I have reduced my electric bill by 30% with 10 simple steps, and you can too!
I discovered a nifty little tool on my electric company's website. It asks you a few questions about your house; size, types of appliances, number of people in the house, number of stories, etc. Then it compares your electric bill to that of other similar homes in your area. Here is how my house compares:
Here are 10 ways I have reduced my electric bill and energy usage:1.) I unplug appliances I do not regularly use. This saves on "vampire" usage and has cut down my electric bill.
2.) I have an extra freezer in the basement. It is old and not very efficient (but it was free!). I only use it during times when there is no way I can fit everything into my main freezer (once or twice per year). The rest of the time it is empty and unplugged. There is no need to keep it plugged in and running if it is empty.
3.) I have my computer set to go into energy efficient mode after a short set time of inactivity.
4.) I wash all my laundry with . The clothes get just as clean and I am not paying to heat water.
5.) I hang dry a lot (though not all) of my clothes after washing them, eliminating the need to use the dryer.
6.) I only do full loads of laundry, both washing and drying. I find I can mix most of my clothes, despite color (washing in cold water helps prevent colors from running), and so having a full load is rarely a problem.
7.) I turn off lights when I am not in the room. The only light I keep on all the time is one in my kitchen over the sink and three outside my house (for security purposes).
8.) I switched all of my lighting - inside and out - to CFL bulbs. These really are energy efficient and save a lot of money on your bill. As a bonus, you don't need to replace them as often!
9.) I have turned down the temperature on my . This saves energy because the tank is not having to heat the water as often or as much.
10.) In the summer, I use my AC sparingly. For the most part, keeping the ceiling fans running keeps the house relatively cool. For the times when the heat gets excessive, I run the AC just long enough to cool the house off, and then I turn it off again (a programmable thermostat is a must). is a major drain on your !
Why bother?What could you do with an extra $300 a year? That is what I am saving compared to the 'average person' with a house similar to mine. I can fund a lot of craft projects, shopping trips, or travel adventures with that money! it also could go a long way towards funding an emergency fund or paying off a debt. If you could easily earn an extra $300 or more, why wouldn't you?
How do you save money on your electric bill? Leave a comment and let us know!
(This post is linked at Homebody, We Are That Family, The Saved Quarter, The Thrifty Home, Gnowfglins (Simple Lives Thursday), Coupon Teacher, Fantastic Frugal Fridays, The Frugal Girls, and Life as Mom.)