Save on your electric bills by taking action with these 14 tips:
- Examine and clean your ventilation system or have an HVAC expert do it for you. The more dust that has collected in the vents, the more you’re going to pay to heat and cool your home or apartment. It takes longer to push air through clogged vents.
- Invest in energy-efficient devices. A few examples include smaller devices that don’t use as much power, energy-saving light bulbs, and Energy Star certified appliances and machines.
- Don’t use ceiling floodlights. Replace these with the energy-saving light bulbs.
- Change your energy supplier to a fixed rate supplier. After finding out the rate that your provider offers, check competitors’ prices in the area. Take note that a provider can be different from a supplier.
- Switch off and unplug everything when they’re not in use. Meaning, appliances and fixtures that are plugged in still use power even if they’re turned off.
- Move big energy consuming devices away from direct sunlight and into the cold. For example, cooling devices (such as the air conditioner) need to be placed away from heating devices, and vice versa.
- Keep the door to refrigerators, freezers, etc. closed when not using them.
- Keep cooling and heating devices at least two inches away from the wall so air can circulate properly.
- Increase the inside temperature of freezers and refrigerators.
- Check the sealing gasket or have an expert do it for you. If damaged, it will need to be replaced. It’ll save on energy consumption in the long run.
- Defrost the freezer if there’s ice along the edges.
- Replace old appliances.
- Dry clothes on a clothesline instead of a dryer.
- Put your PC on energy-saving mode.
Some other tips include being smart about how much energy you’re using. If you’re comfortable with the current temperature, turn the heat or air conditioning off.