How to Save on Electricity Bills: Ten Easy Ways
Reading bills comes with a dreaded feeling. It is common to break some cold sweat every time the electricity bill hits the mailbox. However, that should never be the case as there are plenty of ways one can save electricity bills without affecting the way of life
Following some of the discussed tips, you stand a chance to save on electricity bills by as much as 25%.
1. Remove plugs from the socket
It is common to switch off a socket and then live appliances plugged in. Unknown to many is that electrical appliances still drain some energy as part of a phenomenon known as standby power mode, even when the sockets are turned off. It is estimated that the standby power mode cost households as much as $100 in power costs every year.
To avoid such unnecessary costs, make sure to turn off the socket and remove a plug from the socket before you live the house if you wish to save on electricity bills.
2. Sort out your lighting
A lighting bulb might seem like a small gadget but one that if left unchecked can plunge one into unnecessary power bills. If you wish to save on electricity bills, then pay close attention to lighting bulbs.
When buying bulbs, it would be wise to go with energy-efficient LED bulbs as they consume 75% less energy and tend to last 25 times longer, compared to incandescent bulbs. In addition, it would be important to consider buying a dimmer switch to regulate the amount of light that bulbs emit, consequently save on energy consumption.
3. Adjust your cooling and heating
Heating and cooling are the biggest culprits when it comes to power consumptions in most houses. To save on electricity bills, then one must be ready to make some adjustments when it comes to heating and cooling.
Now will be the best time to ensure that the fridge and freezer have tight sealing’s that keep cold air where it belongs. A bad seal allows cold air to move out, prompting the system to draw electricity longer in a bid to keep the surroundings cold.
You can also adjust the fridge to 38 degrees and freezer to 5 degrees as this will keep the food fresh while ensuring the fridge does not draw in too much power. Setting the thermostat between 10 and 15 degrees when sleeping or when away from home can help in reducing cooling costs by up to 10%.
4. Laundry with cold water
Doing laundry in cold water not only allow detergents to work better but can also lead to savings of as much as $152 on power bills a year. This is because 90% of the energy used to activate a washing machine goes towards warming the water.
Experts’ advice on using cold water as one of the ways of saving on electricity bills while ensuring detergents work better in removing dirt.
5. Resort to air-dry clothing
For those people who don’t have an issue with allergens in the air getting into their clothes, then air-drying clothes would go a long way in saving a lot in power bills. Line drying clothes instead of using drying machines can reduce average electricity bills by between $1.85 and $2.50 a day.
If you live in areas that get plenty of sunlight, then it would be wise to save on electricity bills by hanging clothes on the hanging line to dry out. The fact that sun rays can kill bacteria and disinfect clothes makes them ideal for drying clothes instead of relying on electricity.
6. Air dry your dishes and cutlery
Just as it is the case with air-drying clothes, you can also save a lot by avoiding the temptation of drying cutlery and dishes in the heat-dry cycle of a dishwasher. Dishwashers consume a lot of power that leads to higher electricity bills.
Invest in a good rack where you can arrange cutlery and dishes nicely to dry in the open air. However, if you insist on using the dishwasher ensure that all the dishes and cutlery are well arranged, so that heat is efficiently distributed for drying thus taking less time.
7. Avoid portable air-con units
While portable air con units consume the least amount of energy, they are usually not the best. A wall-mounted air conditioner tends to use energy more efficiently as it is installed, taking into consideration the size of the room.
A portable air con, on the other hand, can consume a lot of power when taken to a larger room, something that can lead to the soaring of electricity bills. In addition to using more energy in a larger room, portable air conditioners are also relatively expensive than wall mounted units.
8. Install energy monitor
One of the best ways to save on electricity bills involves installing an energy monitor that tracks energy consumption by levels. There are monitors in the market that allow one to track the amount of power that each appliance in the house uses. Such monitors are ideal for keeping track of power consumption around the house and would help form the basis of knowing where’ to adjust, or which gadgets to replace.
9. Reduce waste in the bathroom
As they say, “it’s the little things done properly that matter,” so is the case with saving electricity bills while taking hot showers. While nothing compares to a nice hot shower after a long day at work, the amount of time spent running an instant heater could make a big difference when it comes to electricity bills.
You won’t get much cleaner by spending too much time standing under the water. Switch to a low flow showerhead and spend the least amount of time if you wish to save on electricity bills.
10. Connect with the most suitable open electricty market retailer
For Singapore residence, you can save on electricity bills by simply signing up with the most suitable and affordable open electricity market retailer. Don’t just go with any retailer, instead opt for a power provider that is most reliable and affordable.