Practical Ways to Save Money on Electricity Without Spending a Cent
Posted on: 30th September 2013
Just by changing a few old habits, you can save on your electric bill and help minimize our carbon footprint. If it won’t cost you a cent to start these simple tips, why not try it for a change around at home?
- Turn off the lights. When you leave a room, when it is broad daylight, or when you go out – this simple habit can make a lot of financial and common sense.
- Don’t dry your dishes in the dishwasher. Let it dry naturally and boost your savings.
- Use table lamps instead of overhead lights. When you are reading, on your computer, watching TV, or even while folding clothes, it is a cost-effective solution to decrease your electric consumption.
- Free cooling passages. Don’t block the vent of your fridge or freezer so it won’t have to work harder.
- Hand wash singles dishes. A few mugs and plates can be washed by hand instead of letting the dishwasher run.
- Don’t use the dryer often. Setting aside a space inside to hang your clothes will make it easier for you to stop using the dryer and all that extra power. Use it during rainy days and cold months.
- Unplug your home office equipment. You need a break from work and so does your computer. If you have to take the whole weekend off, then unplug everything in your home office so it won’t eat up energy.
- Use your front door. If you are used to using your garage door, it uses power. If you are just stopping at home quickly, leave the car in the driveway and go to the front door instead.
- Do not leave Christmas lights up all night. No one will stay up late anyway just to look at it.
- Turn off the lights when the TV is on. It will also just make the resolution better when it is dark.
- Watch less TV. If you can find other meaningful use of your free time – like gardening, reading books, playing with the kids, jogging – then you will save a lot of electricity, be more in tune with your family’s needs, and maybe stay fit and fab
- Limit the use of the dehumidifier. Turn them off during late autumn, winter and early spring because you will only actually need it when the humidity level is at a high.
- Do not always look inside the fridge. If you have to cook meals, take out all the ingredients at once. And if you already know what’s inside, why keep on peeking from time to time?
- Clean fridge coils. Clean coils means your fridge will take less electricity to keep its contents cold.
- Clean your air conditioning filter regularly. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly.