The Power to Save

5 Ways to Save On Your Electric Bill

People are always looking for ways to save a bit here and there, and on a bill that can at times skyrocket like your electric bill, sometimes the difference can be astonishing. Take a look at some of these tricks we came up with to save a little money, and we hope you can start implementing them in your daily routine to keep your wallet fat!

 

  1. Ceiling Fans are Your Friend

One of the keys to getting your electric bill down is using fewer watts, which is how we measure electric energy. Central air conditioners are going to use about 2,000 watts, while a ceiling fan will use only about 75. Ceiling fans will create the same chilling effect than an AC provides, but for a huge saving in energy. Just be sure to turn the ceiling fan off when you leave the room!

  1. No More Leaky Faucets

We all have had those sinks that just drip and drip and drip and drip. It’s annoying, but that’s usually not motivation enough to actually get up and do it. Let the savings be what convinces you. An average leak can end up wasting 10,000 gallons of water each year, which is enough to do 270 loads of laundry. By simply fixing that leak, most homes will save about 10% on their water bill. Having a leaky faucet simply isn’t worth it. Here is a fun tutorial on ways you can fix your faucet if you are new to this.

  1. Keep an Eye Out for Appliances with the Energy Star

Energy Star is a standard for appliances that was established by the U.S. government to promote products that operate at higher energy efficiency. These products usually use 10-50% less energy than standard appliances. Is your toaster bad? Your blender not blending? Time to go for a new one, and this time with the Energy Star logo.

  1. Low Flow Showerheads

Although the proper suggestion would be to take shorter showers, we all know that we don’t think quite as logical when it’s 7:30 am and we are getting hit with that amazing, steaming water on our backs. But by switching to low flow showerheads, you end up saving large amounts of water while still being able to comfortably shower like usual. Normal showerheads use about 3 or 4 gallons per minute, but a low flow showerhead only uses 2. Stretched over a full year, this will save you between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons. And the best part? They are priced just the same as your normal showerhead! Let the savings begin.

  1. The Magic Number to Set Your Water Heater Temperature To

Pop quiz: Do you know the temperature your water heater is currently set to? It seems like an odd question, but most water heater’s default temperature is 140 degrees. However, the suggested temperature is far lower than that- 120 degrees. This prevents the risk of scalding as well as saves you a lot of money. For every 10 degrees you turn down on your water heater, you can expect to see $30 savings annually. It also will prevent mineral buildup in your pipes, which –no surprise- end up driving up your electric bill. This is a great and really easy way to save a bit every month.

45 Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

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There are a lot of ways to save money on your electric bill. Our favorite is to go solar with LGCY Power. There are also 40+ other ways you can save electricity and lower your power bill.

  1. Go Solar. Naturally. Save up to 20 percent on your electric bill alone.
  2. Install attic insulation – keep cool in summer and warm in winter.
  3. Use ceiling fans
  4. Use shades, blinds & drapers – keep the sun from overheating your home in summer and open them to let the sun heat your home in winter.
  5. Limit use of portable heaters
  6. Cover bare floors
  7. Turn exhaust fans off
  8. Fix leaky faucets
  9. Install low-flow showerheads
  10. Taker shorter showers
  11. Hang light-colored curtains – Keep the sun from overheating your home while letting light in.
  12. Change AC/heating filters monthly
  13. Switch ceiling fan direction – In winter, fans can blow heat down from the ceiling.
  14. Close fireplace dampers – You can also install glass doors to keep warm air in the room
  15. Install a programmable thermostat – Raise the temperature a few degrees to lower the cooling costs, and lower it a few degrees to lower heating costs.
  16. Keep your freezer full – It uses less energy. Consider a gallon container of water to take up space.
  17. Set refrigerator temperature – between 30° and 42°
  18. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
  19. Run appliances at night
  20. Turn off your dishwasher after washing – Open the door and let your dishes air dry.
  21. Turn exhaust fans off
  22. Use microwaves and toaster ovens. – They use less energy.
  23. Use copper-bottom posts – They heat more efficiently, and use small burners for small pots.
  24. Turn off burners – when food is most ready and let the residual heat finish the cooking.
  25. Plant trees and shrubs – and use awnings outdoors to keep the sun from overheating.
  26. Install energy-efficient windows and doors – Use double-glazing, solar screens and window films.
  27. Close unused vents – and close off unused rooms.
  28. Time your lights – Use a timer to turn lights on in the morning and turn them off when you’re not home.
  29. Don’t block vents.
  30. Unplug electronics – Unplug battery chargers when not charging a device.
  31. Switch to CFL bulbs
  32. Laptops use less electricity than desktops
  33. Use a power strip – and switch off when you’re not using the electronics.
  34. Wash and dry several loads at once – so the dryer doesn’t have a chance to cool down.
  35. Wash with cold water as much as possible.
  36. Air-dry your lightest fabrics.
  37. Look for Energy Star – when buying appliances.
  38. Clean the lint filter after every load.
  39. Install fluorescent tubes in work areas
  40. Insulate hot water pipes – Check for leaks and insulate the first 6 feet.
  41. Repair leaky ducts
  42. Get an insulation wrap for your water heater.
  43. Turn off water heater when going on vacation and install a timer to turn it off when you’re not home during the day.
  44. Lower your water heater to 120°
  45. Grill out more during the summer to keep the oven from heating up your home.

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