Every month, that dreaded letter comes in the mail. Opening your electric bill is like opening a christmas present, minus the joy and the wrapping paper: The element of surprise always hits you like a truck. Sometimes, there’s a few days after opening it where you decide to cut down on your hot water usage, turn down the thermostat, and unplug your electronics, but for some reason, the next bill is always equally surprising, leaving you confused and annoyed.
So, how can you ACTUALLY lower your electric bill? We’ve got some cash-saving secrets that will make your next electricity bill put a smile on your face.
- Keep your thermostat steady! You may not know this, but the main way your heating & cooling costs you money isn’t about what temperature it is, but actually about how hard it has to work to raise and lower the temperature. Rather than freezing in your own home, just pick your preferred temperature and keep it that way, all the time.
- Surround your water heater with insulation! Rather than making your water heater work day and night to keep the water hot, you can insulate it so the hot water stays hot. This is a quick and easy way to cut your costs.
- Don’t wash your clothes on-peak times! Depending on the time of day, it can actually cost over 2X as much to use electricity! For high-energy tasks like washing clothes, doing the dishes, and more, stick to the off-peak hours. Consult with your electricity provider to find out when these times are, and remember, they change by the season.
- Seal your doors & windows! You may be spending A LOT of money just to condition the air that leaves in 5 minutes under your windows, or your doors. Save that expensive air by making sure it can’t escape through your doors & windows.
- Utilize the natural heat from the sun! If your house is too hot, simply closing the blinds will drastically lower the temperature, and if your house is too cold, just open the blinds and let the greenhouse effect heat up your house! This is a very fast and easy way to regulate your home temperature without using A/C or heating.
- Does your fridge have an ice maker? Turn it off! Numerous studies have proven that ice makers inside of fridges drastically raise their energy consumption. They may be convenient, but perhaps an old-fashioned ice tray will work just fine.
- Air dry your clothes! Not only is this good for cutting your electric bill, but it’s good for your clothes, too! Using this one simple trick, you can cut an entire high-energy appliance out of your bill, and perhaps you can even sell your dryer all together, which will put even more money in your pocket.
- Get attic insulation! TONS of hot & cold air escapes through your attic every day, leading to higher bills from your A/C or furnace having to work over-time. Attic insulation has been proven to return the money it costs VERY quickly in electricity savings. For a great deal on insulation, click here to get started saving on your electricity this week!
- Get timed outlets! You can buy timed devices that plug into your outlets for as little as $10, and use them for devices that are usually plugged in all the time (like your T.V, your oven, and more) to save money, without the hassle of running around plugging and un-plugging things all day.
- Replace your traditional lightbulbs with LED ones! Not only do they last up to 25X longer than traditional lightbulbs, they use only 10% of the electricity! If you don’t already have LED bulbs, we highly recommend you head down to the store (or Amazon) today and purchase some!
- Sell unnecessary appliances! Do you have a freezer you barely use? Maybe an extra fridge in the basement for cans of pop? These not-needed appliances can still add a lot of money to your monthly bill, so we recommend getting rid of them ASAP. Not to mention, if you sell your appliances on second-hand sites like Kijiji, it might even cover the cost of your next bill altogether!
- Don’t do half-loads! Whether it’s your dishwasher, laundry machine, or dryer, making sure you get as much as possible out of each and every load will ensure you don’t need to use more electricity (and spend more money) later on.
Which of these money saving life-hacks will you be using this month? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to suggest any other tips you didn’t see on this list!