Ten Ways To Cut Your Electric Bill
One of the major concerns in the world today is
depletion of energy. As concerned citizens all of us must make a concerted
effort to be conscious citizens and save electricity. Electricity has become
integral to life but imagine having to live without power.
Conservation of electricity benefits you
personally as you will pay lower bills. Consider:
1. Doing an energy audit. This will tell
you how and when you use energy and where the wastage lies. You will be able to
make an �energy savings plan� by pinpointing exactly how you can cut back on
energy consumption. Some ideas may be as simple as don�t leave the coffee
machine on at all times.
2. Think about resetting the thermostat
ten degrees lower during the night. If you can do this for say approximately
eight hours a day you will save 10% on electricity without sacrificing comfort.
Insulate the home in winter by drawing shut the drapes.
3. Check all insulation in the house. If
you increase attic insulation to around 12 inches the electricity consumption
will reduce by 20 percent.
4. Plant more trees around the house
these will cool the house in summer and insulate the house in winter. Studies
show that a green cover benefits in many ways.
5. Have all electricity wires and outlets
checked for leakage. Check all fuses and appliances.
6. Fluorescent light bulbs are energy
efficient. They use 75% less energy than ordinary light bulbs. These have a
longer life and contribute to great savings.
7. Use energy efficient appliances. These
use less energy and believe it or not a high efficiency refrigerator uses less
electricity than a light bulb.
8. When you are away even for a few hours or
days you should turn off and unplug all electrical appliances and turn
settings on the thermostat, water heater, and refrigerator to the lowest
9. Ensure that you use a water-saving shower
head. Water heating costs for a family can be lowered by at least US$ 250 a
10. Weatherize your home. This helps
reduce heating bills by 20% and cooling by at least 10 percent. Even when
building a home or decorating it use weather friendly materials�those that are
not good conductors of heat and cold. Install windows and glass panes in the
roof in such away that you use sunlight to light up the rooms during day light
hours. Make an effort to switch off lights and fans when leaving a room. Ensure
that the filters in air conditioners and heaters are always cleaned and free of
clog and dust.
If you live an energy efficient lifestyle you
will see the numbers on the energy bill actually reducing. The power to cut
energy costs is well within your control. It is as simple as only washing full
loads and that to in cold water. Use the hot wash option only for very dirty
clothes. Cook food only just before you are ready to eat that way you can save
reheating costs as well as refrigerating costs of storing the food. Turn the
thermostat of the refrigerator to minimum in cold or cool weather. Switch off
freezers if they are not in use. Small contributions can all add up to
significant amounts of power saved. And, power saved means money in the bank
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