How To Save Money On Electric Bills

March 5th, 2011  | Published in Featured, TIPS








Electricity bulb 150x150 How To Save Money On Electric BillsElectric bills are a headache every month, and we often make resolution to take a control over that but really find it hard to check out the things to take care. If you really are tired of paying huge electric bills or simply would like to improve the environment by using less energy, then you will benefit from these few tips. Changing a few habits can save energy and cut your electric bills.

  • When you leave a room, turn off the light. Avoid using more light than you need. Few activities require turning on every lamp in the room. Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs like compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). When compared to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, over its lifetime a CFL will last ten times longer and save significant amount on electric bills.

 

  • Moderate the temperature inside by turning the air conditioner or furnace up to five degrees above or below your normal setting. For example, if you normally set your air conditioner to 70 degrees, change it to 75 degrees. You may need to shed your socks and put on shorts or a tank top, but you will see a significantly smaller electric bill. In the winter, put on a sweater or thicker socks before turning down the heat. Being conservative with your home’s temperature is one of the easiest ways to save energy.

 

  • Use less hot water. Wash clothes with warm or cold water. Only run the dishwasher with a full load, and turn off the “heated dry” cycle; most dishes will dry naturally from the heat remaining inside the dishwasher. Use slightly cooler water in the shower and shower quickly. Wash your hands and face and brush your teeth with cold water.

 

  • Buy products marked with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star. Products boasting the Energy Star rating meet the strict energy saving standards. Using them will lower your electric bills.

 

  • Install insulation to prevent cold and hot air from seeping in and out of the house. Hanging insulating drapes will save energy. Wrap the water heater in insulation and paint your ceilings and walls with insulating paint that reflects heat back into the room. Adding insulation to exterior walls will definitely save energy, but requires significant expense. Insulating just the attic is a cheaper alternative that will cut your energy bills.

 

  • Track your electricity bills every month for the amount of units consumed and check which products are heavily used in your home, try to cut down by tracking and maintain those products. Almost with all electrical appliances you can check the units consumed on per hour usage basis.

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