by admin On Sep 8 2015
Paying an energy bill isn’t exactly the most fun thing in the world, but we all know how unlivable our lives would be without the various modern comforts electricity affords us. That being said, there are things you might unknowingly be doing to drive up your electricity usage and hence your electricity bill. Decrease your usage by following these simple tips:
Using the right light bulbs.
Despite the fact that multiple bulbs might work in a light fixture, not using the specified wattage could be wasting you tons of energy every month. Make sure you use the exact wattage and type specified for each light fixture in your home to save money. Consider using Energy Star-qualified bulbs; not only do they use less energy but also last up to 10 times longer, saving money on your bill and replacement bulbs.
Using your dishwasher inefficiently.
Dishwashers are a modern essential that keep us from standing over the sink for ages washing dishes. In fact, did you know that running a full load of dishes is actually more energy efficient than hand washing them? Always run a full load rather than multiple small ones, and try not to utilize the heated drying feature.
Letting your refrigerator eat up way too much energy.
Your fridge is one of the biggest consumers of energy in your house. In order to keep it running resourcefully, make sure you do the following: keep it between 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit, leave room for air circulation behind the fridge and check the gaskets (seals) around the door to make sure they’re tight and keeping air in properly. Keeping it full and stocked with food can also help prevent the temperature from dropping drastically when the door is opened. Oh, and every time you open the fridge to browse what’s in there is definitely having an impact on your bill: try to open and close the door minimally.
By making these small changes, you could have a pretty substantial impact on how much you pay every month. Do you already do these things to save energy? What other things do you do to lower your power usage? Find out how to save more energy and money on our website.