You would definitely agree with this, our energy bills are one of the most controversial costs that we have to bear every month. But many of us don’t have the idea that lowering such costs doesn’t require expert knowledge, hi-tech green power gadgets, or sacrificing your wallet. You can easily reduce your energy cost by using some simple tricks and making minor adjustments to your appliances.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s do it and start saving!
1.Turn off the default temperature of your water heater
Most water heaters are equipped with a default factory set temperature, normally at 140 degrees. Adjust the temperature clock to 120 degrees; it’ll save you nearly $60 per year from the energy bills.
2. Choose tankless water heaters for your home
Water heaters with tanks can store hot water and that can be used later. These water heaters use 30% more power to keep the stored water hot all the time. So, if you go for a tankless water heater, it’ll help you to save money on electricity bills.
3. Use a shower system with a slow-flowing head
Do you have any idea that older showerheads may waste 4 to 5 gallons of water per minute?
To solve this crisis, a low-flow showerhead would be useful. It can help you to moderate the water flow and save 1.5 gallons/per minute.
Low-flow showerheads are priced from $10 to $200 or more. But what makes them special is they’re so easy to install, save water, and save money every day.
4. Use cold water for washing clothes
Did you know that your washer uses 90% of the energy just to make the water hot? Yes, it’s true.
Washing every load of garments with a hot/warm water cycle needs equal heat to burn about 182 gallons of gasoline. But by using cold water, you will use only the power required to run the washer. Practically, it’s about 0.24 kWh of energy.
5. Buy a programmable thermostat for your home
The United States Department of Education (USDE) estimates that you can save 10% from your electricity bill if you can install a programmable thermostat. The change of temperature by 7 to 10 degrees can have a huge impact on your utility bill. A programmable thermostat may do the trick for you. So, what are you waiting for? Install it asap.
6. Seal the chimney to save heating cost
How can you save energy costs if 8% of your heating expenses are getting wasted through the chimney? You must seal it or install a chimney pillow. It could save at least $80 on a $1,000 utility bill.
7. Consider energy-efficient light bulbs
You can switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and help to manage utility bills. As per energystar.gov, Energy Star-certified CFL light bulbs consume 70% to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent ones. CFL and LED bulbs are quite cheap today. CFL bulbs can save you $30 compared with a normal bulb, whereas an LED bulb can save you as much as $80 more than a normal bulb.
8. Fix your outlets and light switches
You have no idea how much a tiny leakage in the outlets and switches can cost you. A tiny leakage can trigger massive leaks and ruin your interior decor. But you can fix the problem by adding insulation to them.
Just remember to get a specialized outlet and switch plate seals from your nearest hardware store. This will prevent small leakage and prevent short-circuit/power hazards.
9. Optimize the window coverings
Depending on the season, you can control the temperature of your home just by optimizing the window coverings. In the winter, let the sun rays heat up your room throughout the day so that you can lower the usage of the room heater.
You can use a clear window film to cover your windows and prevent the freezing wind from entering your place. You can buy films at less than $1 per window.
10. Adjust your fridge and freezer temperature
If you really want to reduce the cost of energy bills, set your fridge to 38 degrees and your freezer to 5 degrees. By setting this temperature, you can keep your food fresh longer than expected. This way you don’t have to change the temperature of your fridge and freezer too often.
11. Go for a low charged internet speed plan
Internet providers always tell you to pick the fastest speed option, but if you choose the basic 20Mbps speed connection, it’ll be enough for a typical family usage like surfing, emailing, and streaming videos.
By downgrading your plan, you can save $120 every year, approximately.
12. Search for free Wi-Fi
Too much usage of the internet on your phone may easily cost you more than $180 a year due to excess data consumption. Search for free Wi-Fi connections. Go to nearby locations if you are out of data. Some places like cafes, shopping malls, or even public parks have a good free Wi-Fi connection. It is free, has it, and saves money on utility bills.
13. Reduce the usage of other appliances and electronic goods
Due to the implementation of smart technologies in electronic appliances, most of them do not consume too much energy for their functionality. But there are a few economical gadgets which may share about 17% of your power cost. Some of the examples are:
- Video game gadgets (e.g. Gaming PC’s, Xbox One, PS4)
- Electric iron
- Office desktop computers
- LED TV
If you want to reduce your energy bills by 17%, try to lower the usage of these power-consuming gadgets/appliances as soon as possible.
14. Upgrade your appliances
You may upgrade your electrical appliances which you are using for two or three years. Multinational electrical companies are introducing new features and power saver models for their appliances. So, technically, newly launched products are way more power saver than the older models. You may also get tax exemptions for buying these products as well.
Buying your new appliances in bulk may give you big discounts. This way you can not only save expenses on energy bills but can also save a lot while buying such wallet-friendly appliances.
15. Find unused subscriptions
Find all unused subscriptions and calculate how much you are paying for them every month or quarter. An average user can save $100 or more per year by canceling unwanted subscriptions or simply renegotiating the bills.
16. Contact your utility company
Your utility company may offer you some cost-savings programs. Some companies may help you to install remote-controlled thermostats that you can control. These thermostats can also be controlled through timers. You won’t notice the difference, but it’ll surely help you to manage your utility bills every month.