The month is coming to an end and we all know what that means– another electric bill. Paying the electric bill is one of the most common fears among homeowners. But fear not! There are plenty of ways you can save money on your electric bill!
Don’t Use As Much Hot Water
First of all, you can lower your water heater‘s temperature to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit (or 49 degrees Celsius). This will reduce the amount of electricity your water is using by a good amount. Your dishwasher uses a lot of hot water, much more than you’d think. Using it multiple times a day can be very costly. If you are able to limit the number of times you use the dishwasher to only once a day (or waiting until it’s full), you will save a lot of money.
When you’re doing laundry, use cold water whenever possible. If your clothes are instructed to be washed with warm/hot water, do those clothes in one load to use the least amount of hot water as possible.
Turn Them All Off
One way to reduce the amount of electricity you use is turning off lights in a room you aren’t using. However, if you plan on returning soon, leave the lights on. Turning lights on and off uses a lot of electricity! If you use a video game console you should unplug it after you use it. Leaving the system plugged in uses almost as much electricity as when the console is on.
Heating and Cooling Tips
Instead of relying solely on your heater or air conditioning, use your windows! Use big blinds to cover your windows on hot, sunny days so the sun doesn’t heat up the inside of your home. On cold days, open the blinds so the sun can make the inside of your house warmer.
When your home is warm, have your ceiling fans rotate counter-clockwise. That will force the cool air down. When it’s cold in your home you should run your ceiling fans clockwise, as this will distribute the warm air more evenly. Don’t be dramatic with your thermostat! You’d be surprised by how much of a difference a few degrees can make.