10 Painless Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

The cost of electrical power seems to be increasing every year. Until the world can find a way to replace fossil fuels with green energy, it doesn’t look like energy costs are going to decrease anytime soon.

For this reason, homeowners should utilise their own methods of saving money on energy. Some of these methods are rather simple, while others will require some investment and labour.

In the end, it will be well worth the effort if you can reduce your consumption of energy and receive a lower power bill every month.

There are practically hundreds of ways to cut your electrical energy costs. Check out 10 of the easiest ways to help you get started:

1. Switch to LED Lights

Replace your halogen light bulbs with LED light bulbs. There will be a roughly 85 percent decrease in the amount of energy consumed if you switch to LEDs. They are brighter and last for up to 50,000 hours. Best of all, you will be paying less money on your energy bill.

2. Add Solar Panels

If you add a few solar panels to your home, then you will see your energy bill decrease drastically. These panels won’t be used for all your electricity, but it will take care of powering things like lights and other small electronics.

3. Turn Off Phantom Loads

Phantom load is the nickname given to an electronic appliance or device that consumes power even after it is turned off. You see this happen with things like televisions, printers, microwaves and computers.

Even though you turn them off, these devices still require a little bit of power to run their clock and memory. So, you need to completely shut down these appliances by either unplugging them or cutting the electrical power that flows to them.

4. Clean Your Air Vents

If you have central heating and air conditioning, this air will be flowing from the air vents in your walls, floors and ceilings. But if there is dust or debris clogging the vents, it will be harder for air to get into your living space.

Clogged vents will cause the HVAC system to work harder at getting your living space to the right temperature. That is why you need to keep your vents clean so that this doesn’t happen. Also, if your vents are closed, you need to open them.

5. Insulate Your Windows and Doors

So many homeowners unknowingly pay too much for their energy bill because the central air in their home passes through the cracks of their windows and doors. You need to inspect these areas thoroughly and insulate them so that nothing can pass through.

6. Hand Wash Your Dishes

Dishwashing machines consume a lot of electricity. You can easily avoid using them by just manually washing dishes in the sink. It may take a little extra time and effort, but it will save you money on both your power and water bills.

7. Reduce Heat and Coolness

The easiest way to lower your energy costs is to reduce the heat and coolness in your home. For instance, if you live in a hot location, you don’t need to set the air conditioner to 20 degrees. Try setting it to 25-27 degrees instead.

If you live in a colder area, set your heater to 23 degrees rather than 28. You will still be comfortable while saving money, too.

8. Clean Refrigerator Coils

If your refrigerator has dirty coils, it will have to work harder to generate the cool air. But if you regularly clean your refrigerator’s coils, it won’t have to work as hard. Then you can enjoy cooler food with less energy being consumed.

9. Keep Lights Off at Night

Do you keep your outside porch and back lights on at night? Think about turning them off to save energy.

10. Purchase Energy Efficient Appliances

The demand for energy efficiency has caused companies to create better appliances that use less electricity. The next time you need to purchase a new washer, dryer, microwave or any other appliance, find the most energy-efficient one that you can.

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