Everyone’s looking for ways to go green and save a little green these days. A major source of expenditure for all of us is our electricity bill. Paying a high energy bill every month is like throwing your money away. Don’t do it!
Its a great place to start saving money by making some small changes in your home. Whether you want to save planet earth, or you’re interested in ways to lower your energy bills, here are 25 tips to help be proactive and money savvy when it comes to energy.
The best way to start saving on your electricity costs is to get smart with how you use electricity. Electricity prices are rising and utility bills are getting ugly. Fight back with these 25 tips, and reduce your electrical bill by up to 25 percent.
The amazing thing about these tips is that – Neither they are only cost-less but also will save your cost.
- Unplug items you rarely use.
- Unplug your televisions/VCR, stereos, clocks, cordless vacuums and small appliances when you’re away on vacation. Many items draw power even when they’re turned off.
- Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Remember to turn off your computer, or use the sleep setting.
- Turn down the brightness on your TV and computer monitor.
- Keep lights and lighting fixtures clean, especially if you’re reducing the number of lights you use. Dirt absorbs light. Let lights cool before cleaning them and never touch halogen bulbs with your bare hands. The oil from your skin can greatly damage the bulbs. Use a small piece of paper to hold the bulb.
- Dress according to the weather and the season.
- Close foundation vents in the winter months.
- If your air conditioning unit is on the ground, keep the area around it clean and free of obstructions to maintain airflow. Vacuuming A/C and furnace filters can help increase efficiency between filter replacements.
- Set or program your thermostat according to the season.
- Take full advantage of your window coverings. In the summer, close blinds and drapes during the day to keep heat out. In the winter, open window coverings on the sunny side of your home to take advantage of free heat from the sun. Close the coverings on cloudy days or right after the sun sets.
- Use your dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer as late in the evening as possible, especially in summer months. (This is still true when you have a solar PV system, and you are using supplemental energy from the grid. If you are completely off grid you may want to live without a dishwasher and do your dishes by hand. As much as possible, everyone with solar PV systems and battery backup should wait until after 2pm when your battery bank is full and the sun is still up to run these appliances using the PV panel generated electricity.)
- Run full loads in your dishwasher, washer and dryer. Use cold-water to wash clothes as much as possible (90% of energy is used to heat the water).
- Use the energy saver option on your dishwasher, allowing dishes to air dry. If your dishwasher has a filter, keep it clean.
- Clean the dryer lint filter with each load.
- Clean the dryer ducting periodically to increase efficiency and prevent a fire hazard from accumulated lint.
- Utilize a clothesline for drying your clothes.
- In warmer weather, barbecue outdoors when practical, or cook later in the evening. Reducing the heat coming into your home from any source, such as cooking, will reduce the load on your air conditioning. (A/C uses more energy than is really practical if you are completely independent off grid. Using a swamp/evaporative cooler, if ample water is available, and/or as many Passive Solar techniques as possible is critical for off-grid living in hot climates.)
- Clean the reflectors underneath the burners on stovetops.
- Make sure food is cool and covered before it goes into the refrigerator.
- Use the energy saving feature on your refrigerator, if available, or set the thermostat to 38 degrees.
- Keep your freezer as full as possible. Use containers or plastic bottles filled with water for empty spaces.
- Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils (underneath and in the back) and don’t obstruct the coils. They need air space to work.
- Keep the seals (gaskets) on refrigerators and freezers clean.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth at the sink and while you are soaping up and washing your hair in the shower.
- Set your water heater to 110 degrees.