Cut your home energy costs by making some very simple changes. Here are 5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill that you can use any time of year.
With the cost of energy constantly rising, I am making a big effort to bring my bill down in any way I can. Since we are so reliant on electricity these days with all the gadgets, this can really present as a challenge, especially since I have teenagers. You can cut your costs on your electric bill by doing some very simple things, though. Here are some Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill for you to try no matter what season it is.
Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill
Only use lights when you actually need them. We are so used to walking into a room and flipping on a light. We probably do this without even thinking. If it’s light outside, there really isn’t a need to do it, though. Instead, only turn them on when it is actually dark outside. Light up your home with the natural light instead. Save even more money on lighting by making sure you leave no lights on when you leave rooms and in the middle of the night, use nightlights instead to navigate to the bathroom.
Use large appliances like washing machines during non-peak times. Did you know electric companies charge more at certain times during the day. These are called peak times. They are the times that electric use is at an all-time high for the day and even the week. Try to figure out what your local peak times are and use larger, more costly appliances during these times instead. You can find your peak electric times by checking with your local provider or checking on their website.
Do a home audit. Performing an energy audit every couple of years can really make sure you get the best rates for electricity in your home. You can hire a professional or if you know what to look for, do it yourself. An audit can tell you if things are properly insulated, if your appliances are energy efficient, where you may have electric ‘leaks’, and how to fix any issues you find.
Cook with small appliances when you can. Using your slow cooker or electric pressure cooker can really save you from using larger cooking appliances like your oven that use a lot of electricity. Another good way to save money on energy when cooking is to use an outdoor grill. This really can be done any time of year!
Use electricity the smart way. There’s a reason mom would yell at us to shut the door in the summer. She was trying to keep the cool in and the hot air out. Using electricity in smart manners such as keeping your home cool in non-AC ways and laying up our clothes rather than blasting the heat in the winter are always good ways to save money on electricity.