Here are some basic electricity saving tips that you can do at home. These can help you slash as much as $500 to thousands of dollars a year. Of course, the saving will depend on various factors including the size of your home.
By doing these basic electricity saving tips, you are guaranteed that you can live comfortably without going beyond your electric budget.
- Turn down your thermostat.
If you have a mid-sized home, reducing your room temperature by 1oC can actually save you as much as $100 a year. So rather than turning that temperature high to keep you comfortable while wearing light clothes, why don’t you just double the shirt or put a jacket on so you can lower your heater’s temperature?
You might also want to consider a smart thermostat which can be operated using the internet. In fact, there are some which basically detects your smartphone to see whether an adjustment on the home temperature is required. It can also “learn” your schedule, thus, preparing your home for your anticipated arrival.
- Replace your light bulbs.
If you are still using incandescent bulbs, it’s time to replace them with LEDs. These do not only lessen your consumption, these also last longer compared to the traditional ones. Traditional light bulbs last for 1,000 hours, CFLs last for 10,000 hours, while LEDs last for 25,000 hours. These also use 90% less energy compared to the aforementioned types.
Now once you have acquired energy-saving bulbs, do not forget to switch them off when they are not in use. In the morning, open the windows so you can take advantage of the natural light.
- Use draught-proofing strips.
Draught-proofing strips can help prevent heat from escaping through gaps. This method can save you as much as $60 a year. These strips need to be used on the windows, doors, chimney and fireplace, floorboards and skirting, and loft hatches.
- Choose energy-efficient appliances.
If you have to replace your appliances, especially your television, refrigerator and air conditioner, make sure you look at their energy efficiency. You can seek assistance from the salesman to help you find the most reliable ones. Although these are more expensive, these are guaranteed better investments as these do not cause serious electric bill hike.
- Unplug appliances that are not being used.
Plugged appliances still consume 10% electricity. So instead of just turning them off, make sure you unplug them, too!
Always be smart and attentive as these methods can help you alleviate your burden caused by high consumptions resulting to high electric bills.