How to Reduce Your Electricity Costs
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How to Reduce Your Electricity Costs

A guide for homeowners on how they can reduce the amount of electricity that they use and thus reduce their electricity costs every month.

After paying your mortgage or rent, electricity is one of the major costs in all households. Electricity is a necessity to light your home and to use most household appliances, so it is an expenditure that cannot be avoided. However, there are simple ways that you can reduce the cost of electricity in your household. In addition to the financial benefits, you will also be helping the environment into the bargain. Here are some ways in which you can lower the cost of your energy bills.

Turn Out the Lights

One of the greatest uses of electricity in the home is lighting. Having all the lights on in your home can greatly increase the amount that you spend on electricity. It is not necessary to have every light in the house on. By getting yourself and other members of your household to remember to turn off the lights when they leave a room you can dramatically reduce your overall expenditure. Also, don’t turn on the lights until it is absolutely necessary and avoid leaving any on overnight as this can really build up the cost.

Turn Off Appliances

Whether you leave appliances turned on or remember to turn them off can make a significant difference to your bill. It is a temptation to leave the computer and the television on standby overnight, or to leave the iron plugged in while you are not using it. By simply remembering to turn off the appliances while you are not using them, you will see a reduction in the cost of electricity for your home. By doing this you will also be reducing your carbon footprint and benefiting the environment.

Use Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Although energy saving light bulbs cost more than regular light bulbs, they will continue to save you money. In addition to this, a regular light bulb only lasts for a few months, but an energy saving light bulb can last up to four years. This far outweighs the initial outlay in purchasing the special bulbs.

Avoid Tumble Dryers

Of the most expensive household appliances to run is the tumble dryer. Overuse of this appliance can create a huge electricity bill. The summer months, dry your laundry outside on a line. This works best on warm days when there is a breeze. In winter months it is likely that you will have the heating on so make use of the radiators or dry clothes indoors on a laundry maiden.

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Comments (3)

One thing I noticed about air drying laundry is that it leaves the clothes stiff and feeling rough to the skin. Excellent tips you gave on saving electricity.

Great suggestions and I do some of these now.

More important than 'turn off' is UNPLUG appliances not being used, such at TV, microwave ovens, computers that remain 'on' etc. A typical TV and VCR stays 'on' even when turned off. Unplugging it removes minimal power usage (such as timer, instant-on, etc.) and this can be signifigant if you are leaving for vacation for a week or two. Basically, you remove your appliance from the grid.

A power-strip might provide the same function, but pulling the plug from the wall ensures seperation of minimal power usage for today's modern appliances.

Another VERY GOOD thing to do (and it probably requires someone experienced with electrical to do it) is to install a TIMER for your hot water heater. If freezing is not an issue (your hot water heater is located in a heated basement, etc.) then shutting OFF the power during non-usage times (4 or 5 hours during the night when you are sleeping, etc.) can reduce your energy useage and you will never know that the 'power was out' because you'll have hot water during the day when you need it. It costs less to heat a slightly 'cooled tank' of water than to maintain the same tank at proper setting constantly. Insulated hot water tanks retain temperature quite well, and won't lose much heat during this 'down time' but your electric bill will show the results.

Same for waterbed heaters.. shut off (unplug, or via timer) during the daytime when you're not using it, and back on a few hours before bedtime...