15 Effortless Things You Can Do To Lower Your Electricity Bill (And Help Save The Planet)
If there’s one thing most home-owners have in common is that, at some point in their lifetime, they have complained about their electricity bill! Are we right or are we right?!
Say goodbye to high electricity bills with these 15 effortless things that you can do to lower your electricity bill. On the other plus side, these tips will help you do your part in helping save the planet too! What’s better than more savings in your pocket and living in a better world?!
Check seals on windows, doors and appliances
Make sure the doors to your refrigerator and freezer are securely closed to keep the cold air where it belongs. The same holds true for windows and doors. Your wallet will get drained as a result of an inadequate seal that allows energy to leak out.
Use optimal fridge and freezer temperatures
Set your freezer at around -17 degrees and your refrigerator at 4 degrees. Your food will remain fresh as a result, but your refrigerator and freezer won’t have to work as hard to keep things cold.
Take shorter showers
Did you know that close to 19 liters of water can be saved by taking a shorter shower by two minutes.
Replace your shower head
Installing low-flow shower heads results in less water flowing, which results in less water to heat.
Wash laundry in cold water
The heating of water accounts for 90% of the energy used by your washing machine. Skip the bill and set the thermostat to 30 degrees.
Only wash full washing machine & dishwasher loads
Your dishwasher and washing machine consume a lot of electricity. By just washing full loads, you can reduce the outflow.
Lower the temperature on your water heater
The heating of water uses 13% of the electricity in your house. By adjusting your hot water heater to lower temperatures, you can reduce this proportion. Install an insulating jacket and insulate the first six feet of piping that exits your heater for even greater cost savings.
Replace old appliances
Consider replacing your outdated appliances with new Energy Star ones that consume significantly less energy if they are 10 years old or newer.
Swap out your lightbulbs and switch to LEDs
LED bulbs are 90% more energy efficient than incandescent lighting. Replace your home’s most frequently utilised bulbs. The rest should be replaced as they wear out.
Preheat oven only if necessary
The oven does not typically need to be preheated before baking casseroles or other items that take a long time to cook. Meats and other meals that require a specific temperature are the sole exceptions.
Eliminate phantom loads
Surprisingly, when household devices are turned off, they consume 75% of the energy they utilise. Phantom loads of electricity are generated by devices that store time or other settings, such as televisions, stereos, laptops, and many kitchen appliances. Plugging all of these devices into power strips and developing the practice of turning the strips off when not in use are straightforward solutions.
Cool down food before putting it in the fridge
Hot food will raise the temperature inside your refrigerator, which will make it work harder.
Cook with the lids on
Because heat cannot escape, food cooks more quickly when the lid is on.
Turn your stove and oven off a little early
A few minutes before your food is done, turn off the stove or oven and allow the residual heat finish the work.
Cover up your foods in the fridge
Foods and beverages should not be placed exposed in the refrigerator. Condensation increases the expense of using the refrigerator and makes it work harder.
Bonus: Cosy up before reaching for heating
Wintertime thermostat adjustments can easily be made with just an additional blanket on your bed, saving you money on your heating bill. Cuddling with a partner or a pet is also recommended!