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Don’t Let Electricity Bill Go Through The Roof. Control Your Expenses With These Tips

Date May 16, 2018

It is always a good idea to think about saving energy. Not only do you cut your expenses, but you also help the planet. There are many ways to lower your energy consumption, from most obvious ones to some which you couldn’t have imagined. Here are some tips to spend less:

  • check and locate where you spend the most electricity;
  • install dimmer switches, so that you use only the light you need;

  • if you fill your food refrigerator, it will need less energy to keep everything cold;
  • do not put warm food into the fridge. This way you only increase the temperature inside the refrigerator;
  • install ceiling fans to circulate the air, so that you can do without air conditioning;
  • dry your clothes in the sun ... or at least do not use a dryer too much;
  • keep your dryer’s filter clean not to overwork it;
  • tumble-dry your clothes, so that your dryer works faster;
  • many of your devices go to the "idle" mode that continues to consume energy. These are televisions, computers, microwaves, etc. Turn them off completely!
  • install a fan in the attic, so that you can eliminate hot air coming from above;
  • allow your house to be isolated from the sun if needed. Use curtains, blinds, windows, so that you save money on the temperature inside;
  • get your air conditioner checked at least once a year. It will work better and consume less energy;
  • clean your air filters every 30 days, you will have cleaner air and spend less electricity;

  • stop using incandescent bulbs and switch to LEDs, they are up to 90% more energy efficient;
  • plant trees around your house. They will provide your home with shade and more oxygen;
  • if you have a boiler or electric heater, set a lower heating temperature;
  • invest in energy-saving appliances ("Energy Star"). They are cheaper in the long run;
  • make sure your washing machine doesn’t wash with hot water;
  • use your washing machine only for full loads;
  • get a thermostat that you can program the heating;
  • add more blankets instead of turning up the heater;

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  • when you are going to change your water heater, go with a tankless one;
  • install electrical insulators to all your switches and outlets so there is no energy leak;
  • get a storm door to keep the extreme weather out of your home;
  • clean the fridge condensers for optimal functioning;
  • turn off the oven ahead of time and let the rest of the heat finish the cooking;
  • install motion sensors, so that you have the light on only when someone is using it;
  • install smart regulators and forget about standby power consumption;
  • change night lights to LEDs;
  • change your exterior lights to solar, so that they can charge during the day and shine at night;
  • install an automatic water heater that switches on demand;
  • do not put covered food in the refrigerator, it will need more energy to cool it;
  • keep your fridge as isolated from the outside climate as possible;
  • cover the pots while cooking, so that the heat doesn’t escape and you could cook faster;
  • don’t preheat the oven unless absolutely necessary;

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  • a microwave oven uses less energy than the electric one and cooks faster;
  • clean your water heater from sediment. In the long run, it will save energy;
  • keep your heater insulated, so it doesn’t lose heat;
  • make sure your home is properly isolated from the outside climate;
  • you can use insulating paint to protect your home from the sun and the cold. 

It may seem like a lot of work, but you don’t have to do everything at the same time. Bit by bit, you will be spending less on electricity. Besides, this way you save and protect the planet. What more could you ask for?

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