40 ways to reduce electricity bill & save dollars
31. Change your bulbs: Switching to energy efficient light bulbs are a great start to saving on your electricity bill. Not only will that reduce the amount of watts used, but they last a lot longer too.
32. Unplug appliances when not in use: If you really don’t make toast that much, what’s the point in keeping it plugged in? The same goes for lap top plugs, phone chargers, etc…Most of us leave these plugged in until we need them again, wasting energy. Whatever doesn’t require present power, try to unplug it.
33. Cook with lids on: This will enable your food to properly cook in the sufficient time allotted, and not waste more energy with unnecessary heat escaping.
34. Shut the door: It might sound obvious, but the amount of heat or air escaping when you chat with your neighbor through an open door, leave accessible for pets to meander in and out, or the constant traffic caused by kids sneaking snacks in between water fights, fluctuates your heating or cooling’s consistent flow.
35. Take advantage of off-peak rates: Most electric companies offer off-peak reduced rates that you can use to run your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or air conditioner that consume lot of energy.
36: Run dishwasher full loads: Always run your dishwasher full loads. Full loads use the same amount of energy and hot water as smaller loads.
37. Use sleep mode: Spend a few extra money to buy computer peripherals like scanner, printer that goes into sleep mode automatically or turn off when it isn’t being used.
38. Keep your vents open: Some people believe that closing a vent can reduce energy consumption by preventing a need to heat or cool a particular room. That’s actually a myth. Closing vents can actually raise your energy costs.
39. Ditch old fridge: Old refrigerators consume a lot of electricity & increase electricity bill significantly. If you’re still using it, just get rid of it. You can end up saving money by replacing it with a new one. If you have multiple refrigerators, try scaling down to one.
40. Keep blinds or shades closed: The sun can really heat up the room when blinds or shades are kept open. Your air conditioner will use more energy to cool down your home.
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