All of us are experiencing enormous electric bills and trying to find ways to save money. With doing a few simple things you can reduce the cost of electricity in your home.
Start with the easy things. Change those old light bulbs to the compact fluorescent bulbs, they use much less power than the old ones. Unplug your digital equipment when not in use for watching movies or listening to music, They all have digital read outs that still require power even though you pushed the off button. Recharger units still draw current even if your cell phone or other recharging devices are not plugged into them. Keep them unplugged between use. You can even save money by purchasing low flow shower heads, they not only save on the electric bill, they save water, too. Everyone likes shade and planting trees at safe distances from your house can lower your electric bill by a considerable amount.
Bigger savings can be had by doing some of the following home improvements, such as, replacing your old appliances with the new energy efficient ones. Make sure the dishwasher is full of dirty dishes before you run a load. This also saves on your water bill. Set your refrigerator and freezer to lower settings while keeping it high enough so the food doesn’t spoil
There are many manufacturers who make cold water laundry detergents which get your clothes just as clean as using the ones for hot water. By using cold water, instead, you will be lowering your electric bill by a significant amount. Just try doing them with only the “Warm” setting to see the difference, then convert to the cold water wash.
Even your water heater can wear a blanket. They have them at the local home improvement stores. Before installing the blanket set the water heater to 48.9 C degrees (120 Fahrenheit), instead of the factory setting of 60C degrees (140 Fahrenheit).
Setting your central heat and air units can save you a considerable amount of money each year by simple setting the thermostat to 68 degrees F (20C) in the winter months and 78 degrees F (25.6C) during the summer months, and regularly clean the filters used inside the house. Another thing to do for these is have them serviced each year to make sure they are clean, tuned up and full of any additives that are needed to produce the desired result.
Check out how your home is insulated. Find out what kind, if any, is being used under the floors, in the attic and even in the walls, and either replace it with the current most efficient insulation, or add to what is already there. Your windows and doors are a particularly troublesome leak for heating and cooling systems. Install double-glazed windows filled with argon gas, and use weather stripping around both the doors and windows. Also investigate outdoors around the windows and doors, and use caulking wherever you find gaps, cracks or other possible leaks.
You will not have to spend a tremendous amount of money to make a huge difference in your expenses, just a few simple things along with some minor habits can reduce the cost of electricity in your home.