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Electricity costs are on the rise. At an almost alarming rate. Sometimes my electricity bill makes me want to move to a tent in the woods… but then I remember how much I would actually hate that, since I love electricity and everything it powers in my life. Hot food, clean clothes, Netflix, my iPad…Yep, I’m a digital junkie so the only solution is to save money on electricity bills instead of giving it up entirely!
For our quarterly or monthly bills, we make payments every week so that our bill total will either be really low or sometimes in credit. $20 to $30 a week towards electricity, water and rates for example, and you avoid that shock of a huge bill in the mail. It helps ease the pain of watching our hard earned money go out the door but it doesn’t improve the total amount spent.
But there are many habits we have implemented several changes into our home and lifestyle that help to reduce the energy use and save money on electricity bills.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON ELECTRICITY BILLS
Turn Off Devices
If you have electronic devices that are not in use, consider turning them off completely rather than leaving them running or in standby. This includes items such as televisions or stereos, computers, and printers. Even in standby, our devices are using energy and costing you money. These costs may be low but they still contribute to your bills.
Shopping around different energy provider companies can save money on electricity bills, as you may score yourself an overall cheaper electricity rate or a special deal, like a discount on each of your bills. It is also worth shopping around for other services too.
Switch Off Lights
Just like devices, leaving lights on that aren’t needed is wasting you money. Get yourself and your family into the habit of turning off your lights when you leave the room.
Instead of buying the cheapest appliances, invest in quality products that have a higher energy efficiency rating. Also consider buying LED lightbulbs which save about 80% of the energy as normal lightbulbs. Having items in your home that use less energy is going to save you money on electricity bills and likely save you money overall in the long run despite potentially higher upfront costs.
Before you put on the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer, make sure you have a full load instead of a part load. Cutting down loads means less energy used (and less time spent stacking and unstacking in between).
When you have finished charging a device such as your phone, don’t leave it plugged in to keep charging. This is a waste of time and can be bad for the battery for some devices. Unplug it or switch it off at the wall until you need to charge again.
There are energy monitoring devices available that can tell you how much energy is being used at any one time in your home. This can help you pinpoint the biggest culprits for electricity costs. You may be shocked to see how much the costs increase when you turn on an air conditioner or dryer.
Only Use if Necessary
Some of the appliances and electronics we use are luxuries and not always necessary. Before you throw your wet washing in the dryer, consider hanging it outdoors in the sunshine or instead of putting on the heater, throw on a jumper. While you don’t have to cut these devices out of your life completely, cutting down when they aren’t so necessary can be a huge way to save money on electricity bills.
Many people forget to turn everything off before they go away. You could potentially save yourself quite a bit when you aren’t home by doing this. Turn off any non essential electronics, such as televisions, computers, stereos, charging devices such as handheld vacuum cleaners or even digital clocks. All of these cost you money to run, so if you aren’t there to use them, why spend money running them? Of course if you are only gone for a short time, leaving on your fridge is expected, but most of the other stuff can have a rest. It might help the holiday splurge hurt a little less when your next bill comes in lower.
Do you have any super tips for saving money on electricity bills?