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How to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

by B.Annie on April 9, 2018

Tired of high electric bills?  Try some of these tips and tricks to save money on your electric bill. 

Energy Audit

One of the best ways to start saving money on your electric bill is to have an energy audit. Frequently the electric company offers free energy audits. This means that an expert can come to your house take some readings and instruct you on ways to save money on electricity around the house. It’s a good idea to learn from an expert.  Especially when it’s free.

Electricity Is Cheaper At Night

One way to save electricity is to put a huge water jug in your freezer each night.  Your freezer is working hard turning that water into ice. But electricity is cheap at night. Every morning, move that block of ice into your refrigerator.  Your refrigerator takes it easy during the day because the block of ice is helping to keep everything cold. A good principle to remember is that electricity is cheaper late at night and in the early morning, so when possible, use appliances requiring electricity during that time period.

Your Parents Were Right

This one you’ve heard from your parents and you might say it yourself. Don’t open the refrigerator door and spend forever deciding what you want to eat. Decide what you want to eat first. Every time the door to the refrigerator is open, up to 30% of the cold air is released. Do you have a teenager in your house? Get ready to use that statistic often.

How Efficient Is Your Refrigerator?

Saving dollars? Use a dollar.  Close the refrigerator door on a dollar bill.  If you can easily pull the dollar bill out, the seal on the door is not working well. A lot of cold air is escaping that should be sealed in. Have this fixed.

Reduce Moisture

Cover food before you put it in the refrigerator. Food usually radiates moisture. Uncovered food makes your refrigerator work harder to keep everything cooler.

What Are Your Electricity Hogs?

Try to use electricity “hogs” during off-peak hours. Shower in the morning.  Blow dry your hair in the morning. Wash clothes in the morning. Run the dishwasher in the morning or late in the evening.

Washing stuff

If you live in an average home with four or more people, it seems you are always washing stuff. Full is best when doing dishes or washing clothes. Your washing machine or dishwasher goes through the exact same actions whether it is full or only half full. So full is better.  But don’t stuff your clothes washer. Then your clothes won’t get as clean as they should or it will take much longer to dry them.

Another tip to saving electricity is to wash in warm water rather than hot water.  Warm water is sufficient for probably 80% or more of your washing needs. Cold water for delicates is even cheaper.

Drying stuff

Take a lesson from your grandmother.  Hang clothes on a rack to dry them or outside on a clothesline.  Admit it, stuff that comes off a clothesline smells great. And towels take forever in the dryer.  Hang them up for a day. In the meantime, listen to “I Was Green Before Green was a Thing” by Blake Shelton. You will get a chuckle or two and might get a lesson as well.

When using a clothes dryer, make sure the lint trap is clear.  Otherwise, moisture will collect in the dryer and it will work harder to dry your clothes and it will take longer to dry them as well. A dryer running with a full lint trap has been known to cause fires.

Turn it off and pull the plug

Another easy way to save money on your electricity bill is to turn off appliances and unplug them when not in use. Of course, there’s no reason to leave that light burning in a room that you’re not in. So turn off the TV, the radio and the coffee pot when not in use. Also unplug things that you use infrequently—toaster oven, indoor grill, wok. When these devices are plugged in, they are using electricity even when you are not actually using them.

Use Sleep Mode

 

Put your computer to sleep.  If you shut down your computer, it can take a while booting up the next time you use it. Putting your computer to sleep, on the other hand, does save energy and does not require a long boot up time the next time you want to watch that youtube video that everyone is talking about.

Change Your Light Bulbs

Another means of cutting your electric bill is to change light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs.  The new bulbs are more expensive to start with but use 75% less energy. They also last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

If you are going through a financially challenging time in your life, or if you are going to school and trying to save money, you may qualify for this discount.  The electric company will sometimes check your pay stubs, so don’t be surprised if that happens.

Here’s a number of “small things” you can do to save on your electric bill. Small steps can add up to a big step in reducing your monthly bill.

  • Put indoor plants outside during the summer.  They put moisture into the air which makes the AC work harder.
  • Cover your old water heater with an insulated blanket.
  • Look for ways to plug cracks in your house that can leak air into the outside.  Especially make sure that your doors fit tight. Weather stripping in your door frame can help make this happen.
  • Open up your blinds to allow more natural light into the room. This good deed will save on using the electric lights as much.
  • Often you can use your microwave nightlight to keep your house from being totally dark.  It does a good job on lighting and is a lot less expensive than keeping an overhead light on.
  • Heating an entire room is expensive. But a heated blanket that does a great job at keeping you warm right where you are. Do you really need the whole room being heated when binge watching “Game of Thrones” for the weekend?
  • Watch your water consumption.  Using too much hot water means that the water heater has to rely on more electricity to heat up the water in the tank. Take a 10-minute shower instead of a 15-minute one. Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth. Brush your teeth. Rinse at the end.  Done.

Now sit back in your easy chair with your electric blanket on and your heat turned down for a night of TV watching. Wait until bedtime to turn on the dishwasher. And dream about what you’re going to do with the money you are saving on your electric bill each month.