Ways to save money on your electric bill
The rising numbers on your electricity bills are a reason to worry. Not only financially, but considering the increasing levels of global warming, it is our social responsibility to reduce energy consumption and contribute towards a greener environment. I know it is easier said than done and I don’t expect you to change all electrical appliances in your home overnight!
Here’s what you can do-
- Start off by changing one bulb. Get a hold of energy saving light bulbs that consume less electricity than your typical 6 volt 5 watt bulbs and provide you with the same intensity of light. It is best to opt for bulbs that are labeled as ‘warm white’ and range from 2650 to 2850 degrees. Get to know your watts and requirement. You should replace your older bulb with a compact fluorescent (CF) bulb that has 1/4th the wattage of an incandescent bulb. For instance, a 60 watt incandescent can be replaced with a 15 watt CF bulb. Do check for the shape and size so that it fits into the desired lamp or fixture.
- Change your outdoor lighting. My driveway and porch lights give great visibility even though they are solar outdoor lamps. When solar-powered outdoor lightning first came out, many people noticed that the lights only gave a little light and sometimes for only a short period of time. Luckily, solar technology has improved since then and add that to LED light technology and you have extremely efficient and sustainable outdoor lighting. The super-bright LED’s light up your driveway or porch, without raising your electricity bills.
- Energy star appliances- If you are picking some new appliances for the home then opt for energy star appliances. Brands like Whirlpool offer excellent energy saving appliances like washing machines and refrigerators. Now, you don’t have to worry about high costs and can be happy about contributing to a greener environment.
Some other tips that you can implement to save electricity are-
- Switch off electrical devices when not in use
- Don’t put electrical devices on power saving or hibernate mode since they do continue to consume a bit of electricity in such modes
- Minimize the use of electrical light and maximize the use of natural light
- Stay away from low energy star rating appliances as they raise your electricity bills