Electricity is a bill that takes a big bite out of home budgets today. And since green is the new black, so to speak, and everyone is aware of how their “footprint” is affecting the environment, this is an area where it makes sense to see where you can tighten the proverbial belt. It’s actually easier to save some money on electricity bills than you think, and it’s totally painless and easy to do! Here are some tips and suggestions from your friendly neighborhood electrician for whittling down your electricity bill:
- Replace halogen light bulbs with CFL bulbs; they’ll cost a little more up front, but the pull less power and last about 13 times long than the old bulbs. And that actually makes them less expensive in the long run.
- Phantom energy use is more of a pull on electricity bills than anyone believes, but it’s true. It may be that each thing that’s still plugged in draws very little energy, but when you add up the 20 to 30 things you probably have plugged in right this moment, it adds up quick. Stop the madness and unplug things when not in use.
- An appliance is a big expense, but if yours is older, it’s time to look at replacing it. Look for appliances with Energy Star stickers, because they mean a true savings in energy costs.
- Ceiling fans are an amazing way to cut down on your heating and cooling needs, and that’s all we’re going to say.
- Only run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine; you really shouldn’t run a load of laundry just to wash that one pair of pants you want to wear.