These simple cost-cutting tips for electricity usage can help save homeowners money each month!
If you are like most homeowners, you are constantly on the lookout for ways to save money. Implementing some or all these cost-cutting tips for electricity can help to accomplish this important goal. When you are able to minimize the amount of electricity you’re using daily, weekly, and monthly, you are taking important steps in reducing monthly electricity costs and increasing your energy savings at the same time.
Reducing the amount of electricity you use in your living space not only will shrink your electric bill but will also help contribute to a healthier environment overall. There are several possible ways in which you can reduce your electricity usage and the amount of energy used in your home. If you are looking to reduce energy consumption in your home, then try these simple but effective cost-cutting tips for electricity.
- Use cold water when you are washing loads of laundry rather than the typical hot water and see the difference in your monthly bill;
- When possible, hang your clothes to dry instead of using a dryer since your electric dryer sucks up a whole lot of energy and money;
- Unplug any items that are not being used throughout your living space, especially electronics. Items not in use, but are still plugged in, use a good amount of electricity and energy still;
- Install LED light bulbs anywhere possible in your home and try turning off the lights for an extra two hours per day and see how much money you will save;
- Turn off any ceiling lights you may have and start utilizing table lamps with lower wattage, even track lighting in your work-at-home area, or under-cabinet lights in your kitchen area;
- Do not use the heat/dry setting when running your dishwasher; it uses a great deal of energy;
- Set your refrigerator and freezer temperatures to an ideal lower setting. Try setting the refrigerator at or below 40° F (4° C) and your freezer at 0° F (-18° C);
- Set your computers to flip over to standby mode whenever they are not in use;
- If you are still using an old-fashioned desktop computer, switch over to a laptop now;
- Be sure to pull phone and electronic chargers from the outlets once devices are fully charged;
- Always turn off the lights when leaving a room;
- Be sure to adjust the settings on your air conditioner so that it does not run at full force when you are away from home; and
- Reduce the amount of heat that is generated in your kitchen, especially in the summertime.
In addition to the above practical cost-cutting tips, you can also contact your local electric company and find out more information about “time of use programs.” These programs charge different rates for peak hours in comparison to off hours. If you get in the habit of using most of the electricity in your home during what is referred to as the ‘off hours’ you can, over time, save a significant amount of monies.
At Gervais Electric, Inc. our clients are our #1 priority which is why we wanted to share these simple yet important cost-cutting tips for electricity. Be sure to reach out to our highly skilled and experienced team of electricians for all your electrical needs. We look forward to serving you with the highest quality electrical products, repairs, and services in Middle Tennessee whether winter, spring, summer or fall.