When I moved back to Boston, I had to consider ways to reduce my energy bill. The rent is too darn high in Boston. And saving on utility can help. Does not matter if your rent is not high or mortgage is low if you can save on energy bill that means more money for whatever else you want to do with that money, and I did not really switch electricity provider to find a cheaper rate, I actually did few things to use less energy. Less usage of electricity means lower electric bills.
Conserving energy is important for many reasons. The wise use of resources is important for preserving and protecting our environment. It’s also important for protecting your pocketbook from skyrocketing utility bills. Thankfully, a few wise choices and small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in lowering your energy bill.
Energy Efficient Bulbs
The first thing I did was, I took a trip to the wholesale store to get some LED bulbs. I got mine from BJ’s, you can find LED bulbs from Costco or our very own Amazon. And then change all high power-consuming bulbs. Include one over the over in the kitchen, and all the bulbs in the bathroom. Replace existing bulbs with low power consumption bulbs. Do not throw away the old bulbs. That way, when you vacate the apartment, you can replace your led bulbs with the original bulbs. In the meanwhile, this is an investment to save money.
If you replace the light bulbs in your home with energy-efficient LED light bulbs, you can dramatically lower your electricity costs without any noticeable change in your lifestyle. In addition to lower utility bills, these light bulbs need to be replaced far less often than conventional ones. Using LED does not mean living in dark.
In addition, some energy-efficient LED light bulbs are brighter than conventional bulbs. This means that you can use only one bulb in a light fixture that usually requires multiple bulbs. After you change your bulbs, you still need to make sure that, you do not keep LED bulbs unnecessarily. That will cut down the remaining life of the bulb and will push up the electricity bill.
Turn off Appliances When Not in Use.
You need to take care of the ghost power suckers too. When we keep our appliances plugged in, although those are not being used, they continue to draw a minimum amount of power. So, it is better that you pull the plug out for devices. Now, I understand it is difficult to do that for your modem, TV and other electronics. For that, you can use smart energy-saving to decide as I do.
Develop a habit of turning off the light when you leave a room. Often, a large part of wasted utility costs is keeping all the lights in your home on at all times. Teach children and other family members to turn off the lights also. Even if you cannot pull the plug out, make sure you turn appliances or devices off when you are not using them.
If you’re in the habit of keeping your television on for background noise, try turning it off when it’s not in use. You may find that you enjoy the peace and quiet and your pocketbook will definitely thank you for it!
Do you leave your computer on all the time? Even a small change like turning your computer off overnight can have a positive effect on your energy bill next month. Small changes can add up to big savings without affecting your lifestyle at all. This is not just for desktop computers but laptops too. If you do not want to shut down, at least put it to sleep as soon as possible.
Television or the Laptop
I have a bad habit of keeping the television on while I am working on a laptop. Ideally, I can turn off my TV while I am working on my laptop, that way I can save some energy usage. In the long run that savings will add up..
Do you like to surf the web while watching television? To save money on your energy bill, try an experiment. When you’re watching television, turn the device off. When you’re surfing the web, turn the television off. When trying to do both at the same time, your focus is limited. Plus, you’re wasting energy by trying to do both at the same time. This is again going back to, do not keep devices turned on unnecessarily.
You can consider watching your favorite television shows online. Many of today’s most popular sitcoms and reality shows are broadcast in their entirety online one or two days after they air on television. This will keep you from splitting your focus and save on electricity if you remember to turn the TV off while you watch your favorite program online. I am sure you have Netflix, Hulu, etc, you can watch those on smaller screen devices than on your television. But I get the seduction of a large screen if you cannot let television go, then while watching TV turn off your laptop/ desktop.
Replace Electric Dryer with standing cloth dryer
After moving here, I stopped using an electric dryer and replaced it with a standing cloth dryer. The cloth dryer is really cost-effective. And the electric dryer takes up a lot of electricity, so again I invested in something to reduce electric usage in the long run. And you can too. You can find these standing cloth dryers in BJs, Costco or Amazon.
Regulate the Thermostat
When I was in Arizona, the electric bills were really high, because I kept my thermostat to 72 Fahrenheit during summer. The summer in the desert is not only deadly, but it also kept the AC running and drove up to my electric bill. The electric company gave the idea of setting the thermostat to 78 and use a ceiling fan. I bought fans after that to use during summer and I keep the temperature set at 78 during warm weather.
During the hot summer months, it’s tempting to crank up the air conditioner so that you can cool off. The cooler temperature in your home is refreshing, but it’s also expensive. If you want to lower your monthly electricity bill, keep the thermostat temperature closer to the outside temperature.
In the summer, keep it a few degrees warmer than normal. In the winter, keep it a few degrees cooler. This puts less stress on the air conditioner and furnace, plus it requires less power. But try buying a fan, that way you won’t feel the heat that much. The relative or feel like temperature drops by 5 degrees.
Insulating Windows and Doors reduces electricity Bill
I insulated my windows and door too. This helped during winter. Unfortunately a lot of air leaks into the apartment during winter. The air is cold drives the temperature inside the apartment lower. That means the heater works overtime. Insulating the windows and doors are the cheapest way to use your heater less. And one more trick, I set the thermostat to 68 during winter. You can set it to a lower temperature if you are ok and use a personal space heater.
New Energy Efficient Appliances
Whenever you are buying new appliances, you should go for an energy star rated appliances. I found out, the appliances with higher energy ratings (means they consume less energy) are more expensive. So, it is kind of a tradeoff, between how much money you want to spend for a long term energy saving and environment-friendly appliance.
Most of the modern appliances are designed to use less energy than older models. It can be more expensive upfront to buy energy-efficient appliances, but the monthly savings may be worth it. Eventually, your new appliances will pay for themselves in the money you save on your utility bills.
If you’re willing to make a few small changes, you can save money on your electric bills. All it takes is a willingness to do something different and a desire for more cash in your pocket! Thankfully, you can begin to experience the benefits of your efforts on your next month’s bill.