Showing posts with label power bills. Show all posts
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How to save money on the electric bill

Sunday, December 1, 2019
How to save money on the electric bill

Ideas so save money on the power bill

There's nothing like a high cost power bill to make you feel good in winter.

Electricity prices are always on the rise and the kids are always using the heat pump and that means a big winter power bill.

And that's why you are here, looking for ways to save money on the electricity bill during winter.

Heck, try and save on the power bill in summer too!

The most basic idea behind saving money on the power bill is that if you are not using it, turn it off. Makes sense and you cents!

  • Is your power rate too high? There are many power switching sites out there that can help tell you if you are using an expensive utility provider. And they will often help you easily change providers at no cost to you. 
  • If your supplier offers an hour of free power each day, use it! Ours is 9pm. That's when the dishwasher, dryer and washing machine goes on. Also, in winter we also turn on the fan oven for an extra bit of free heating. You just have to remember to turn things on and off - I use an alarm on my phone for this - it quickly enough became a habit to turn the washing machine on at the right time. In some places, this is called 'ripple power'. Off-peak user times are great.
  • Turn the lights off if you are not in the room!
  • Do you really need to run the fan or air conditioner all day? Not home? Turn it off. 
  • Replace cheap light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. A small price outlay will save you money on the power bill long term. 
  • Switch to lower wattage bulbs. LED bulbs are an amazing innovation. 
  • Mirrors also reflect light - so instead of having three lamps on to brighten a dark room, try positioning a mirror next to a lamp?
  • Have shorter showers if your water is heated by electricity
  • Need to heat a pie? Use the microwave rather than the convection oven. The time and power used are far less than the electricity consumed by an electric oven. If you are really smart and organized, cook a few meals in a slow cooker!
  • Does the pool pump need to run all the time? Can it have a day off?
  • When using the drier, don't overstuff it with clothes. Even better, do not dry towels in the dry as they take forever. If you can, let the sunshine take care of that for you. 
  • A second tip about using the dryer - it doesn't need to run the full time to dry your clothes - check to see if it's done before it stops. 20 minus less dryer time is money left in your pocket. 
  • Another dryer tip - clean the lint trap often. 
  • If it's Christmas time, do your lights and decorations need to be on during the day? Do they even need to be on after bedtime? 
  • You may want to consider insulating your water heater with a proper foil wrap. It will help reduce the amount of power needed to heat your water. Consider lowering the temperature of the water too!
  • Unplug items that you are not using. Many items on 'stand by' such as televisions are using power while doing nothing. If you are not actively using your Xbox console or gaming devices, turn them off at the wall. A computer left in an 'idle' state will still consume electricity. Turn your printer off unless you use it every day. 
  • Unplug all the phone chargers in your apartment. This includes those for all iPods, iPads, tablets and similar devices. A charger left plugged into the wall is using up electron after electron slowly but surely. 
  • Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load. If you do need to do a smaller load, perhaps run a 'fast wash' rather than the 'heavy duty' mode. Heavy duty modes run at a higher temperature than standard wash modes and thus use more power. The same goes for the washing machine - use quick wash if you have a couple of items. And for goodness safe, don't wash a single tea towel - save up your washing pile and run a full load. One less load may be 30 cents saved but that's 9 bucks saved a month. Which is one hundred bucks a year off your power bill by doing once less wash cycle a day!
  • Does your fridge need to be set at such a cold level? Turn the thermostat up a little bit.
  • Replace your furnace filters often.
  • Keep your home dry as you can. The more moisture around, the more heat is needed to heat a room. We use a dehumidifier for this reason. 
  • Check for draughts around windows and block them up with an insulation kit.
  • Use draft stoppers on doors so you need to heat rooms less. 
  • Dry firewood gives more heat than wet wood. If you use firewood, get your wood in early well before the winter seasons starts - if stored in a dry shed or undercover, it will be ready to blaze some good heat into your living room. 
  • Try and source as much as free firewood as you can. Don't burn untreated wood but building cut-offs can be great, old pallets too. Collect some pine cones in the forest with the kids. A big bag of them can last the whole night, 
  • When dusk falls, it's time to draw the curtains. They will retain the heat by preventing it from escaping via the windows. 
  • Two words when building your house use: double glazing
  • If you're not in the same room as the heater, turn it off. Only heat the room you need to heat. 
  • Make sure your dryer is vented to reduce moisture being released into the home. 
  • During they day crack open a window so the natural air can dry away moisture that builds overnight and everyday use - showers, pots of boiling water, human breathing  - all release moisture into the home which causes more heat to be needed. 
  • Unflued cabinet heaters also release water into the home. The water forms as a result of the gas mixing with the oxygen when it burns. So, if you are using a cabinet heater, keep a window open. This may seem like counter-intuitive advice but that's how they are recommended to be used. 
  • Consider using cold washes in the laundry. Most modern washing machines will do an incredibly effective job with cold water. A hot water load can use 10 times more power than a cold wash. If you have kids the odds are high that you do a load a day at least - cold power washing might be the way you can save money. 
  • Do you need the heated towel rail on all day? Ours is set to cycle on and off over an eight hour period.
  • Only use your heat pump when you actually need it and never leave it switched on when you leave the house. Why would you do that? It also helps to regularly clean the filters. The dust that collects can affect their efficiency. 
  • On that note, clear out the lint from your clothes drier as well! The filter helps to promote the flow of air - if it is blocked up to capacity, there will be less airflow meaning the machine will need to consume more electricity as the drying time is lengthened. If there are material marks left on your clothes, it's time to replace the filter catcher
  • If your home or apartment uses vented heating, make sure the vents are actually open and not blocked by boxes or furniture etc. Good airflow in the home will ensure heat moves where it's supposed to and also help keep things dry. 
The way we see it, no one change is going to save you a lot of money on your power bill.

Utilizing many of these tips will give you an accumulative effect. Saving 20 bucks off your bill a week is 1000 bucks saved on power in a year.

What you will do with that extra money? 
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