If your home’s electric bills make you think that you need to move to a different location, then try some easy adjustments before you start packing. The average person can save lots of money with some minor adjustments. Consider these six steps to save money on your electric bill without moving to a new home.
1. Replace the Windows
According to the Natural Defense Resources Council, about 33 percent of all energy loss from the average home is through the windows. Window tinting and glazing can help keep warm air out of the home during the summer and cold air out of the home during the winter. Replacing older windows with new panes can reduce your home’s electric bill by an average of 11 percent. Keeping the blinds open to let sunlight in during the colder months and closed to help keep it out during the warmer months can help you save on your electric bill.
2. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Over 90 percent of the electricity used when doing laundry is used to heat the water. Therefore, consider washing clothes in cold water. Move your dryer as close to the outside wall as possible to reduce its energy consumption. Smooth exhaust ducts require less electricity to move the hot air than pleated flexible ducts. Air dry clothes whenever possible. Put off doing laundry until you have full loads.
3. Use LED Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs use 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs. Furthermore, regular light bulbs put off up to 90 percent more heat than LED light bulbs. While these bulbs are more expensive, they normally last 2.5 times longer. Many different types of LED light bulbs are available.
4. Save Electricity Washing Dishes
Avoid pre-rinsing your dishes as it takes energy to heat the hot water. Never run the dishwasher until it is completely full. Turn off the heat cycle or open the door allowing your dishes to air dry. Run your dishwasher at night when it is cooler in your home so that you are not paying to cool the hot air that it generates.
5. Use a Programmable Thermostat
On average, 45 percent of electricity use goes to heating or cooling your home. Adjusting the temperature by even one degree can save up to 10 percent on your home’s electric bill. Using a programmable thermostat saves an average of 20 percent because temperatures can be adjusted when people are not at home or when people are sleeping without someone remembering to adjust the thermostat.
Tree shaded neighborhoods are up to six degrees cooler than those without any shade trees. Planting deciduous trees on the south of your home can block approximately 80 percent of the sun’s afternoon light from entering your home. Planting a windbreak can help create a layer of insulation around your home. Use ground cover near your foundation along with vines growing up its outside to shield your home even more.
While none of these changes are extremely large, together they can add up to big savings on your electric bill. Dream about what you can do with the extra money when you carry out these easy steps.