Do you ever get your electric bill and want to scream? I know I have!
If you don’t live right next to a power plant, your bills probably look like they are going to pull a robbery on your bank account and make a clean getaway.
What’s that? You’re tired of getting robbed by the electric mafia each and every single month? So is everyone else on the block.
We can’t exactly live without electricity these days, because who doesn’t want to live without awesome apps, the newest season of breaking bad, and of course, you know, those basic needs like hot water.
So what are we going to do about your situation? The top uses of electricity (in order) are:
- Water heating
Let’s cut the electrical fat, starting with the pork belly itself, heating!
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content for which I may receive a commission that supports this blog. Thank you for your support!
Heating accounts for roughly one-third, of electric consumption – yikes!
Guys, I know what you’re thinking, “I swear it’s impossible for my wife to get warm, she’s cold regardless of what the thermostat says.”
I’m sure that’s probably true, but remember what the girls are thinking, “If he would stop leaving so many flipping doors open, the house might reach a tolerable temperature!”
Now let’s stop bickering about whose wasting electricity and see which of these tips works for you:
- Get a programmable thermostat – If you leave the house during certain hours regularly, either shut the heat off or program your thermostat to stop heating.
- Cover up – Can you get by with a sweatshirt or extra blankets on the bed instead of turning on the heat?
- Service your furnace – Make sure your furnace is working efficiently, so you aren’t wasting money trying to heat your home. You should also replace the air filter on the unit, so it doesn’t have to work as hard to provide airflow to your home.
- Move furniture – Often we place furniture in a way that blocks the vents bringing hot air into the house. Make sure to move your furniture!
- Make a tea light heater – tea light heaters are easy to make, cheap to run, and can heat a small room easy. The more tea lights you use, the more heat you can generate and each tea light lasts for about 4 hours.
Cooling is the next giant money eater. While it isn’t nearly as bad as heating is, cooling is no joke for your electric bill. Makes you wish you weren’t so delicate when it comes to temperatures huh?
Try these tips for saving money on your electric bill when it comes to cooling:
- Clean your outside unit – Clean your outside units by removing any leafs or plastic sucked into the unit’s coils. Spray it down with a hose to help remove any excess debris or buy yourself some coil cleaner at your local hardware store. Dirty or blocked outside coils means your unit isn’t running at its peak efficiency and costing you money!
- Shade your outside unit – Your air conditioner’s outside unit works best when it isn’t being hit directly by sunlight. Consider finding a way to shade your unit.
- Sacrifice a few degrees – Turn your thermostat up a few degrees, so it doesn’t have to work so hard to cool your house. Just think of each degree relates to some dollar amount.
- Shut unused vents – Consider closing air conditioning vents to unused rooms. If no one is using the room, then there isn’t a reason to cool it. Shut doors to unused rooms to help prevent excessive cooling.
- Cooking – Your stovetop and oven produce a lot of heat. Try limiting your cooking to reduce the load your air conditioner has to cool.
The more people you have living in your house, the worse your bill is going to be due to water heating. I’m sure you love your hot water, but your hot water is scalding your monthly payment!
- Don’t take baths – I bet you love your warm bubble bath just as much as the next person. Taking showers uses less water than a bath. If you’re looking to cut back on your electric bill, then take fewer baths! (Sorry rubber ducky!)
- Use low-flow aerator – Use a low flow aerator to restrict the amount of water you get into your shower. Less water used is more money saved!
- Take shorter showers – Have you ever figured out how long you spend in the shower? Do you tend to zone out in the shower? Try timing yourself and setting an alarm to make sure you’re getting out of the shower at a reasonable time.
- Insulate your water heater – If you have an old water heater, you may want to consider wrapping your water heater in an insulating blanket.
- Energy Star Appliance – swap your dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer, and water heater out for an energy star rated appliance. Energy Star appliances are rated to use less energy and should be your top choice when looking for a new machine.
- 120 Degrees! – Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Some water heaters go up to 160 degrees, which is completely unnecessary, and in some cases dangerous. The less your water heater has to heat the better it is for your energy bill.
Appliances and Lighting
Combined, appliances and lighting consume roughly a quarter of your electric bill. Make sure you always turn off appliances when you aren’t using them. Appliances that are plugged in can still draw electricity, so unplugging them when done is better for saving money.
When choosing light bulbs for your home, LEDs are the best choice even though they come with a higher upfront cost. If you don’t want the initial cost of LEDs, then CFLs are your next best light bulb.
Keep in mind each bulb uses a certain amount of power or watts. While there is nothing like flooding a room with a nice 100-watt bulb to blind everyone, a 40-watt bulb uses much less energy.
What are your favorite energy saving tips? Let us know in the comments below!