Top Five Energy Saving Tips for Reducing Utility Bill

Government regulations on “green” initiatives are costing utility companies more money. They recoup their losses from you, the consumer. As utility bills rise, consumers need to find some cost saving measures that will help keep the bills down to fit in the budget. Here are some things that homeowners can do pretty easily without too much trouble that will help their bill. It might not make you rich, but a few good habits will save a few good dollars.

  1. As your light bulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent light bulbs.

    There has been some controversy lately about bulbs made in China, and just because it is the best thing to do, buy USA-made bulbs. It supports our economy, which is always a good thing!

    Some states are trying to ban incandescent light bulbs, but at some point they will probably go away. The good news for consumers is that fluorescent light bulbs take 1/3 of the energy of incandescent.

  2. Use power strips for multiple plug-in items.

  3. Anytime you have more than one thing plugged into an outlet, have a power strip so that when you are not using the items that are plugged in, you can simply turn the power strip off. Many items will drain power from the outlet even when turned off, especially appliances and electronics.

  4. Air-dry your dishes in your dishwasher.

    Many dishwashers have a drying cycle, but that takes a lot rather than using the drying cycle. It takes up a great deal of energy and electricity. Air-drying doesn’t compromise the quality of the washed dishes. Allowing the dishes to dry while in the dishwasher is no more work or effort on your part.

  5. Wait until you have a full load of clothes before running the washing machine.

    Smaller loads use about the same amount of electricity for both washer and dryer in comparison to a full load. The difference in water is very little. Doing full loads will save a great deal of energy, water, and soap. This always equates to more money in your wallet.

  6. If you haven’t already, switch to a programmable thermostat.

    A programmable thermostat allows you to customize your heating and cooling temperatures so that you have the more comfortable temperatures while you are home, and saving energy when you aren’t home.

    In the winter you can set your thermostat to drop to 67 or 68 around the time you are leaving to go to work, and then about thirty minutes before you get home, set it to go up to 69-70 so that you will be more comfortable when you are home. You can even save more if you have the thermostat turn back down to 68 while you are sleeping. Adding a blanket and turning down the heat will certainly save you a lot more money over the course of the winter.

These few things will make a pretty decent impact on your monthly electric bill. Along with the usual process of turning out lights from empty rooms, you will find you can keep your electric costs down without a lot of additional time, money, and your own energy.