Paying bills SUCKS. There, I said it.
Okay, that really isn’t a polarized opinion, but I still think it’s a great way to help get us all in the mood to talk about your electricity bill- because if there is one thing that sucks worse than paying bills in general, it’s paying a utility bill with an amount that fluctuates.
Wouldn’t it be nice to find a few easy ways to save money on your electric bill?
(especially considering that an electric bill is a utility that can fluctuate wildly)
One month you could have a no-big-deal $50 due to keep the lights on… and then the next month you could be struggling to budget for a $400 electric bill.
It’s enough to make you want to sell your house and move to the woods to live the pioneer life.
Sadly, that may not be a feasible lifestyle choice for most of us. And so, this post is for the rest of us who want to enjoy the convenience and comfort of an air conditioner- but find out the best way to use them to save money.
Now, things like time of day and your particular payment plan can affect the cost of your electric bill… but we’re going to talk about tips that everyone can use regardless of where you live or what time it is.
Today we’re going to delve into several simple ways that you can save money on your electric bill each month, so let’s get started!
Tip 1: Insulate Your Doors And Windows
By insulating your windows and doors, it helps your heating or cooling system not try as hard to keep you comfortable.
The first and easiest method of lowering your heating and cooling costs is to keep your heat low (or your AC off when you’re not in the room to use it).
However, using easy to find materials like foam or plastic sheets to seal any gaps in your windows or doors can keep more cool/hot air in, while putting less pressure on your appliances.
Tip 2: Lower The Temperature On Your Water Heater
Everyone loves a nice hot shower, but the likelihood of you needing the temperature of your shower on the HOTTEST settings is probably unlikely.
(if there are some of you out there, then this tip may not be for you)
A great way of adding efficiency to your energy usage is by lowering the temperature on your hot water heater! Just as was the case with insulating your home to reduce the strain on your heating or cooling systems, lowering the temperature on your water heater can have the same effect.
You can also install a timer on your water heater to lower your electric bill. And all it takes is scheduling your water heater timer to fit around your family’s daily needs so that no one ends up with a cold surprise.
Tip 3: Wash Your Clothes In Cold Water
Save your water heater a bit of extra labor by washing your clothes in cold water whenever possible. While many of us own energy-efficient washing machines, dishwashers, and dryers, if you’re committed to cutting energy costs, this simple trick is easy to implement.
Bonus Tip: If you’re new to renting or owning a home, and are on the hunt for appliances, look for appliances that say “energy star”. These appliances will take far less of a toll on your home’s energy needs, and most modern appliances are usually designed with a consumer’s desire for energy efficiency in mind.
BONUS Bonus Tip: If you’re planning to use an older appliance for the foreseeable future, another way of lowering your energy bill is by making sure you maintain the appliances.
Take time to clean and care for it regularly; this effort will contribute to your money-saving goals by making sure your appliance is functioning as efficiently as possible.
Tip 4: Clean Your AC
Your air conditioner is an appliance in need of as much upkeep as any other appliance in your home.
In fact, considering how hard an air conditioner works, especially in regards to combating the natural elements in a way your other appliances don’t, it’s hugely important for you to take the time to replace filters, clean ducts, etc.
While it may be a bit of extra work, if there’s a chance it could save you a few bucks a month, then it’s worth it, right?
Tip 5: Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Energy-efficient light bulbs can be a bit expensive when initially purchased, but the long-term benefit on your electricity bill is undeniable.
Energy-efficient bulbs usually use up to 75% LESS electricity than the classic incandescent light bulb.
According to an article on Zacks.com, “… replacing a house full of incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs reduces energy consumption by 75 percent. In an average home, that’s the equivalent of $198 in savings annually.”, and that’s a pretty penny!
You can take a look at the rest of the article over here, and find out more about how energy-efficient light bulbs can help save you dough!
Tip 6: Consider Solar Power
Sure, solar power is synonymous with a very hefty price tag. However, as solar power services have continued to grow in popularity and become more commonplace, this energy method has become a much more affordable option to the public.
And even though it can be a bit pricey initially, the amount of money you can save on your electric bill will be quite noticeable!
If your home is compatible with solar panels, it could be an option worth your consideration if you’d like to lower your electric bill and help the environment!
A family that switches from traditional electric to solar panels can save tens of thousands of dollars on energy costs over the life span of their solar panels.
Saving Money On Your Electric Doesn’t Have To Be Hard
Thanks for checking out this list of energy-saving tips and tricks to save money on your electric bill! We hope that these easy to implement tactics have given you some helpful insight as to how you can assure that your home is running as efficiently as possible.