Energy is one of those costs that tends to not become important, until you get the bill at the end of the month. Then, it becomes incredibly important, especially if it was sky high in price. With a few tips, you’ll be on your way to saving money!
Energy is one of those costs that tends to not become important, until you get the bill at the end of the month. Then, it becomes incredibly important, especially if it was sky high in price. You’ll want to readjust your energy use for the next month, and be more conscious of your energy decisions. With a few tips, you’ll be on your way to saving money!
- Turn off lights
Everyone knows that turning off lights is the top tip given, but do you AND your family actually follow through with it? Many times we hold ourselves responsible for turning off lights, but do not hold our families responsible for helping. Simply getting everyone into the mindset of turning off a light whenever they leave a room will help with this. Often, individuals think that they will be back shortly and are just grabbing something to drink. Many times though, individuals get distracted in conversation or by a task and do not return as quick as they had planned. Turning off the light when you leave a room allows for that longer absence and could save on your electric bill.
- Unplug anything not in use
For those who work all day and have no one at home during that time, unplug your television, DVD player, game consoles, and more to save from them being “energy vampires.” Energy vampires are devices that are plugged in and turned off, but still pull energy while not in use. It is definitely worth the savings to spend a couple extra seconds plugging them back in.
If your outlets are not easily accessible, then investing in power strips would allow you to flip a switch and shut them down, but be mindful to select power strips that are energy-efficient. A lot of these power strips today have different variations so that you can choose to have some electronics constantly on and others off. That way your Internet modem can remain always on, but your television can be turned off when not in use.
- Black-out curtains
Black-out curtains are extremely good for a number of reasons. They keep out light should you have a pesky street light outside your window, and they can help you get to sleep and stay asleep.
Black-out curtains also help with sound and temperature. If you live on a busy street, they will reduce the amount of sound heard, and if the sun rises or sets facing your window, black-out curtains help to keep your room cooler, allowing your AC unit to not work as hard.
- AC units
On the topic of AC units, typically, it is recommended that you turn your AC unit down (raise the temperature closer to that of outside) when you are gone to keep it from overworking. However, be careful how you take this advice. Should you have a cat or dog, you shouldn’t put it above 80 degrees or it becomes unsafe for animals.
As always, remember to check that their water bowl is filled before you leave the house. Pets don’t sweat in the same way humans do, but they can still easily overheat. Click here for more tips to keep your pets cool this summer.
Hunger tends to lead to the fridge door hanging open as you try to decide what will satisfy your craving. Not only do you tend to not find what you’re looking for, but your electric bill suffers as well. In the summer, having the fridge door open forces it to work harder to cool your food after you just let a bunch of warm air in. To prevent this, you can make a list of everything in your fridge on a pad of paper with a magnet and stick it to the front of your fridge. On top of that, making a list of meals for the week can help with that uncertainty of what to eat for dinner and reduce your time standing with the fridge door open.
Now for some freezer tips that you may not know. It takes more energy to keep your freezer cold when there is no food in it than if your freezer is full. Once the items are frozen, they can contribute to keeping the climate in the freezer cold, but should you find yourself with an empty freezer, placing containers of water in the freezer is another alternative.
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