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5 efficient ways for saving money on your electricity bill
13 Aug 2014

5 efficient ways for saving money on your electricity bill

When I was a little girl, I always wondered that why did my grandmother insist on wearing a sweater instead of putting on the heat. But when I am mature, I has realized how smart my grandmother is.

She do that to save money- for electrics as well as save the expectancy of heat. And I also think that we can learn a few things about the way our frugal ancestors lived. With today’s modern amenities and energy saving appliances, there really is no excuse to be an energy-hog. Conserving energy is better for our pocket and our planet.  Let’s look at 10 ways to save money on your electricity bill— things that you can implement today and possibly see results as soon as the next bill arrives.

1. Replace Lightbulbs

By now everyone is aware of this fact: Switching out your lightbulbs to the amazingly efficient LED’s is just plain smart.  At first these new LED’s were a decorators nightmare with their ugly bright coils that ruin the look of your high-end lamps and add a harsh glare, making the room anything but inviting.Considering the fact that the average household uses 11% of its energy budget on lighting—it is definitely time to switch to modern LED’s  that can reduce lighting energy use by 50% to 75 %, according to InterNACHI. Get a warmly lit room and save money with modern LED bulbs—it’s the best of both!


2. Research Your Local Energy Savings Programs

Are your appliances old and outdated? Do you still have that washer and dryer set you got 13 years ago when you were first married? These old but trusty appliances are energy hogs and are costing you a lot!In the United States, the purchase of Energy Star appliances is on the rise. Want to know exactly how much money you can save by replacing your refrigerator or any other big appliance with an Energy Star one? Upgrading to Energy Star appliances also comes with great rebates that reduce the upfront cost by as much as $100 per appliance.  With so many Energy Star appliances flooding the market, it may be hard to find one that isn’t  energy efficient in the near future, forcing us all to get a bit more green. Research your local energy savings programs to see what is offered—upgrading to more efficient appliances can really save you money!


3. Replace Your Furnace Filter

Furnace filters can be expensive. With most disposable models costing up to $20 and needing to be changed every 3 months. This makes some of us neglect changing our filters on a timely basis and extending their use up to 6 months, but this is a costly mistake.

The use of old, dirty filters causes our heating and ventilating systems to run less efficiently, causing strain on the system and costing us more money.  A strained ventilation system equals a shorter life span, and it would definitely be more expensive to cause an un-timely death of our home heating systems than to just go out and buy a new filter every three months.

You can also purchase re-usable furnace filters that can be taken out for cleaning and then popped back in place. These filters cost a bit more upfront, but are worth considering if the idea of buying a new one every three months seems too much. Replace your dirty furnace filters today and breathe fresh air into your home.


3. Using cold water

No one wants to take a cold shower, so we will not recommend that—even though it would save you a lot in hot water heating costs.

However, your clothes on the other hand would be happy to be washed in cold water, in fact, they would probably last longer if you did.  With the availability of detergents that are meant for cold water washing, most clothes can be properly cleaned in cold water, unless they are really soiled.

The absolute ultimate way to save on your monthly electricity bills would be to wash most of your clothes on the cold cycle in an Energy Star washer, so give your high electricity bill the cold shoulder by washing in cold water whenever possible—your clothes and your wallet will thank you.


4. Open Windows at Night, Shut Curtains During Day

Anybody can do this and it doesn’t cost you a dime to implement. Your homes can cool down by 10 to 15 degrees at night by simply opening up your windows and letting the fresh air in!  Add to this a ceiling fan and you may actually be a tad chilly even in mid-July.

During daylight hours, the bright, glaring midday sun can heat up our homes drastically, causing us to crank the Air conditioning (A/C) unit to high. Instead, try installing blackout curtain panels to your windows or blackout shades. By closing these window treatments when the sun is high, you block out the harsh, hot rays and cool your home dramatically—without the A/C.

This takes us back to the modern conveniences of smart home automation which would allow us to control our window panels/blinds with the touch of a button—even when we are not home. Now that is efficiency at its best!


5. Harness the Power of Sun

While solar panels are not something we can implement easily, they are becoming more popular for homeowners who prefer to go green.Solar panel systems can be costly with some units running upwards of $10,000, but most States have Federal credit that can alleviate this cost drastically. You can research tax incentives by State.  Here is the amazing news—Forbes cites that solar panels are equivalent to planting 88 trees per year, drastically reducing your carbon footprint AND saving an average of 84$ per month on your electricity bills. That sounds like a win-win— for you and for the environment.

On top of the initial price of these units, you also have to incur the cost of hiring a professional to install it, making your upfront costs pretty drastic. This is why there are a lot of people leasing or financing solar panels systems— low interest rates and the increase in value of your home make this something worthy of contemplation.


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