How to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

by on October 4th, 2015
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Electric is the most important bill of them all because so many things run on electric. Unfortunately this is why electric bills can become a hassle. Luckily there are some ways you can cut down on your electric bill.

Make the Switch

The first and easiest thing you can do to cut down on your electric bill to is switch your light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent. If your incandescent light bulbs are 60w you can get the same amount of light for only 15w in a florescent bulb. Make the switch and you’re only using 1/4 of the watts you were before. How many light bulbs does the average home have? It’s around 25. So if you were to change all your light bulbs to fluorescent that would be over 1000w saved.

Kill the Vampires

Another way to save money on your electric bill is to unplug all unused electronics. These are called vampires because they can continue to suck electric even when not in use. Did you know that if you leave a laptop or phone on a charger fully charged it still sucks electric? Why pay for electric charging something that doesn’t even need it? So remember not to leave your electronics charging overnight. Only charge for the recommended time, then unplug and you will save on your electric bill. Other “vampires” include ovens with led lights, microwaves, satellite boxes, and anything else with a led screen or constant light.

Upgrade Appliances

Old washers, dryers, water heaters, stoves, and refrigerators use a lot of electric. Appliance makers have made huge strides on the amount of electric used with their products. When buying a new appliance look for the energy star. This tells you how much electric it will cost to run. If you find yourself running out of hot water all the time, consider upgrading to a bigger tank. This saves you money because a water tank uses more electric when you run them empty. Also if you have to run your dryer more then once when drying clothes it’s time for an upgrade.

OFF/ON

There is no need for you to have your house lit up like Christmas every night. Don’t like the dark? Go to bed. Think you can watch two TVs at once? You can’t. You get the idea. If you find yourself falling asleep to the television or walking around a fully lit house at night consider turning things off that you don’t need. There is no need for the kitchen light on when you’re in the living room and you don’t need a TV on when you’re not even watching it.

The Outside World

Want to use less electric? Go outside. An empty house uses less electric then a full one. Do some yard work, play a sport, or just have some fun outside. The fact is if you stay in the house most of the time, your electric bill is going to be higher.


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