You need electricity for nearly everything in modern-day life. Most of us wouldn’t even know what to do with ourselves if we didn’t have electricity.
We wouldn’t be able to cook, watch TV, play games on a smartphone, work from home, or accomplish any of the other myriad tasks required by modern-day life.
Unfortunately, the high electric bill you receive each month confirms how much electricity you use to get by. Wouldn’t it be nice to see that bill shrink? Here are a few tips for reducing your electricity costs.
Reducing Electricity Use in the Kitchen
The refrigerator runs all the time and is one of the biggest electricity consumers in your home. Here are a couple of ways to ensure you aren’t using excess energy to cool it.
Make sure the seal around the door is completely airtight so that cold air can’t escape.
Ensure that the temperature is set to the correct temperature. This is usually 4 or 5 degrees Celsius for the fridge or between -15 and -18 for the freezer.
Reducing Electricity Use in the Laundry Room
The laundry room is a big one for two reasons. The large quantities of hot water consumed by the washing machine and the high amounts of electricity consumed by the dryer.
Reduce both of these with these easy tips.
First, wash most of your clothes in cold water. You can still use hot water for items up against your skin like socks and underwear. But washing in cold water is perfectly fine for other clothing items. In fact, it even helps to reduce fading and color bleeding.
Second, you can hang your clothes out on a clothesline and skip running the dryer. You’ll even get the bonus of fresh clothing that smells like the great outdoors!
Reducing Electricity Use in the Bathroom
The bathroom is another spot where you can save significantly on your power bill by cutting down on hot water usage.
Take showers instead of baths and make sure they are only a few minutes long. Make it even better by replacing your shower head with a low-flow one. These special shower heads can reduce water consumption by as much as half!
Reducing Electricity Use in Your Whole House
Talk to any licensed electrician and they’ll tell you that heating or cooling your home accounts for about 40% of your energy usage! That means this is a great place to start in your quest for a lower energy bill.
Set the thermostat at a reasonable temperature (18 and 21 degrees) and keep it there. Every degree lower or high (depending on the season) can add as much as 10% to your HVAC running costs.
Sitting Pretty With Your Electric Bill
You might never be overjoyed to see your electric bill when it comes. However, you can be excited about the savings you’ll see after implementing these tips and tricks.
Give it a try today!