9 Household Hacks to Save on Electricity
Mid-Spring is the start of rising temperatures, and if you’re looking to save money on your electric bill, a must for when we switch to warmer months (a.k.a summertime), you’ll need to tackle items in your home that are the biggest electricity hogs first!
Of course, most homeowners may feel like it’s too time-consuming and expensive to make sweeping changes to their electrical usage, which is quite common. Nevertheless, it’s best to consider the potential savings it can bring you– and we’re talking about hundreds of dollars by the end of the year!
So, if you’re ready to cut some costs on your electrical expenses, here are nine household hacks that are easy to do that you won’t even need an electrician or handyman to help you out.
Start turning down your thermostat at night
While most of us sleep better when our rooms are a bit cooler than how we’d like it during the daytime, you’ll save money on your electric bill if you turn your thermostat down at night. Since it’s cooler outside during nighttime, it will take a lot less energy to cool our home. In fact, most houses will stay cool all morning, so you won’t have to run your AC again until late afternoon.
Don’t forget to change your AC filter
If you didn’t already know, your electrical furnace system needs regular maintenance for efficient output. Be sure to change your furnace filters– otherwise, you’re not only putting you and your family at risk with dangerous allergens, but you are also potentially ruining your heating and cooling system.
Change your ac filters at least once at the beginning of each season for optimal performance. If you fail to do so, your AC system will work harder and use more energy.
Learn the art of Unplugging
Did you know that you waste at least $50 a year on electrical devices plugged in and not being used? So, even if you’re NOT currently using something, it wastes energy by using standby power. Remember to unplug unused appliances to save money on your electric bill.
Throw in a dry towel
Do you want to know a simple hack to save energy while doing your laundry? When you dry your next load of laundry, throw in a dry towel with it! It will help soak up the excess water that many washing machines leave in your clothes and reduce drying times. The less the dryer is running, the more you save.
Wash laundry in full loads
Stop doing your laundry in installments! Running full loads of laundry, regardless of what type of washer or dryer you have, will help you save money, as it allows you one less load of laundry a week.
Turn off those lights
An obvious tip, but it’s most often neglected! Don’t forget to turn off the lights whenever you leave a room. It’s literally one of the easiest ways to save money on your electric bill.
Try air-drying your dishes
Did you know that turning off the “heat dry” setting on your electric dishwasher will save you big money on your electric bill over the year? Start air drying your dishes! It’s free and a more effective method than steaming your dishes dry (which is what the “heat dry” setting ultimately does).
Always keep your fridge cool
Start setting your refrigerator to 40 degrees and save on electricity! Many people will tell you to set your refrigerator between 35-38 degrees, but there’s no need for that. On the contrary, it causes your fridge to run less efficiently, costing you money and leaving your refrigerated foods frozen.
Led bulbs are key
Swap your incandescent bulbs for LEDs! LED bulbs use less electricity compared to the “old-school” bulbs, and they can potentially save you hundreds on your electric bill for just a decade.