Life Hacks: Reducing Your Electric Bill

There are a lot of things that you can do without and your ridiculously high electric bill is most probably at the top of that list. If you’re still reeling from the shock of your last bill, then it’s time to start managing your energy consumption.

You’d be surprised to know that you can reduce what you’re paying for electricity by simply changing the way you do some things. Here are some great examples of simple things that have a huge impact on the energy you consume. Energy-saving tips and solutions for each example are also included.

Lights Ablaze

If you’re used to leaving the lights on in an unoccupied room, then that is definitely hurting you — and your bank account. Your energy company charges you for each kilowatt-hour. So the lights you forgot to turn off will continue to consume electricity and cost you money.

Energy Saving Tip: This may seem quite simple but would definitely need a change in habit. To start you off, you can put a temporary label near the light switch. You can use a plain Post-It note in a distinct color that can call your attention as you leave the room. This will help you develop the habit of turning off the lights.

If you have lights inside your closet, then you also need to remember turning these off after you get what you need.

Bulb Choice

If you are still using incandescent bulbs, you are consuming quite a high amount of energy. These are bulbs that have a yellowish tint that require higher wattage to provide more light. A typical wattage used in most households is 60 watts.

Energy Saving Tip: Switching to a more efficient bulb can let you light up your home for less money. With incandescent lightbulbs, almost 90% of the energy they use is given off as heat. So, the illumination it provides actually uses less energy.

There are new bulb choices that use electricity efficiently. You can choose from halogen incandescent, LEDs, and CFLs. These require less wattage but produce the same amount of — if not better — lighting for your home.

Leaving Appliances Plugged In

Turning off the TV or any other appliance when it’s not is use is a good way of saving electricity. However, did you know that these still eat up energy? Modern appliances don’t really turn off. These simply go on a standby mode. This is why you can easily turn on the TV with a remote from across the room. As long as it is plugged in, it will continue to draw energy.

Energy Saving Tip: Unplug appliances that are not being used. Remember that if it can be activated with a remote or has a clock and is plugged in, it will have an impact on your bill. You can also use power strips that you can turn of when the appliance is not being used.