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If you’ve ever opened up your electric bill and wondered if it was meant for your neighbor because there’s no way you could have used that much energy, don’t worry. Everyone has been there at one point or another. If your energy bill consistently rises throughout the year or during certain seasons, here are a few easy ways to cut your costs.
Cut Off Your Electric Devices Before Going to Bed
Before you make your way to bed, make sure to turn off all of the lights, TVs, and any other appliances. According to Bankrate.com, leaving your cable box plugged in but not turned on for a year would cost you $17.83.
Change Your HVAC Filters
When you change your filters on a regular basis, your HVAC system will run more efficiently. Therefore, your cost for electricity will be lower.
Wait to Use Heat-Generating Appliances Until Nighttime
During the summer months, try to use devices that will create extra heat when the temperatures drop in the evening. If you use them during the day, your air conditioner may have to run more frequently.
Let Your Dishes Air Dry
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Turn off your dishwasher after the final rinse and prop the door open slightly. This will help your dishes dry more quickly.
Regularly Defrost Your Freezer
If you don’t have a frost-free freezer, then you need to defrost it manually. This keeps ice from building up in your freezer and helps it run efficiently.
Skip Cooking Your Meals in the Oven
Instead of turning on the oven, use a crockpot, a toaster oven, a convection oven, or the stove to cook your meals. These devices use approximately one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
Change the Way You Dry Your Clothes
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If you use a dryer, make sure you’re drying full-size loads. Take care not to over-dry clothes. According to GreenAmerica.org, the best way to save on energy is drying your clothes the old-fashioned way. Try hanging your clothes on a clothesline or on a drying rack.
Switch Out Your Old Light Bulbs for Energy Star Bulbs
As suggested by Energy.gov, you can save $75 a year by replacing your home’s five most frequently used light bulbs with Energy Star-certified bulbs.
Seal Up Air Leaks
Reduce your heating and cooling costs by inspecting your home for air leaks. Caulking and weather-stripping are effective ways to seal any cracks.
Install Advanced Power Strips and Get Rid of Conventional Ones
Most of the devices that you use, such as TVs and computers, are connected to other devices, like printers and game consoles. According to Energy.gov, the energy consumed by these devices can add up to about 10 percent of your electric bill. Install advanced power strips to reduce the amount of energy wasted when your electronics are idle.
Many of these steps are simple lifestyle changes. However, by taking these small steps, you’ll eventually see huge savings on your energy bill.