Saturday, December 16

Save Money On Your Electric Bill

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Electricity is one of those utilities that we cannot seem to live without.  We need electricity to execute almost all the tasks that we carry out on a daily basis.  It provides comfort, enhances our safety and normalizes our everyday life.  Electricity, can be however the most expensive utility bill if proper care is not taken to conserve on energy in order to save money on your electric bill.

There are several ways that you can save money on your electric bill.  You can start with the simple habit of turning off lights and appliances when not in use.  Check to ensure that all lights are off before going to bed and that no one leaves the television on in the living room to run an errand.   You can change your light bulbs to those of a lower watt or use energy saving light bulbs such as fluorescent or LED light bulbs which are easily accessible on the market.  Installing sensors in your house will also save you money on your electric bill.  Sensors work great in areas such as bathrooms, bedrooms, basements, attics, garages and living room.

Unplug appliances which are not being used such as microwaves as they continue to generate energy once plugged in even though they may not be in use.  Consuming meals as soon as they are prepared will reduce the need for the microwave, thus saving energy and saving money your electric bill.

Do not run your heating system as high or your cooling system as low whenever nobody is at home.  Place air conditioners in shade to ensure that they remain cool in the summer thus eliminating the need for additional energy to perform their job of keeping the place cool.  Ensure air conditioning unit is serviced regularly and all are filters are kept clean throughout the year.  Use a solar assisted water heating system.  This will reduce the energy and power needed to heat your water as the water heater is one of the biggest energy user in most homes.  Check for holes in your roof and in all heating and cooling pipes/vents and close vents in unused rooms.

Another way to save money on your electric bill is when purchasing appliances.  Look for the energy star label, these appliances are certified to use a lesser amount of energy.  Use appliances efficiently, wash only full loads of dishes and allow to air dry.  Don’t spend an hour in the shower.  Only wash and dry full loads of clothing. 

Install blinds and drapes in your house and close them during the summer to keep the house cool and open during winter to keep the house warm. 

Operate your refrigerator at maximum efficiency by opening the door only briefly and adjusting the temperature according to the manufacturer’s directions as the refrigerator is one of the biggest energy users in the home.  Defrost your refrigerator regularly as it will use more electricity to keep cool if ice is present.

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