Saving money on your electric bill doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re at the point where you get nervous opening your monthly statement after it arrives in the mail, now is the time to start practicing better habits. When it comes to saving electricity, a little bit here and a little bit there can add up to a lot.
Use That Ceiling Fan
During those warm days of spring and hot days of summer using a ceiling fan can make a room feel 10 degrees cooler. And compared to your central air conditioning system, a ceiling fan uses 90% less energy. So consider raising the temperature on your air conditioner while running your ceiling fans in rooms that are occupied.
But don’t forget to turn them off when rooms are empty.
Turn Off That Burner Early
When cooking on your stove using a burner, you can actually turn it off early. According to the California Energy Commission, the stove will still continue to give off enough heat to finish the cooking process. By doing so, you will save electricity.
This works for most foods but there are exceptions. If you’re pan frying or searing meat this might not be a good idea because those processes require consistent heat for best results.
Get LED Bulbs Now
Stop buying the old style of light bulbs right now. Yes, we know they are cheap (in many cases you can buy a 4-pack for $1). But what you save in purchasing them, you lose in electricity costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use 75% less energy. On top of that, they last 25 times longer.
Many people believe that LED bulbs won’t fit in their standard lamps. That is not the case. In fact, many LED bulbs look the same as traditional incandescent bulbs. So the fact that they use less energy and last longer, that is a true path to real savings.
As for how much these bulbs cost, you can get a 6-pack of 60W LED bulbs on Amazon for as low as $14.
Stop Using Hot Water on Laundry
This is an interesting tip. For decades we have been taught that you wash certain types of clothing in specific water temperatures. For whites, we have been taught to wash them in hot water. That being said, according to the Alliance to Save Energy using cold water to wash your laundry can save families as much as $63/year.
It’s Time for Motion Detectors
Have you even been in a fancy hotel room where lights turn themselves on and off as they detect motion? You can purchase those same types of lights for your home as well.
One of the tips you constantly read and hear about when it comes to saving money on your power bill is to turn the lights off as you leave rooms. But for some reason, that seems to be too much to ask for many people, especially kids. If you think about it, how many times have you had to tell your kids to go back to their room and turn out the lights?
Purchasing light bulbs with built-in motion detectors can fix that problem. They can detect and power up when someone is in the room and turn off when you leave.
These bulbs aren’t necessarily cheap. One motion-detector LED bulb can cost as much as $10. But it will definitely save you money in the long run.