When you get your electric bill does it seem like – during the winter and summer months – it’s almost as high as what you pay your mortgage company? It happens sometimes, but really, it shouldn’t.
If you’re like me, you’ve tried to cut back by turning off lights when you leave a room or by making sure the television is turned off when it’s not being watched and these things might have helped some, but not as much as you thought they should. Maybe there are things you can be doing that you haven’t yet considered.
In the summer months try switching your thermostat to 80 degrees. It might sound hot, but use your ceiling fans and buy some free standing fans that can help to move the air around for you. When you use your ceiling fans in the summer make sure they blow down. And did you know that using fans can help save you around $600 each year – that’s $50 per month.
You can also wear fewer clothes in the summer while in the house. Again, 80 degrees for your thermostat might seem high, but when you have on fewer clothes then it won’t seem too bad at all – particularly if the temperature outside is 90 degrees. It will actually feel cooler.
In the winter months set your thermostat at around 68 degrees or lower. Wear layers and sweaters to keep warm and keep a throw or blanket on the couch for when you are watching television. You don’t have to freeze in your own home, but you also don’t have to spend a ton of money to heat it.
Consider purchasing small space heaters. They don’t use as much electricity and it allows you to set your thermostat lower. Take it from room to room so you’ll be warmer in the room you are in at the time. There are a variety of types and looks that you can choose from.
The big thing electric companies will tell you to do is to set it and forget it, but if you are going to be gone on vacation or gone over a long weekend it’s best to just turn it off. Turn it back on when you get home and it should kick right on and have your house cooled off or heated up in no time at all.
Always replace your air conditioner filter at least once a month. If the filter is dirty then your air conditioner will work harder which in turn will increase your electric bill. Clean all of the registers in your house so that air can flow through them easily like it should.
Check all of your air ducts to make sure they don’t have any leaks in them that heat or air can be escaping through. If you have an older unit then the duct work will be older which makes it more susceptible to holes or tears.
Have someone go through and check the insulation in your attic or do it yourself if you can. Install an attic fan if needed and you can save several dollars each month on your electric bill. If it’s not insulated as well as it should be you’ll be losing heat and air right out the roof.
Use blackout curtains that block the sun in the summer and keep out the cold in the winter. I’ve used blackout curtains in my living room where I have a big picture window and in the bedroom not only to keep out the sun when I’m not ready to get up in the mornings, but to keep it warmer or cooler depending on the month. I love them!!
If you have a dishwasher, only use it when it’s full and don’t use the heat cycle and run it at night when the price of electricity is lower. You can check rates at your local power board for the “prime time” of electrical usage and avoid running your dishwasher or your washer or dryer during those times.
If it’s summer time, consider getting a clothes line to hang your clothes on. This can save you a ton of money each month. I wash my clothes and hang them out then when they are almost dry, I’ll throw them in the dryer for 5 minutes with a Bounce sheet and they come out just like I’ve dried them through an entire cycle.
I do that because some items (blue jeans) will dry stiff as a board and I just can’t wear those. Some people can, but I’m someone who just can’t do it. So, I like my way better. I can do 5 loads of washing, but only 25 minutes of drying for the entire 5 loads.
Small changes in your household can lead to some big money savings for you and your family. More money in your pocket is always a good thing!! For more money saving ideas on saving on ALL of your utilities, pick up my book below!