The U.S. Department of Energy states that the typical family will spend over $2,200 a year on electric bills.
Are you ready to cut back on your electric bill and put more money in your pocket?
Here are 9 easy steps to help you reduce your electric bill:
1. Raise your refrigerator temperature
What if I told you that you could save 10% on your energy costs in 2 minutes, and you wouldn’t even notice a difference in your day-to-day life?
Raising the temperature of your fridge and freezer above the lowest temperature it goes will do just that.
It is recommended that you should keep your fresh food section between 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit, and the freezer compartment between 0-5 degrees.
2. Increase the temperature of your home to reduce your electric bill
The summer months are a time of extremely high energy demand (cooling season).
Keeping your thermostat between 76-78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home and turning it to “off” when you are not will give significant savings.
Doing this will result in using 1-3% less energy per degree that the thermostat is set above 72 degrees.
3. Install a programmable thermostat
The summer months are not the only time you can save money on your energy bill.
Save money year-round by installing a programmable thermostat (such as a Nest Thermostat) that can adjust temperatures in your home based on your daily routine.
Doing this could provide energy savings of up to 33%.
4. Reduce your electric bill by lowering your hot water temperature
Are you one of those people who like getting second-degree burns in their shower? Maybe you’ll reconsider after hearing this.
Heating water accounts for up to 15% of all energy usage. Lowering the temperature of your hot water to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (still 16 degrees hotter than the average hot tub) could greatly reduce your electric use and put money back in your pocket.
5. Reduce electric use by keeping your dryer lint-free
Do you dry load after load without cleaning out the lint filter in your dryer? Or maybe you have a roommate who always seems to forget to clean it out? It’s time to start getting rid of the lint and start saving you money.
Simply wiping off the lint allows the air to flow more smoothly which will make it easier for your dryer to blow the warm, wet air out, drying your clothes faster.
6. Reduce drying time using dryer balls
Another quick and extremely easy way to save energy is by using Dryer Balls. As the dryer spins, the balls create little pockets of air which helps dry your clothes dry faster.
The increased efficiency of your dryer will not only reduce your electric bill but also increase the lifespan of your dryer.
7. Use window shades while the sun is out
Another easy way to save on energy is by using your window shades in south-facing rooms when they are unoccupied. Blocking out the sun will keep the temperature down, allowing your cooling system to use less energy.
If you want to keep your home warmer, then simply do the opposite and allow the sun to shine in through the windows to naturally warm your home.
8. Run your dishwasher at night
Running your dishwasher during the day versus at night may seem like it shouldn’t matter, however, it could make a difference in your energy bill.
During the day, thousands of other people are also using energy (this is called peak energy hours). Using the dishwasher at night means your local power generation facilities can operate more efficiently when there is less demand and you will be able to get energy cheaper.
If you can hold off washing your dishes until the sun goes down, you could save money very easily with this strategy.
9. Do your laundry at night
You’re already running your dishwasher at night, why not do your laundry after hours as well.
Washing your clothes at night will give you energy savings for the same reason washing your dishes will.
Pro Tip: Washing your clothes with cold water will save even more energy.