Lowering your energy bill is actually a lot easier than you realize once you embrace the fact that all the little things count and you can make a big difference when you remain aware of this.
So before you even consider going through the hassle of switching providers, try these 10 tips instead, and see if it makes a significant impact on your next bill.
You can use dimmer switches to do more than set the mood. And you don’t even need to do every room! Installing dimmers in the main areas of the household, where you or your friends and family hang out the most can make all the difference. Besides using less electricity, dimmer switches also keep a room cool as bulbs aren’t shining as brightly.
Plan your laundry days according to the weather. Set up a clothesline outside or on your balcony and once your clothes have been washed, spread them on a drying rack and clothesline outside. Your pocket will be happier but so will your clothes – you’ll lengthen their lifespan by air-drying by up to 30%.
Yes, you could definitely install ceiling fans through all rooms. But if you want to be budget friendly, target the attic. Why? Because hot air rises and if you can keep the attic cool, that cool air will permeate through the rest of the house and will stop your air conditioner from kicking in as often.
LED bulbs are the way to go: these powerhouses use up to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and, as an added bonus, the light they give off is not as harsh and orange-hued. Perfect for living room selfies!
If you have a house or a ground floor apartment, consider using nature to shade your windows off from the sun. Homeowners can plant trees strategically so that they grow to give shade while apartment-dwellers can use hanging potted plants with dense foliage. If you’re planting, make sure to plant at least 2-5 feet from the edge of your property so that roots don’t grow into your basement.
“Ghost” or “phantom” appliances are steadily running in the background even when you don’t use them. Together, these can account for up to 25% of the energy usage on your bill. Unplug appliances when you’re not using them and only plug them in to turn them on.
A poorly-running HVAC system can end up sucking up energy. This improves efficiency as well re-circulates cleaner air in your home.
Not all of us like the sensation of waking up in the morning with a cold shower. If taking a nice hot shower is your thing, indulge yourself. But, again, every little bit counts. So why not turn down the temperature of your hot water tank so that it doesn’t need to get [i]as[/i] hot as it usually would?
If you keep it at a lower temperature, you can limit the amount of energy it uses because you may not even use water that is that hot. A great way to savor your showers and lower your bill.
Keep your fridge and freezer well-stocked because properly placed food acts as insulation in itself. Think of it like packing a cooler: you keep all the iced products together so they can keep each other cooler for longer, right? Your fridge works the same way.
Think about all the appliances that you can “substitute” or go without for a bit. Once in a while, choose to air-dry your hair on a weekend, rather than blowing drying. Or, decide to chop your onions by hand or whisk eggs with a beater rather than a machine.