June 4, 2021
Getting your monthly electric bill can be disheartening, especially when you are not sure where it all went. Since electricity is a necessity that cannot be avoided, one must figure out a way to keep the cost down. Here are a few habits to pick up that can help you live contently and keep your electric costs down.
The largest electrical expense is heating and cooling your home. Reduce your energy consumption by setting your thermostat back about 15 degrees when you are asleep or out of your home. This will lower your heating and cooling costs annually. For extra precaution, make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly so you can conserve the temperature in your home.
A simple habit to adopt that can save some cash spent on your monthly bill is turning off light switches every time you leave a room. Avoid keeping lights on in rooms that no one is in. You can also open your blinds and curtains to maximize natural lighting during the daytime.
When your current light bulbs burn out, replace them with high-efficiency LED light bulbs that use less electricity to run. Normal or incandescent light bulbs can take up a lot more energy. LED light bulbs are a minor investment that is worth a couple of extra dollars and will save you a good amount in the long run.
A dryer is one of the bigger appliances in your home that uses a great deal of electricity quickly. Although a dryer is needed in the winter, make the most of the sunshine in the summer to hang dry your freshly washed clothes. Setting up a clothesline or rack may seem like a big task, but there are many ways to do it easily and cost-effectively. Even just hanging your wet clothes in front of your window will cut out the need to use a dryer when you do your weekly laundry.
This may seem like an unnecessary extra effort, but some charging ports and appliances tend to use electricity when they are left idle. Appliances left on standby power can use up to 10% of an average household’s annual electricity. Simply get in the habit of unplugging appliances (microwaves, lamps, power strips, and others) and not just turning them off.
These are only a few habits that are easy to pick up and won’t be a major disruption to your lifestyle. By simply adopting these habits and making a few small investments, you can lower your energy use in your home.