Does your electric bill have you down? We’ve collected 5 easy ways to save you a little on your electricity bill this month!
Switch Out Those Bulbs: Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) is one of the quickest, easiest ways to save money—and a place everyone can start. CFLs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. This can save you up to $35 in electric costs over the lifetime of each bulb.
Give Your Thermostat A Nudge: Set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re asleep or away from home. Even 5 degrees could make a difference. Doing so for eight hours can lower your annual heating and cooling costs by around 10%. A programmable thermostat will do the work for you.
Eliminate Any Draft: Make sure your fridge and freezer are well sealed to keep the cold air where it belongs. Same goes for your doors and windows. A bad seal allows energy to seep out, draining your wallet in the process.
Use Smart Power Strips: Some electronic gadgets never truly power off; instead, they sit in standby mode using a trickle of power that can add up over devices and time. These are usually — but not exclusively — items with a remote control, because the remote sensor needs power while waiting for your input. Plug these electronics into a smart power strip, which cuts off the current when the devices aren’t in use.
Upgrade Your Appliances: Don’t rush out to upgrade right away, but when one appliance breaks down consider replacing them with the best energy saving appliance you can afford. BONUS: There are sometimes tax exemptions for these purchases as well, not to mention you’re investing in the overall value of your home.