Is your electric bill so high sometimes that you feel like your family has to choose between groceries and lights for the month? You’re not alone. Many people get hit with high power bills once during the summer due to energy-sucking appliances like central air conditioning units.
You may not be ready to ditch the air, but there are some other ways you can make sure your home is as energy-efficient as possible.
1) Replace Outdoor Lights with Motion Detector Lights
Instead of leaving porch lights and security lights on all night, motion detector lights will instantly come on any time they detect movement.
2) Keep Doors and Windows Closed Tightly When Using Air Conditioning
If you remember your mom yelling at you to close the door when you were little, it’s because she was trying to conserve electricity and keep the house cooler. She probably followed up with “We’re not trying to cool off the whole neighborhood!”
3) Install Ceiling Fans in Every Room
Ceiling fans use much less energy than air conditioning units. Just remember to switch them off when you leave the room.
4) Set Your Refrigerator to Between 30° and 42° F
Because refrigerators run 24/7, regulating the temperature will save you some cash.
5) Replace Your Air Conditioning and Heating Filters Regularly
Keeping appliances running efficiently will ensure they are using the least amount of energy possible.
6) Plug Electronics into Power Strips
This way you can turn all power strips off when electronics are not being used.
7) Wash with Cold Water
When possible, using cold water for your laundry saves energy by not using the hot water heater, and except for certain stains, most laundry will come out just as clean.
8) Set Your Water Heater on 120° F
Most water heaters are automatically set to 140°. Making this minor adjustment conserves energy while still keeping water hot enough for hot showers and washing machines.
9) Clean the Coils Behind Your Fridge
Dusty coils keep your refrigerator from running efficiently, using more energy.
10) Fill Your Freezer
A freezer will run longer trying to cool empty space.
11) Wash Full Loads of Laundry
Running fewer loads will of course conserve electricity, not to mention, water.
12) Run the Dryer Only as Long as Needed
There are now many options available for dryers that detect moisture and shut down when clothing is dry. But if you’re not ready to make that investment, checking the dryer periodically to avoid over-drying will help to keep costs down.
13) Turn off the Dishwasher After the Wash Cycle
Allow your dishes to air dry.
14) Cook Out More Often in the Summer
Avoid using the oven as much as possible to avoid kicking your air conditioner into higher gear, and to avoid using the electricity of the appliance.
15) Install SnapPower Guidelights on all Your Electrical Outlets
SnapPower Guidelights cost about 10¢ a year to run, while still providing functional lighting to find your way around after dark.
Conserving electricity doesn’t have to be difficult. By making a few minor changes, you can drastically reduce your monthly bill. At SnapPower, we strive to create products that not only make life easier, but save you money as well!