! Also, replace your incandescent light bulbs with the higher efficiency fluorescent bulbs. They use less than half the amount of energy!

2. Insulate! Heat rises, so insulate your attic to save some cash.

3. Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees. There’s really no reason to have it any higher than that, and it’ll save you more than you may realize.

4. Turn off lights when they’re not in use. Yes, this is an obvious one, but it’s something many of us forget about from time to time.

5. When the weather is nice, take the time to hang your clothes out to dry. Even if you just do a few loads a week this way, the savings will add up quickly.

6. Get rid of the major energy-suckers. A few things are taking up energy and you may not even realize it: TVs, VCRs, computers, and even microwaves. Plug these items into a power strip and then turn the power strip off when not in use.

7. Wash clothes in cold water when at all possible.

Also see: Take Your Heating Bill Down a Notch in 6 Easy Steps

8. Shop for Energy Star bulbs and appliances. It’s not realistic for everyone to just go out and buy all new appliances today to save money on their electricity bill. However, when it’s time for a new refrigerator, shop Energy Star appliances. They’re designed to be more efficient and will save you money in the long run.

9. Try to avoid using the air conditioner, unless it’s realllly hot. Use fans instead, when possible.

10. Keep the refrigerator set at between 36 to 42° F. Set the freezer at 0° F. Lower temperatures increase power consumption.

11. Install a programmable thermostat. You can automatically lower (or raise, depending on the season) the temperature at night.

12. Caulk the windows. If you live in an older home, to seal up air leaks.

13. Light a candle. In small rooms like the bathroom, a candle can provide enough light to do your business. :)

14. Turn off the heated dry option on your dishwasher. You may not even know that button is pushed.

15. Don’t turn on the lights.  Often it’s simply a habit to turn on the lights when you enter a room.  Start being mindful of it you actually NEED the lights to do what you are in the room for.  I find I often do not need the extra light.

How do you save money on utilities?

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  1. judy gregory says

    we live in the deep south temps already over 90. biggest power saver,,, junk the CENTRAL. we switched to window units 2 yrs ago. kept central at 74 now keep units at 68. savings– was 240$ now 110$ and we are MORE comfortable. our largest unit uses app. the same power as a coffee maker. if your serious about saving $$$ and your carbon footprint this one change is bigger than all the little changes anyone could make.

  2. Laurel Longoria says

    We live in an apartment with everything running on electricity. Just got our current bill and it’s $204. Nothing here is insulated; thin walls, and do NOT have dual or even triple paned windows. I do my best to keep them covered for my way of insulation in the living room, and most of what windows we DO have here do NOT have screens. The A/C is programmable and I tend to keep it at 77 to 80 degrees F. Any suggestions?

  3. Carrie says

    For hot seasons:
    Hang wet sheets in doorways, or wet towels over cracked windows.
    Keep windows covered (bubblewrap insulation works well) during the day and wide open at night.
    Try to use the microwave more than the oven.
    Use the BBQ.

    For cold seasons:
    Bundle up, and wear shoes everywhere. Cold feet make for a cold body. And cold floors suck.
    Eat hot meals, hot drinks, conserve energy and cuddle.
    Don’t be afraid of the throw blanket.
    Get up, get moving. Clean the house, do some repairs, finish the basement. Or rip out 40 year old carpet like I did…
    When finished using the oven crack the door and use the heat to warm up the house.
    When using the oven add a brick to absorb heat. When hot wrap in a thin towel or old t-shirt and use to keep anything warm, from feet to bellies to bread.
    Make a few palm size rice bags. Microwave until hot and use to keep hands, feet, or bellies warm when outside. One in a pants pocket helps with menstrual pain. It’s the only way I could stay in high school.

    For every day:
    Caulk everything.
    Remove trim and stuff insulation in the cracks.
    Remove outlet and light switch plates and add foam insulation dealies.
    Add weatherstripping.
    Install an indoor clothesline.
    Wash only large loads.
    When using the oven make sure the seal is in good condition.
    -shut the oven off a few minutes before the timer goes off. Keep the door closed and the leftover heat will finish cooking

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