If there’s one expense that we all hate it’s that ever-high electricity bill. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid the bill altogether, unless you don’t mind going back to living like they did in the stone-age. You can, however, make a conscious effort to reduce your electricity consumption. Here are a few tips to help you save on energy bills.
Unplug vampire appliances
A very easy way to bring down your monthly electricity usage without any inconvenience to you or your family is to simply unplug any devices that you aren’t using. Leaving gadgets on “standby” uses significantly more electricity than you’d expect. In fact, the average American household wastes about $50 a year on unused electronics that are left plugged in.
Turn off lights when you leave a room
A usual household scenario to illustrate this is when dads send their kids back to the room they just came from to flip the light switch. This is also another way to save money without depriving your household of anything.
Switch to energy-saving bulbs
This is yet another way to save on energy bills bill without offering anything up. On the contrary, switching to LED bulbs will more than likely improve your quality of life. With a very small initial input cost, you’ll very quickly reap the rewards with these bulbs.
Opt for a cold machine wash
This is something you might have to take up with the wife if you’re the husband reading this. By switching to cold water when you do your laundry, you aren’t only doing your wallet a favor — you’re doing the clothes a favor as well. Washing clothes in hot water can cause them to shrink and could also fade the colors out quicker. The water doesn’t get hot enough to justify the argument that it kills more bacteria. It just makes sense to use cold water instead.
Turn down the heat
This might not seem like good advice off the bat, but it isn’t necessary to leave the heating on in your home once everyone is off to bed. By lowering the heating by as little as five degrees, you can significantly decrease your electricity usage. The same goes for keeping your home cool when it’s hot. The temperature tends to drop at night, making it unnecessary to leave the air conditioner on high settings after sunset.
There you have it, five ways to bring down your monthly electricity bill, without making any huge sacrifices.