With the cost of energy going up, and the uncertainty of the war in Ukraine, there is nothing more important than doing everything possible to save on your electric bill. There is nothing you can do about the prices for now, but you can offset it by using the top 10 tips to help you save money on your electric bill.
Of course, this is not something that you can do alone unless you live alone and never have company, so the first thing that you need to concentrate on is to be open and set the ground rules for all the people in your house. Plus, do not forget all those friends and relatives that come over to gossip.
With that said, let’s dive right in and learn how to save money on the ever-increasing power bill.
- Lights – The first thing you and your household need to do to save money is turning the lights off when not used. If you don’t need the big overhead light on, turn it off and use a lamp. To be honest, this is one of the most challenging tasks to get across to people, so if you want to save some headaches, install smart light switches or bulbs. You can set them to turn off when people leave the room or through an app on your mobile device.
- Light Bulbs – Another aspect of the lighting that you need to consider is the bulbs. Change them all over to LEDs, including the ones in the shop and garage. If you have some outdoor security lights remove them and switch them out for solar-powered versions.
- Thermostat – If you turn the thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer by even one degree, you will see a huge difference in your electric bill. Now, just imagine if you moved the number two or three degrees. Your body would adjust to the temperatures, and your pocketbook would thank you.
- Compare – Always take the time to compare the utility providers in your area to ensure that you get the best electricity company in QLD. You need to go to an online comparison site and take advantage of the help that they can provide. They will give you multiple offers, which you can then go through and pick the one that fits your needs the best at the price that fits your budget.
- Hot Water Heater – Most hot water heaters are set too high, making them kick on more often to keep the tank at a higher temperature. You need to turn it down to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to save on the electric bill. Never go below that because your tank will begin to form bacteria and mold.
- Showers – It might feel great to stand under the hot streaming shower head, but the longer you stand under the water and the hotter you have the temperature set at, the more power you will use. If you want to relax in some hot water, go to a gym or pool that has a hot tub that you can use.
- Laundry – With the innovative technology today that is put into the production of laundry soap, there is no need to use hot water on your clothes. Turn the knob to cold, and always make sure that you only run the load when it is full.
- Insulate – Older homes are famous for losing their insulation, so if you have the knowledge add some more layers in the attic and crawl space. If you prefer, hire a professional to come in and spray some into place. The savings you will get on your heating and cooling bills will be easily made up for the cost.
- Standby Mode – The new TVs have a setting that allows them to stay in standby mode instead of turning off completely. It will enable them to start up fast, but even when it is not on, standby mode will need power. Go into the settings and turn it off.
- Vampires – The more electronic devices you have, the more vampires will be present. These are the chargers and plugs that are always left plugged into the outlet. Either take the time to unplug them or install smart power strips or plugs to turn off everything when not needed.
There are many different things that you can do to save money on your electric bill, but most of them start with you and your family. If you need a good breakdown of where your power is going, have a contractor come in and hook up their equipment. They will be able to give you a detailed report on how much energy you use when it is being used and where the problem areas are.