With this age of technology, we mainly depend on to keep our appliances, especially our electronic gadgets running. However, it can be devastating how the price of electricity is increasing consistently.
With proper usage and saving in mind, you can easily fight back and make the most out of every penny you spend on electricity.
Here are some easy tips on how you can save electricity and lower your electric bill:
#1: Give Your Air Conditioner Some Love
Do you know that most households in America spend half of their electricity bill on heating and cooling? What a shame, right? With that in mind, you need to give your air conditioner some love. And what do we mean by that?
- Make it a point that you have your air conditioners cleaned once a year. Annual maintenance can go a long way. Every year, make sure that you clean and straighten the fins, change the filter, and lubricate the motor.
- Don’t place your air conditioner under direct sunlight. It spends 10% more electricity under the heat of the sun. If you can’t place your air conditioner elsewhere, improvise and plant a tall shrub or tree that will catch the sun.
- If your air conditioner is more than 12 years old, you might consider getting a new one.
#2: Get Rid of Those Energy Suckers
According to the Department of Energy, 75% of energy consumption comes from unplugged electronics. That’s definitely a No-No! Stop wasting energy and make it a habit to unplug your electronics, appliances, and gadgets if they are not being used.
#3: Do A Regular Refrigerator Check
Your refrigerator eats up most energy more than all your kitchen appliances combined. Make sure you do a regular checkup and refrigerator maintenance keeping these in mind:
- Brush and vacuum the coil at the back of your refrigerator
- Keep your fridge full. An empty refrigerator requires more electricity compared to a full one. Don’t have a lot of food inside your ref? Fill it up with water bottles or better yet, shut it off.
- Check your refrigerator’s door seals. They wear out over time. You can buy them at your local appliance shop.
- Old refrigerators are energy vampires so better replace them if they are more than 10 years old.
#4: Replace your Incandescent Bulbs with CFL
This is the quickest and easiest way to save electricity. See, CFLs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Imagine the amount of energy you can save with that?
These are just some basic tips that you can apply at home to save some bucks in electricity bills. Got some tips you want to share? Leave them in the comment section below.