Spending less in 2013 by saving on your energy bills. Your electricity bill is a bill that changes each month. We all know that in the spring and the fall the electricity bill should be lower because we don’t have to run the heat or the air as much. Or atleast that is how it is where I live.
But even in the months that we look so forward to because of the lower bills, we can be lowering the bill even further.
- Unplug. You don’t need to have everything plugged up all the time. Counter top appliances, phone chargers, TV, all of these still draw electricity when they are not being used. If you looked at each one individually for the amount it uses when turned off, you would think it was not a big deal, BUT when you have 4 phone chargers in the house, 3 counter top appliances and 4 TVs in the house, over a years time it adds up to a bigger amount. Get into the habit of unplugging if you are not using it.
- As your appliances wear out, replace them with energy efficient appliances. You will be amazed at even small appliances now are stated at energy efficient.
- Programmable thermostats are awesome. Change out your old dial up thermostat. When you have a programmable one, you can set it warm up or cool down right before you wake up in the mornings and when you get home. There is no reason to heat or cool your house while you are away. If you are away for work, why do you want to keep your house cooled down to 72 when no one is there? Turn it up to 76 or higher and have it cool down 30 minutes before you come home. Money savings!!!
- Use less hot water. Turn down the thermostat on your hot water heater and limit the shower time. This will help with the water bill as well as the energy bill to heat the water.
- Dress a little warmer in the winter. I love my sweat pants and hoodie. In the winter, turn down the thermostat and put on warmer clothes. It is a known fact that you sleep better if the room is cooler and germs don’t grow as fast. If you turn down your thermostat a couple of degrees it will be good for your health as well as your pocket.
Help conserve energy in your home and while doing this you are saving money too!