Electricity bills are something that really pisses us off every time we receive them on the end of the month. We always think that our consummation is very little but still pay a lot for it. How can we stop from happening again?
Light your room moderately
First things first, turn off the light every time you leave your room. It’s very easy to do and it saves a great amount of energy and money of course. You need to realize that lighting in most homes accounts for 10 to 15 % of our monthly electricity bill. With smarter consummation, we could save up to 200 $ per year, just by turning off unused lights. On the other hand, turning lighting too long will warm your room unnecessarily.
Try to use small task lighting in your room to light your room necessarily instead of switching you master lighting for doing any kind of activities. One of the least expensive and most effective changes you can make in your home is replacing your light bulbs. Maybe they are not as bright as the normal ones but they would definitely save you a lot of money.
Unplug home appliances if you’re not using them
We normally use the facility of our remote to switch off our appliances like TV, DVD, etc. Well actually they are not actually switched off completely, we just keep them on standby mode and yes, it consumes energy. If you want to stop completely your applications, un-plug them! This is the only way to cut the electricity completely. Even unused phone charger still consumes energy if you don’t unplug them from the socket. So unplug all appliances after utilization.
Choose the “greenest” appliances
If you are shopping for new appliances, make sure to look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star label before making a purchase. Energy Star appliances use between 10 and 50 percent less energy and water than their conventional counterparts. They may cost more than appliances without the Energy Star designation, but in most cases they will more than make up that additional cost through energy savings.
Here tips of the best practice for kitchen appliances to save energy:
- If you have a washer dryer, try to load clothes as much as possible at once instead of using it several times.
- For washing machine users, do not set the temperature more than 30 degrees in order save energy and to prevent your clothes to shrink!
- Have your fridge’s door open as rare as possible or use smaller fridge if possible to save space and energy.
- Oven consume a lot, maximize the utility of microwaves! It consumes lesser energy. If you really need to use your oven, use gas instead of electricity. Gas is certainly more eco friendly and cheaper!
More than 50 percent of a home’s energy use goes toward heating and cooling. Beefing up the insulation in your house’s attic, walls, floors and ceilings slows the flow of air between inside and outside, making it easier to control your home’s temperature.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats work by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature to your schedule, keeping it comfortable only when you need it to be. If you don’t already adjust your thermostat throughout the day, a programmable thermostat could save you as much as 15 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Plant Trees and Shrubs
Planting shade trees around your home can lower your summer energy bill by reducing your home’s exposure to the sun. Properly placed tress can cut your summer electric bill by up to 40 percent. Energy savings from a tree varies greatly depending on its size and location in relation to your house. Planting shrubs and bushes around your home can improve insulation in the summer and winter.