There are a number of ways to cut
household expenses. One of the easiest way to reduce expenses, and
often most noticeable, is by cutting your electric bill.
Here are several easy ways to reduce household expenses by reducing your
Use a Programmable
Use a programmable thermostat to set the
temperatures at less comfortable levels when you’re not home or
sleeping. Set the thermostat a few degrees cooler or warmer (like 68
degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer). Installing a
programmable thermostat can be quite easy and will help save on your
electric bill. An energy star programmable thermostat is reported to
save up to $150/yr. These units save energy by offering 4 convenient,
pre-programmed temperature settings that try to anticipate when it's
convenient for you to scale back on heating or cooling.
Save Electricity by Using
You should also
consider using ceiling fans. If you get the reversible kind, you can use
them to push the warm air down to people level in the winter. In the
summer, a ceiling fan can help it feel cooler even at warmer thermostat
settings. In the summer a ceiling fan with blades rotating
counter-clockwise helps cool us by evaporating moisture on our skin. On
a hot and humid summer day, this can make the room feel six to
seven degrees cooler so you can avoid running the air conditioning even
when the actual room temperature is in the mid-eighties. In the winter
months the room can actually be made warmer by rotating the ceiling fan
blades clockwise and forcing warm air from the ceiling down into the
living area. This warmer air allows you to adjust your thermostat so
that the heating system runs less, saving money on heating costs.
Save Electricity by
Using Heavy Drapes
Use heavy drapes over your windows. Heavy
drapes help insulate the windows. in the winter, they help keep the cold
air out, and in the summer they help keep the hot air out. If you
have drafty windows, heavy drapes can help cut down on the draft.
Make sure that floor vents don't blow air behind the drapes, if they do,
get something to redirect the air flow.
Save Electricity by
Unplugging "Off" Appliances
To save on your electric bill, you should also
unplug appliances you’re not using. Even if an appliance is turned off,
it still uses a small amount of energy, if it’s plugged in. This is
especially effective if you’re going out of town. You'd be surprised how
much power the "off" appliance use
Save Electricity with
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Switch to Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Spiral CFL bulbs are made in several sizes to and will fit most existing
light fixtures, they use a small fraction of the power, last up
to 10x longer, and can make a real difference on your electric bill. A
CFB can pay for itself in only 3 months but can last several years.
Compact fluorescents emit the same light as classic incandescent lights,
but use 75% or 80% less electricity.
Save Money with an Energy
Have an energy audit performed on your home.
Many electric companies offer energy audits free.
Cut household expenses on
your phone bill.
More ways to save money
on your electric billt