Are you tired of looking at a high electric bill every month?
You think you're doing what's best to keep it down but unfortunately, it's not being reflected with your bill. Rather than feel lost, we'll go over a few effective ways to save money when it comes to your electric bill.
Ready to see what they are? Let's get into it!
Wash Clothes on Cold
It takes a lot of electricity to heat water. One small way to decrease your electric bill is to wash clothes on the cold setting. They'll still come out the same way as if they were washed on warm.
Unplug Unused Electronics
That Bluetooth speaker you only use so often and that Xbox collecting dust are major energy suckers. They don't need to be plugged in all the time, especially if you only use them a handful of times.
What'll be even better is if you can turn off all the power strips that host devices and electronics you don't use a lot. When you go to bed, turn off and unplug everything that you can. You obviously don't need to use a lot of the stuff you do during the day while you sleep.
Adjust the Thermostat
Adjusting the temperature up or down a couple of degrees can save you tons. Another way to save is to adjust it for when you leave the house. You obviously won't need to heat or cool your home when you're not there.
For unused rooms, there doesn't need to be an influx of heating or air. Turning the thermostat off in those rooms will allow more air (or heat) to flow to the rooms that need it the most.
Change HVAC Filter Often
A dirty filter can leave you wondering why you aren't feeling cold or warm air coming through the vents. That causes you to then turn up the thermostat, raising your bill to be even higher.
When you clean or change the HVAC filter often, that allows air to be pushed through the vents with ease. There's no debris or dust to clog it up to prevent good air flow.
Invest in Solar Panels
While this is a huge investment for most, it's what'll lower your electric bill significantly. Solar panels are a great option for homeowners as the sun will power most of the appliances. Those who have them installed already enjoy an electric bill that's in the lower double digits.
For most states and cities, there are programs that may qualify you for low-cost installations or to purchase solar panels on the cheap. Some research is needed but if you're able to do it, the savings will be significant.
Turn Down the Hot Water Heater
While hot showers and baths are enjoyed daily, they can rack up the costs. All that energy needed to heat up the water increases your bill by a lot.
To save some money, the hot water heater shouldn't be set above 120 degrees. Keeping it low doesn't mean the water won't be warm, it'll just take less energy.