With summer fast approaching there are many ways you can lower the cost of your electricity bill. By using the following tips you will discover new ways to save money and save electricity. It may take some time getting used to some of the tips but having the extra money in your pocket will make it all worth it.
Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
Cooking and heating take up 46% of the electricity and 12% goes to lighting.
Every degree above 68°F can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heat.
Setting the thermostat higher will use less energy.
The amount of money you will save when you switch from air conditioning to a fan is astounding. The monthly cost of running your AC unit during the summer (half a day) is $129.60 in electricity costs. Running your ceiling fan would cost you about $1.20 a month. You could save over $128 per month.
There are many items and appliances that still use electricity even when they are turned off. Some of these appliances are stereo speakers, plugged in the laptop, musical instruments, surge protector, and a desktop computer. Start getting into the habit of unplugging devices that are not being used and you will save more money on your electricity bill.
This is probably the most important tip to follow. You should have knowledge of what’s going on around you. Getting an energy monitor will help you find out how much it costs to run each appliance and from there you can take action and figure out what needs to be replaced, unplugged, etc.
Try to keep TV watching to a minimum of a few hours per week. Encourage your family to do other activities and interests that don’t require electricity.
Spend a few nights lighting candles and spending more time together as a family. The kids will be excited by this idea and it will help reduce your electricity bill. Use these nights to read and share funny or scary stories. Don’t forget to teach your kids the importance of safety and store the candles in a safe place when not in use.
These are just a few of the ways you can save money and lower your electricity bill. It may take some getting used to but it will all be worth it in the long run.