Have you ever received an electric bill that was a lot more than you expected? It can happen to anyone, no matter how diligent you are at turning off the lights. Here are a few ways to save energy and help avoid those high electric bills!
1. Turn off the heat dry option on your dishwasher
Many dishwashers have an option for “heat dry” meaning it will dry with hot air rather than regular. This option will use more electricity to create the hot water/air. The dishes don’t need the hot air to dry them. By turning off this option you can save a good amount throughout the year.
2. Unplug things
This really is a “duh” kind of statement. However, many people do not do this. If you aren’t using something, unplug it. If you’re not using your phone charger all day, but use it at night, then unplug it all day. Plugged in items, even when not in use, will use electricity and it can add up over the course of a year.
To help in unplugging things, you can purchase devices that will plug in to your normal two plug outlet and turn it into 6 plugs. You can then unplug this entire device when the items aren’t being used.
3. Keep lights off
This one is another no-brainer, however, many people use lights all day long. If it is sunny outside, or the room has enough light, try to keep the lights off. Using LED energy star nightlights in rooms that do not have windows at night can also help knock dollars off that that electricity bill.
4. White roof
This one is a bit costly, however, if you are in need of a new roof, or are replacing yours, go with white! Studies have shown that white roofs keep cold air in aiding in reducing the amount of time that your air conditioner runs during the hot months.
5. Heat proof your windows
Even in a home with decent windows that aren’t drafty, you can heat proof your windows with plastic window sealing kits. This will tremendously help in keeping that heat inside so that your heater is not running too often.
6. Change your filter
Many people don’t even know how to do this, but your filter can fill with dust quickly, making it work harder to heat and cool your home. During the summer months it doesn’t need to be changed as often, but during the winter months you should change this filter every two weeks to avoid a dust build up and allow your heater to run efficiently.
7. Purchase energy star appliances
Over time you will need to replace your appliances. Be sure to purchase appliances that are labeled “energy star”. These will use less energy in a variety of ways and over time will save you a lot of money on that electricity bill.
8. Buy in bulk
You can find some truly amazing deals on light bulbs on Amazon. It may cost more out of pocket up front, but you’ll pay less per bulb and save a ton of money in the long run! Fluorescent bulbs, in particular, are extremely energy efficient and last a long time.
9. Lower the temperature
Lower the temperature on both your water heater and the thermostat (or turn it up in the summer). Just a few degrees can have a significant impact on your electric bill.
10. Cook outside
In the summer months, cook outside instead of using your kitchen appliances. The hottest part of the day is late afternoon, which is right around dinnertime. Your air conditioner is already working overtime to keep the house cool, so try to avoid turning on the oven if you can. A crockpot is also a great way to avoid using the oven!