Friday, September 3, 2010

How to Save on Your Electric Bill

Have you ever wondered how you could save money on your electric bill? It is very possible to lower your bill and at the same time help the environment! First we all know there are basic ways to save on our power bills so here is a quick list (including their approximate yearly savings):

• Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs = $125
• Turn off lights and appliances = $300
• Wash laundry in cold water = $160
• Hang dry clothes instead of using a dryer = $200

Another trick we have found to make a difference in our bill is to UNPLUG appliances when not in use. All of our appliances drain energy when plugged in (even if they are in the off position). If you would like to find out how much energy your appliances are really using you can purchase a watt meter and measure it yourself and then determine which ones are worth unplugging. Some watt meters that are available can actually calculate how much you could save by simply keeping appliances unplugged.

Some other tips:

• Use fans instead of air conditioning (or keep your air conditioning set around 76 in the summer and use fans to circulate the air).
• Use space heaters in the winter (or keep your heat set around 68)
• Purchase energy star appliances
• If applicable look into Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• Simply call your power company and ask for tips, payment plans, flat fee rates, offers, or inspections.

3 comments:

  1. Dear Rose,

    This article is an amazing article. It's short, sweet, and well-organized. It also gets across that you can really save a lot of money by simply living smarter, and it's easy!

    When appliances are plugged in, they suck up energy regardless, so that they can be used quickly instead of taking time to get energy from the source. This is called "vampire" power/electricity.

    Wonderful article, keep up the good work! ;]

    Thank you,
    Randall A.

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  2. @Randall A.

    Thank you so much for your comment. You are right that these tips are easy, we have been following them and we have seen a big difference in our bills. I hope that others will start to see a difference as well!

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  3. Hi Rose,

    Another way of helping out with your electric or heat is to go to a local church. Many churches will help as much as they can for a family in dire need! I had to go to one at one point in my life when my son was always in the hospital, I couldnt work during the day and the only job I could find at work, paid basically, minimum wage. It was a blessing to find a place that would help. The heating assistance provided with one month's worth and so did the church, it ended up not ruining my children's Christmas, and to Thank them I sent many of the good clothes I could find the kids no longer used.

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