Plug It In, Take It Out: Saving Big on Your Electricity Bill

For homeowners and renters alike, electric bills can be one of the largest and often sneakiest expenses that you may face on a monthly basis. When you find yourself stuck with a larger bill than you can handle, try for help. However, before the bill comes, there are things you can do to keep costs down. In our technologically dependent world that runs on large amounts of constant power for our essential laptop computers, smart phones, kitchen appliances, lighting and wireless signals, it is easy to forget the financial implications of something so simple as plugging in a cord to your electrical outlet. However, if you extend some effort to be more mindful of your use of electricity and practice a few simple power saving tricks, you can slice at least 25% to 30% off your electric bill every month, and leave yourself with a nice holiday bonus at the end of the year. Plus, as an added bonus, every watt of electricity you save is a way of being just a little more gentle and considerate of the environment and natural world, and lessening your electrical use will have a positive influence on the world at large.

  1. Consider making small signs in your house or apartment that service as subtle reminders to turn it off or unplug it when you are not using it, whatever it is. Even though most of us tend to leave devices plugged into our outlets even when they are not in use, such as kitchen blenders, lamps, and computers, it is a known fact that this habit gradually pulls small amounts of electricity from the outlet at all times, and adds up to major costs over the long term. Make it your job to remove electrical appliances from their outlets when they are not in use, and always remember to turn off heating, air conditioning and lighting in rooms where they are not begin actively utilized. Additionally, if you are charging a battery via an electrical outlet, you will find that your battery has a far healthier and longer life if it is not plugged in all the time, but allowed to frequently discharge and even die all the way down to nothing on occasion. This habit prolongs your battery life and encourages less electricity use over the span of your machine.
  2. Particularly if your heating and cooling is electric, it is important to preserve the temperature of your interior spaces by holding in hot or cold air using door crack stuffers, curtains and blinds over windows to moderate the air temperature, and heating and cooling in moderation no matter what the season. Try keeping your thermostat a degree or two cooler than normal in the cold and putting on an extra jumper just to see how much money that will save you in a month. Or try keeping the air conditioning just a bit higher in the warm season and utilizing fans and natural air flow to cool your home.
  3. Lighting is one of the biggest spenders of energy from the electrical bank. Utilizing energy efficient light bulbs can increase the life of your light bulb by several times what a normal bulb would be able to produce, but in addition it will also use much less electricity to power itself. While these style of bulbs are a bit more of an initial investment than the traditional sort, they will save you a chunk of change in the long run.
  4. Finally, televisions and computers are two of the most common electrical devices that eat up your energy bill like no other. For this reason, it is crucial to turn these machines off when they are not in use. Unplug your laptop computer after it is fully charged to extend its battery life, and do the same with your television to save 10% off your yearly electrical bill over time.
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