Your electric bill can be ridiculously high if you don’t change how you use electronics at your household.
These methods helped me, so why shouldn’t they help you?
You can even MAKE money from following one of these steps.
1. Use a Smart Power Strip
We’ve all been told that unplugging electronics can save us energy, but who has the time to do that every time you
stop watching TV.
This is where Smart Power Strips come in handy. They can detect when a device is in standby, and it automatically
cuts off its electricity.
Smart Power Strips are voltage sensitive and know when to cut off power based on how much energy your device
is using. You can count on it to power down your TV and XBOX when you’re no longer using them.
This is a killer feature that can help you drastically cut down on your electric bill.
2. Use a Fan
Ditch your A/C. I know that sometimes, during winter, A/Cs can be indispensable. But during the summertime, a
fan can do the job just fine.
Fans give you the option of only using those in the room you’re in, saving you a lot of energy.
If you’re someone who can’t give up on A/C, that’s fine. Install fans anyway.
You can keep your A/C working simultaneously with a fan. This will allow you to raise your thermostat by 4
degrees, and still feel comfortable.
I talked about this earlier, but make sure your fan is EnergyStar labeled, this is to guarantee that it will not
consume unnecessary energy.
3. Upgrade Your Electronics
Using old electronics can drive up the electric bill very quickly. This is because they use a lot of electricity in
comparison to new ones.
If you have an old Plasma TV, replace it with a new one that uses LED technology, this applies to laptops and
desktops as well.
Your old refrigerator is not as air sealed as it should be, which makes it constantly lose coolness even when it’s
closed. Newer models are better sealed and don’t let any air escape from them.
Make sure your next electronic device has an EnergyStar label on it.
- Washers (you can save up to 10 gallons per load)
- Dishwashers (even though manually washing your dishes is more energy efficient)
- Air Conditioners
- Freezers, and more
One last thing you should definitely change is your light bulbs. Incandescent or CFL bulbs consume a lot of power
and don’t even last that long. Incandescent bulbs last around 1,000 hours, while CFL ones last 10,000 hours.
Using an LED alternative is a lifesaver. These bad boys can last as long as 25,000 hours. You can pick them up for
about $5 each, and they will save you 25%-80% of your monthly electricity cost.
4. Use A/C and Heater More Efficiently
If you’re like me and can’t live without A/C and a water heating system, then maybe you should
start using them more efficiently.
You don’t always have to wash your clothes in hot water, use cold water. You can even ditch your
dryer. Who said it’s a bad idea to hang your clothes to dry on a nice sunny day?
According to the Department of Energy, water heating can take up to 12% of your household’s
electricity bill. Heat water only to the temperatures you need, 120 degrees is fine. This can save
you thousands of dollars over the years.
Take care of your A/C unit. Make sure its filters are clean so it doesn’t have to work harder.
Use 78 degrees. A/Cs at 78 degrees run very smoothly and don’t consume that much energy. You
can even turn it up to 85 when you’re not home, but close the blinds so the sun heat doesn’t get
It’ll be a bit warmer when you come back home, but you can smooth it out again in a couple of
minutes. All while saving a ton of energy.
If you see that your A/C is still using too much power, consider air sealing your home. Look for any
gaps between any windows or doors, and seal those areas to make sure no air can escape. This
can lower your A/C consumption by 20%.
One last thing is to make sure the A/C unit is not in a sunny area. Strategically place it in the shade
so it doesn’t have a hard time cooling down.
5. Go Solar
This is by far your best option, it’s environment-friendly and it can save you tons of cash in the
This solution is an obvious one because it works. Installing solar panels can be very easy to do,
and it has life long benefits.
It may not be very cheap at first, but it will pay for itself, save you money, and can even MAKE you
money in some cases.
Yes, you heard me right.
If your power usage is less than the energy your solar panels produce, you can sell that energy
back to your local power company. All you have to do is contact them about it after you install
your energy-saving solar panels.
In some states, using solar panels can save you over $60,000 over a period of 20 years.
Why is this a good investment? You might ask?
A solar panel’s lifespan can average around 25 years.
If you switch to solar, you can forget about anything I said earlier. You don’t have to do anything
else; you’ll start saving right away.