With a few tricks and adjustments to how you operate your appliances and these 7 Secrets to Lowering Your Electric Bill you can begin to see your bills going down each month!
You work hard for your money, and no one enjoys spending all their hard earned money on bills. I have 7 secrets to lowering your electric bill you might consider trying to help shrink your monthly bills! With a few tricks and adjustments to how you operate your appliances, you can begin to see your bills going down each month!
7 Secrets to Lowering Your Electric Bill
1. Look Over Your Home
All those minor cracks and gaps you find along your foundation and windows can really add up. Seal them off and you might save around 10% on your heating bill. Caulk and weatherstrip around windows, and caulk any cracks in the foundation you find. You want to make sure no air leaks are found, to help keep the cold weather out and the warm air in. Also, make sure to you have enough insulation to help warm your home. Not having your home insulated well enough can really cause higher bills. It can be more expensive to add more insulation, so I suggest starting with cracks and window leaks first.
2. Heating And Air
Make sure to keep your air vents clear and clean, and turn off vents you might not use. If you have an office or spare room that doesn't get used close air vents so you don't waste the air. Also, make sure to clean your vent in the furnace and change filters each month. Dust and debris can build up and make your air and heat work so much harder. If you have it running smoothly it won't use as much energy.
3. Programmable Thermostat and Light Bulbs
Consider investing in a programmable thermostat. This has been a huge help in so many homes. When you are away you can adjust the air so it isn't as cool or hot like you would want when you are home. Then maybe an hour before you get home, adjust it to your usual temperature. Also, think about transitioning to LED light bulbs. They use less energy and last so much longer.
Washing clothes on the cold setting will reduce energy costs. If you can air dry your clothes, or invest in wool balls or roll up aluminum foil into balls and toss in the dryer. This will help speed up drying time and save on energy. Make sure you are cleaning out your dryer vent at least every six months. Lint, dust and more can get stuck and cause your dryer not to work as efficiently.
5. Unplug Appliances
If you have a clock, kitchen appliance, or other items you don't use consistently, consider unplugging it. Only plug the item in when you go to use it, so you are wasting energy. A great tip is if you have a bunch of appliances or gadgets
If you wash your dishes in a dishwasher, make sure to maximize each load. Don't do a load of dishes if it isn't full. By doing this you will waste a good amount of water, and wait to run the dishwasher when it is full will help maximize your usage of water that is used.
7. Fridge and Freezer
Make sure to defrost and clean your freezer at least 1-2 times a year. The more ice that builds up will cause your freezer to work harder. Having a full fridge requires less energy to stay cool. Make sure for your fridge and freezer you clean the coils on the backside. Vacuum and remove any dust or lint that builds up. Making sure it is clean will help it run easier.
Have you looked after all these things? What other tips do you have for lowering your utility bills?
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