Have you ever had a perfectly good day dampened by your electric bill? There you are enjoying your afternoon cup of coffee, then you open your statement and find it’s far more expensive than you were expecting. We’ve all been there. The good news is you don’t have to go there again.
We’ve compiled ten tips that’ll help you lower your electric bill and keep the good times rolling.
1. Invest in Dryer Balls
Dryer balls help your laundry dry faster by creating space for the warm, dry air to move through. The more balls you add, the more space you create, and the more money you’ll save. Friendship’s Organic Eco-Wool Dryer Balls have over 1,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, and they have cute sheep on them!
2. Or Air Dry
Using your dryer less means it’s using less energy.
3. Wash Your Clothes on Cold
Your washing machine’s cold setting isn’t just for delicate sweaters. If you aren’t ready for your favorite fashion items to take the polar plunge just yet, opting for a warm water wash cuts your energy usage in half just the same.
4. No More Deep Shower Thoughts
As lovely as it is to contemplate life’s mysteries in the shower, that time adds up. Cut your philosophical ponderings by two minutes, and you can save up to 10 gallons of water usage.
5. Dimmers are Winners
Dimmer switches take the cake for more than just setting the mood. It probably comes as no surprise that the lower the brightness, the lower the cost. Dimminglightbulbs to fit your needs builds ambiance and saves on electricity. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to install your switches.
6. And While We’re On the Subject, Opt for LEDs
We know, we know. You’ve heard it before. But switching to LED or compact fluorescent bulbs in your most used light fixtures can save you $75 a year.
That’s the equivalent of 30 gallons of gas or 37.5 pounds of Target’s Honeycrisp apples. Which would you pick: a high electric bill or 75 large Cokes from McDonald’s?
7. Make Your Gadgets Work Smarter, Not Harder
Not all of our beloved devices truly power down. It’s sad, but it’s true. They sit in stand by mode using just a bit of power that adds up throughout the month. The biggest culprits are items with remote controls (TVs and cable boxes) because the remote sensors need power while they’re at your beck and call.
Smart power strips, on the other hand, will cut off the current while your device isn’t in use. Switch your electronics over to these to see immediate savings.
8. Or Unplug
We’re not talking about tucking your phone away when you go out to dinner. We’re asking that you literally (responsibly!) pull a plug from a socket. If you’re not interested in using a smart plug (we get it), then unplugging is the next best thing. Items that are turned off still pull electricity when they’re plugged in.
9. Take a Hard Look at Your Thermostat Setting
Adjusting your thermostat up or down a few degrees depending on the season (up in the summer, down in the winter) will save you hundreds of dollars a year. We won’t do the math, but let’s just put it this way: it’ll buy you a lot of Cokes.
10. Start Walkin’ On Sunshine
The sun comes to us free of cost. Choosing to utilize this natural resource will save you $10 per bulb per year. Don’t it feel good?