4.17.2014

100 Tips to Save Money On Electric Bills

One of the best ways to save money is with the electric bill as I discussed on How To Be A Stay At Home Mom or Dad And Not Go Bankrupt Post and +8 More Ways To Save Money. Here are a few tips on how to save even more.
List of 100 tips to save money on the electric bill
Check with all available electric companies to make certain you are getting the best deal.
  1. Change filters and service AC and Heater regularly.
  2. Replace lightbulbs with energy savings bulbs.
  3. Replace appliances with Energy Star appliances. (as you can afford it & remember Tax credit).
  4. Replace Windows with Energy Star Windows (Tax Credit for this too).
  5. If can't replace windows right away then use indoor window insulation plastic sealer.
  6. Improve Insulation in your home.
  7. Improve weatherstrip seal around windows and doors so no leaks (foam seals, caulking, structure).
  8. Insulate Electric Outlets with special seals for that purpose (remove the covers to install).
  9. Install programmable thermostat and program for times you are sleeping and/or gone etc.
  10. Make sure thermostat is not near a heat source or something that would cool it such as an outside door so it will sense the actual temperature of the air rather than the draft etc.
  11. Adjust fan speed on AC Blower, Slower for humid areas, Faster For dry areas.
  12. Learn to live with temps a bit cooler in winter and warmer in Summer.
  13. Install Ceiling Fans. (they move warm air from ceiling in winter and cool air from floor in Summer). They also feel nice when hot.
  14. Turn off lights when not in use.
  15. Open the blinds in the daytime to allow natural light in.
  16. Unplug chargers that are not being used, they still use power even when not charging device.
  17. Turn fans not in use off they should only be on for comfort.
  18. Use appliances at off peak times (check with power company on when this is).   Nighttime is a good time in Summer because it is cooler.
  19. Close the blinds and drapes on really hot or Cold days. 
  20. Avoid oven use in Summertime.
  21. Use the microwave or electric skillet.
  22. Make sure your freezer or refrigerator is not empty (uses more electricity when empty)
  23. Use a clothesline on pretty days.
  24. Wash clothes in cold water when possible.
  25. Avoid using the dry cycle on the dishwasher.
  26. Only wash dishes in dishwasher when full.
  27. Plant trees near your house to shade the home. Deciduous Trees (lose leaves in winter) are best for this job in colder areas because the shade goes away and allows the sun to warm the home in winter.  Southern homes where there is no cold weather can benefit from evergreen trees for shade.
  28. Install awnings over windows.
  29. Make sure damper is closed tight when fireplace is not in use.
  30. Use the fireplace in winter to help heat the house.
  31. If normal brick or stone fireplace then install insert with blower and glass doors.
  32. Check duct work to make sure there are no leaks.
  33. Insulate duct work.
  34. Close vents to unused rooms. (check with repairman on how many are safe to close so as not to impair the heating or cooling system.
  35. Wash dishes by hand.
  36. Open upper vents in attic during summer months and cover them in Winter months. Make sure lower vents in soffits are always open and not blocked.
  37. Spray a single coat of radiant barrier spray on the underside of your roof to repel radient heat in summer and hold heat in winter.
  38. Untangle the clothes before putting in the dryer.
  39. Use People doors when possible rather than the Electric Garage doors.
  40. Make sure Refrigerator is set on 37° to 40° and Freezer is set 0° to 5°.
  41. Don't open and close the Fridge or Freezer a lot.
  42. Shut the doors on extreme weather days and avoid opening and closing of exterior doors as much as possible.
  43. Open the doors and windows and shut down the heating or cooling system on nice days.  Fresh air is good.
  44. Some can shut down the AC system at night in summer months because it cools down.
  45. Only run the pool or pond pump 8 hrs.  Install a timer to turn it on during certain times.
  46. Clean the refrigerator and freezer coils and vents. Dust can cause them to work harder
  47. Install timer for hours you are awake and it's dark for Christmas lights/outdoor Garden lights. Don't run them all night.
  48. Use outdoor lights powered by the sun when possible.
  49. Use chargers powered by the sun for devices.
  50. Never put hot food into the refrigerator or freezer. Let it cool to room temperature first.
  51. Make sure oven light and refrigerator icemaker lights are turned off when not in use.
  52. Turn off devices when not in use (TV, VCR, Satellite, Computers, etc.)
  53. During Winter, lighting candles can help warm the room you are in. (Use them safely)
  54. Service and clean appliances so they work at peak performance.
  55. Empty lint traps on washer, and dryer regularly
  56. Be sure electric blankets, pads, etc. are turned off when not in use.
  57. Use an electric blanket or pad it is cheaper than turning the heat up.
  58. If using window unit air conditioner, be sure to remove or seal up and insulate in winter months.
  59. Turn your hot water heater down.  It doesn't need to be on the hottest setting. 130° to 140° is ideal if using an older dishwasher, can be set on 120° if you have a newer dishwasher.
  60. When starting dishwasher run sink faucet on hot water till water runs hot. then shut off and start the dishwasher. This will help water heater in dishwasher not work so hard and dishes will be cleaner too.
  61. Buy an energy Producing Dryer.  My L.G. High Efficiency Dryer makes it's own electricity after the first spin or two.
  62. Use moisture sensor on the dryer.
  63. Make sure vent pipe for dryer goes outside properly and not just inside a wall or into an attic.
  64. Clean the vent pipe often along with the exit for vent from side or back of dryer.
  65. Make sure vent flap on exterior of dryer vent pipe is present and works properly.
  66. Make sure your chimney is clean.
  67. Make sure all flues vents, and chimney shafts are insulated and sealed from outside air around the exterior of the shaft properly.  
  68. Be sure all plumbing air vents are sealed around the outside edges properly.
  69. Be sure all Cook stove vents are sealed around the outside edges properly.
  70. Be sure all recessed lighting is sealed around outside edges properly
  71. Seal and insulate the attic access door.
  72. A row or even two of evergreen and deciduous trees can act as a windbreak for your home to the North Side.  Saving on heating.
  73. More plants outside your home can create a microclimate that will help with cooling your home in summer.
  74. Bushes or trees with leaves closer to the ground are great for shading on the west side to fight the hot west sun exposure.
  75. In warmer areas be sure the foundation is shaded to lower radiant heat on floors inside.
  76. Defrost the freezer if there is a layer of ice. This can cause the freezer to work less efficiently.
  77. Install exterior storm windows 
  78. Use insulating window treatments that can help keep cold and extreme heat out.
  79. Insulate your water heater properly.
  80. Replace your water heater with on demand tankless type then you are not heating water for standby.
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2 comments:

Stephie Smith said...

I use my air conditioning system sparingly during the summer. It helps to turn it off at night and open the windows, and I use my ceiling fan during the day and keep the windows open to circulate air. These are all great tips to save money on bills, thank you!

Roger Mose said...

Saving on energy bills is such a great idea and I see it being more and more important in the near future. Keeping those heating and AC units up to date and properly maintained can really make a big difference.