27 Ways To Save Money On Your Electric Bill

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27 Ways To Save On Your Electric Bill
27 Ways To Save On Your Electric Bill Graphic © makingwealth.info

We all rely on electricity to power our homes but sometimes, the electric bill can be painful to look at. So we put together an easy-to-read chart that offers helpful tips to help you save some money! By following the guidelines provided, you will not only be able to save money but you will help save the environment as well 🙂




Note that we suggested LED bulbs and not CFLs (compact fluorescents). There are good reasons for this: First, LED bulbs are very long lasting – and though more expensive on the initial outlay, they pay for themselves not only with their very low electricity use, but with the fact that they do not need replacing so often.

The second reason for this choice is that CFL bulbs are actually a health hazard in the home and environment. Yes, it’s true. This bulb that was heavily marketed to us as an “eco bulb” contains mercury and is very fragile. If the glass is shattered, then mercury just escaped into your home. And CFL bulbs are also difficult to dispose of, requiring special collection and disposal. In short, CFLs are a toxic, nasty hazard and we suggest to avoid them entirely.

Here’s the list from the infograhpic in text form:

1. GO SOLAR. Your electricity bill can drop significantly if an installation is done well.

2. TURN EXHAUST FANS OFF. Use them only when necessary.

3. USE CEILING FAN. It will reduce the cost of your electricity bills compared to air conditioning.




4. USE PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT. You can save as much as 10% of your bill every year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat down 7°-10°F for 8 hrs/day from its normal settings.

5. USE LED BULBS. They use much less energy compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.

6. UNPLUG ELECTRONICS WHEN NOT IN USE. Many devices use a small amount of “phantom power” when on standby. This may only be a few watts – but when you have many devices and leave them on 24/7, it starts to add up to a significant amount of money! Unplugging not only eliminates this but is much safer as it eliminates the risk of fire.

7. INVEST IN ENERGY EFFICIENT DOORS AND WINDOWS.

8. LIMIT USE OF PORTABLE HEATERS. Put an extra layer of clothing on first.

9. CLOSE FIREPLACE DAMPERS.

10. TURN YOUR LIGHTS OFF WHEN YOU’RE NOT HOME.

11. CHOOSE APPLIANCES WITH ENERGY STAR LOGO.


12. USE TIMERS TO TURN ON AND OFF THE LIGHTS.

13. USE A LAPTOP INSTEAD OF DESKTOP COMPUTER. It uses less electricity.

14. PLANT TREES AND SHRUBS – to provide shade and keep direct sun from hitting your home, thus saving on air conditioning.

15. CHOOSE LIGHT COLORED CURTAINS to allow natural light to enter a room during the day

16. COVER BARE FLOORS. This will keep your feet warm while walking barefoot around the house.

17. USE SHADES, BLINDS and DRAPES to avoid overheating your home during summer.

18. CLEAN STOVE REFLECTOR PANS to reflect more heat while cooking.

19. KEEP YOUR REFRIGERATOR FULL. A full refrigerator retains cold better than an empty one. If it is nearly empty, store water-filled containers in it to increase the thermal mass.

20. USE COPPER COOKWARE. Copper pots and pans heat up faster than regular pans.

21. FIX LEAKY HOT WATER FAUCETS.

22. INSTALL LOW FLOW SHOWERHEADS. Use less hot water, less power, and save on your electric bill.

23. TURN OFF WATER HEATER WHEN YOU ARE NOT HOME.

24. WASH AND DRY MORE LOADS IN A ROW. Take advantage of the dryer heat from the first load. Also drying in the middle of a warm, sunny day will be faster.

25. WASH CLOTHES IN COLD WATER to save energy.

26. AIR DRY CLOTHES. Consider hanging your clothes outside to dry.

27. CHECK HOT WATER PIPES FOR LEAKS.

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