7 Ways to Save on Electricity Costs at Home
Everyone wants to win the battle of keeping energy costs down. The more successful you are, the more money you will be able to keep in your pocket. Lower energy bills also mean your household is consuming less energy, which is good news for the environment. You don’t need to perform a complete overhaul on your home to accomplish these goals, either. There are many simple things you can do to save money on your energy costs in your home.
1. Get Control of Phantom Loads
Would you be surprised to learn that a good portion of the energy costs for your home, come from appliances or electronic devices that are not actually turned on? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is actually consumed while the products are turned off. Check out your entertainment center to look at your television and other items which are on stand-by when not in use. If you have taken the time to program your television to remember items like your favorite channel line-ups, or language preferences, it adds to the energy the unit uses. Your coffee machine and microwave can also be producing phantom loads that can add to your electric bill. Unplug these devices when they are not being used to save costs and find out whether there is an electricity broker in your area who can offer you better rates on the electricity you are using. This two-pronged approach to savings can help you save real money on your bill.
2. Switch to Fluorescent Light Bulbs
According to Energy Star, if every home in the U.S. replaced a single light bulb with one that meets the Energy Start designation, enough energy could be saved to light three million homes for one year and save $600 million in energy costs per year. You can do your part by replacing your light bulbs with Energy Start fluorescent bulbs. They use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, which will definitely save you money on your electric bill.
3. Use your Front Door instead of the Garage Door
Your garage door opener uses power every time you use it. If you are going to be stopping in at at home and plan to go out again later in the day, get in the habit of leaving your car in the driveway instead of parking in the garage. Use the front door to go in and out of the house. Only use the garage door opener when you plan to park the car for the day. You’ll end up saving energy and lowering your electricity bills, too.
4. Turn Off Fans when You Leave the Room
In hot weather, don’t leave a fan running in an empty room. It will only make you and your family members feel cooler when you are actually sitting in front of it. Otherwise, you are just wasting electricity and running up your bill for no reason.
5. Shut Off Christmas Lights During the Day
During the Holiday Season, make a point of turning off your Christmas lights. No one can see them until it gets dark anyway. Once the shadows start to get long, you can turn them on for everyone to enjoy.
6. Turn Off the Television When You are Not Watching It
If you are not actually watching a television program, turn the set off. You don’t need to run it for background noise. It’s just a drain on your energy costs, and you already have enough “noise” going on in your life as it is. Turn it off when you leave the room; you can turn it back on when you are ready to watch a show. Flat screen television sets tend to get hot when they are turned on for extended periods of time, so it’s a good idea to shut them off if you aren’t actively watching them anyway.
7. Run Your Dryer Consecutively
Plan to do your laundry all at once and keep your dryer busy by putting in one load of clothes after another. If you place your clothes in a dryer that is warmed up, it may shorten the time you need to dry the load (and save money).
By keeping these tips in mind, you can save money on your electricity costs at home and be kinder to the environment in the process.
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