With all the things demanding our hard earned money in this day and age, it’s always nice to find areas where we can save a few extra dollars. Believe it or not, one easy way to see your savings go up is on your electricity bill, all it takes is following a few simple tips and tricks.
For one, use what you get for free—that is, the sunshine. By opening draperies during the day, natural light will replace the need to turn on the switch for ceiling lights or lamps. And don’t forget to turn out lights when you leave the room, or when you leave the house. If you feel safer or simply like having a light on when you go to bed, consider putting a lamp on a timer so it will switch on and off by itself and not burn throughout the night.
Unplug Your Device When Not In Use
We often don’t think about all the electricity used when electronics are plugged in on standby or in idle mode. One way to gain on electricity savings is to simply unplug your devices when they are not in use. This might seem like a pain to do, but you can make it easier on yourself by plugging multiple gadgets or electricity sucking devices into a power bar so you can turn them off all at once when you’re leaving the house or going to bed.
You can also consider replacing old appliances or devices. One of the great things about advances in technology is that things become more energy efficient. If you consider the washers and dryers of yore compared to the ones of today, you know that today’s models are much better at using less energy. Electricity savings will start piling up as soon as you replace older washers, dryers, dishwashers, even tv’s and computers. The initial investment will save you in the long term.
Where To Save Money
Another good habit that will help with electricity savings is to run full loads, whether it’s in the dishwasher or while washing or drying clothes, make sure you get the most out of your appliances by maximizing what they have to offer. You can also try run your washing machine on the cold cycle—hot water is expensive and the less you use the more you will save. This applies to your dryer, too, using heat can get expensive. One insider tip is to put a dry towel in your dryer with your wet clothes, you will be amazed at how much it will cut down on the time needed to dry. Or even better, consider hanging your clothes to dry (if you have the space) and watch your savings soar.
Like we mentioned, heat is expensive so think about your showers, too. If you are one to enjoy a long hot shower, you might want to consider how much money is going down the drain every time you spend an extra five minutes standing in the warm water. You might even want to try taking cool or cold showers. It sounds crazy but in addition to the electricity savings, some people rave about the health benefits from cold showers.
Heat is one of the worst culprits for high bills. Take a look around your home and try to think of areas where you can reduce the heat used and you will see savings in your electricity. For example, is the temperature in your home regulated by a timer? If you can lower the heat while you are gone for the day or at night while you sleep, you will see savings. Even keeping a couple of extra blankets and some comfy sweaters for home might help you keep that thermostat in check.
Reducing our electricity consumption is good for a lot of reasons, like the impact we have on the environment, and our wallets. If you have any questions about how you can reduce your bills or make your home more energy efficient, at BPM Electric in Langley, we are here to help.