10 Simple Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bill

How To Reduce Electricity BillIf you are tired of getting those exorbitant electricity bills, then it is time you took some solid steps.  There are various simple ways for you to reduce your electricity bill, without sacrificing your lifestyle. Today we’ll discuss 10 such ways.

1. If you’re not using it, then turn it off

Didn’t your mother ever tell you to switch off the lights when you ‘re not in the room.  Well, she had a point there. It has been proven over and over again that it uses less electricity to turn the lights on and off, than to leave them on all the time.  So, next time you leave the room, look around first and see which things need turning off.  How about those lamps? And the fan and television? Yes, they  can all be switched off – even if you’ll be returning in 5 minutes.

2. Buy CFL bulbs

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL’s) have been shown to use over a third less energy than traditional incadescent lights, without sacrificing brightness. Although CFL’s are more expensive, they tend to last longer than normal bulbs and save electricity.

3. Get a Power Saver

A Power Saver is a device that regulates the flow of electricity to various household appliances in such a way that the bare minimum power is used.  This obviously helps save energy. These gadgets are available from most retailers and hardware stores.

4. Only wash on a full load

Instead of putting on the washing machine everytime something is dirty, rather wait until you have a full load of washing.  Not only will this reduce your electricity bill, but you’ll save water as well.

5. Keep the AC on a constant, reasonable temperature

Set the air conditioner to the minimum low or high temperature, just enough to keep you warm or cool.  Although it may take longer for the room to reach the ideal temperature, it’ll use far less energy than putting the AC on full blast for short intervals.

6. Don’t leave electronics on standby

You see that green light on your television set or computer monitor? That means it is still drawing power.  It may be a small amount, but when you add up all the appliances on standby, you’ll be surprised by how much you can lower your electricity bill by turning them off.

7. Use the geyser sparingly

Instead of using the hot water everytime you wash your hands, use the cold tap instead. This will put less strain on the geyser, and ultimately lower your bills.

8. Unplug your charger from the wall

Even though your charger may be unplugged from your phone, it will still draw current if it’s plugged into the wall. This is one of the biggest modern day money wasters.  And with the number of cellphone users increasing daily, it is a massive waste of electricity.

9. Keep the refrigerator full

Keeping your refrigerator full not only extends it’s lifespan, but helps save power too.  The reason is that air changes temperature very quickly, whereas solid food and liquids take a while to cool down or heat up.  So, everytime an empty fridge is opened, the cool air is quickly replaced by warmer outside air, causing the fridge to be overworked, which results in a higher electricity bill.

10. Cook with gas

Whereas electric stoves take a long time to heat up, gas is instantaneous.  By switching to gas, not only will you reduce your electricity bill, but cooking time will be shorter and you’ll have greater control over adjusting the heat.

So you can see, you don’t have to start living in the dark to reduce your electricity bill.  And beyond popular belief, it’s not how many gadgets you have that determines your electricity bill, but how you use them.  Make high electricity bills a thing of the past and start practicing these small changes today.  Before you know it, saving power will become a way of life.


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Originally posted 2008-11-12 14:03:40.



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