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Lightning Tips for Saving Money on Your Electricity Bill

Lightning Tips for Saving Money on Your Electricity Bill
November 14, 2022 Valerie Griffiths
Lightning Tips for Saving Money on Your Electricity Bill

Last month we published a post on ways to save energy with energy audits, combatting heat loss, and energy-efficient appliances. Small improvements can add up to a big difference in your power usage. Start by making a few easy habit changes and work your way up to tackling the larger projects. Try out a few of these energy-saving tips and watch the effect it has on lowering your electric bill.

  1. Always turn off lights when leaving a room.
  2. Use sensors or timers on external lights so they’re only on when they need to be.
  3. Avoid dark lampshades that absorb light.
  4. Keep inside doors closed to block cold air from unheated rooms.
  5. Install a fireplace plug to stop warm air from going up the chimney and cold drafts from coming in. (Remember to remove it when you light a fire!)
  6. Use standby power strips and turn off all electronics at once when not in use.
  7. Keep the refrigerator stocked and let food cool before storing it – these steps prevent the fridge and freezer from working too hard to keep food cold.
  8. Turn off the electric stovetop or oven a few minutes early. Built-up heat can continue to cook your food.
  9. Also, use lids when cooking to help food cook faster.
  10. Do not use the “heat dry” selection on your dishwasher.
  11. To help eliminate drafts, install insulation pads behind electrical outlets and light switches and use child-safety plugs.
  12. Use a silicone door draft stopper and add weather stripping to block gaps on windows, garage doors, etc. (Look for “peel and stick” types that don’t require tools for installation.)
  13. Set your water heater to under 140 degrees.
  14. Use cold water instead of hot when washing clothes and wait until you have full loads.
  15. Clean out the dryer lint trap before each load, and scrub it gently with soap and water every few months to help your dryer work most efficiently.
  16. When buying new appliances, select the product with the best energy rating for the size you require.
  17. Furnish rooms with thermal insulated curtains, or even a shag rug, which adds extra insulation to your flooring.

Even small fixes like these can add up to significant savings. Give us a call to enhance the energy efficiency of your home (401) 293-5255.