Trying to get out of debt? Then you might need help with the electric bill. No, that doesn’t mean I am going to pay it for you. Even if I had that kind of money that wouldn’t teach anybody anything. However, there are ways to lower your electricity bill each month and you might not even know it. Here are 10 money saving tips to help with the electric bill.
Did you realize you can save a lot of money on CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs)? Each CLF bulb can give up to 10,000 hours of great natural light. If you want to get the same performance from a regular bulb you would need to buy a total of 7.
Install Sensor Switches
If you need help with the electric bill try installing sensor switches so that the light goes on when you are there and off when you leave. You can save up to $100 a year. And, you never have to worry about turning the light off again. The best part is it’s a great way to get around those forgetful kids.
Buy Energy Star
Energy Star excels at saving energy which can add up to a significant savings each and every year. All you have to do is keep the Energy Star label in your mind when you shop for appliances and let the savings continue to add up year after year.
Give Your Air Conditioner Yearly Service
Save up to $65 a year just by servicing your ac. The best way to keep your unit running efficiently is to service it regularly. Change filters, check the fan and grease up that motor yearly. The basic maintenance on your unit will do your wallet wonders. Plus it will last a lot longer with just a little love.
Turn Off Energy Suckers
If you need help with your electric bill then here is a small tip that will save you $100 a year. Turn off all energy suckers that suck up energy day and night. Computers, cellphones and reading devices guzzle up a lot of energy. If you are using it or not it’s eating away at your bill, your wallet and the environment.
Clean Out Dryer Lint
Dryer lint that builds up after every cycle will make your machine work harder. If your dryer is working harder it is spending more energy. And, if it’s spending more energy you are wasting money. A 10 second cleaning out of the lint from your dryer filter can save you $25 a year.
Change Your Furnace Filter
Save a quick $60 a year just by changing your furnace filter. Put a reminder on your phone or remember to chance batteries and filters when daylight saving comes and goes. Incorporating that good habit will keep your unit working more efficiently and save you a nice amount of money each and every year.
Save On Your Electric Water Heating
Did you know that a timer that turns on the water heater only when you need it, won’t waste electricity heating water that just sits in the tank? If you know more or less when you use you electric water heater during the day you can stop wasting money by installing a timer. That means no more heating and reheating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Now that is a smart savings to help with the electric bill.
Time of Use Meter
Another good way to help with the electric bill is to get a time of use meter. Time-of-use meters can replace your existing meter and connect directly to your meter box. It allows you to be able to pay less by only using electricity during certain times of the day. A bonus is that some companies even pay an incentive for signing up.
Clean Your Fridge
I don’t mean clean the inside. I mean clean the coils at the back of the fridge. I bet you didn’t know that your refrigerator uses more energy than any other electrical appliance in your house. By cleaning the coils with a coil brush 2 times a year you can improve efficiency by 30 to 50%.
What Techniques Do You Use to Help with the Electric Bill? Please Comment Below.