What comes to mind when you flick on a light switch? It may be your need for the comfort of the instantaneous glow or the fear that your eyes are not prepared to be flooded by the sudden radiance. Still, it may be a mental note that the tick of your electric bill has begun. For so many, each month becomes a matter of trying to keep that expense as low as possible and while that is easy for some, it is not for others. To help in the unending quest to minimize your electric bill, here are a few ways to save.
Use LED lights
There are a number of money-saving benefits to making the switch to LEDs. Although they require a slightly larger upfront cost, they beat other bulbs in the long run with their benefits like longer lifespan, ability to operate in colder temperatures, and most importantly the savings they generate. These bulbs are more efficient with energy and can save up to $10 per year per bulb, depending on the frequency of use regularly.
Seal off Windows
After long seasons of high-velocity winds or storms, the frames around our windows can be damaged allowing for the escape of air outside. If left unsealed, you may find yourself paying more as the warm or cool air you try to fill your house with makes its way outside and leaves you cranking up the thermostat for longer periods of time. To avoid this expense, make sure you’re regularly checking your windows for seal failures. Look for moisture building up between the window pane and the glass and fog build up as well to determine if you may have a leak.
Put Lights on a Timer
Light timers are devices that can be pre-set to turn your lights on or off at a specific time. These timers help to reduce the expenses incurred when lights are left off and have the added bonus of increased safety as lights that are on can detract potential burglars from breaking into your home. These timers can work on other devices as well, meaning you can turn off your desktop or cable box while you sleep and turn it right back on in the morning, saving you money.
Use Your Fans The Right Way
Most people use fans and A/C interchangeably, assuming the two do the same thing. Instead of cooling off the temperature within rooms like air conditioning does, fans actually just circulate the air within the space. This is enough to reduce body temperature and create a sensation of a colder room. This also means that fans are only useful when someone is in the room where it is running. If not, then it is just blowing air around.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Most people fail to realize that maintaining regular inspections on their HVAC systems is an easy way to save money and be environmentally friendly. When coils become dirty, they make it more difficult for compressors to run, requiring more energy and increasing your spending. By having systems cleaned regularly, you reduce that cost. In addition, there are newer and more efficient pieces of HVAC equipment on the market now that are better equipped to reduce overall energy consumption and save you big money.
Dry Your Clothes On A Line
Though it may be a bit old school, turning toward air drying over machine drying has a number of benefits. Not only does it reduce the amount of energy that you’re using to power the dryer, it also helps to keep your house cooler. When we use machines like the washer, dryer, or the oven, heat is transmitted all around raising the temperature within our home. This can be uncomfortable and result in us burning more electricity to try and cool the house back off. As a result, pulling that clothesline out in the backyard may not be such a bad idea.
Use Your Microwave
Though it may not be quite the same flavor that gets baked in using the oven, the microwave is a much cheaper and faster alternative to preparing meals. It does not require as much energy to cook your food as an oven does, meaning you spend less money cooking the same thing. Microwave ovens also do not radiate heat, which will help your home to maintain its internal temperature. As an added bonus, it is much easier to clean than a traditional oven as well.
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