As someone who is naturally frugal, I’m always looking for ways to save money on everyday items as well as everyday expenses. Whether I’m shopping for groceries, personal care products, entertainment services like cable or cellular plans or household decor, I’m always looking for ways to save a little extra money here and there. With the winter months hogging all of the electricity from our heating system and the summer sure to do the same with the air conditioning, I recently began looking into saving on our electricity bill each month. If you live in a state where it gets extremely hot or extremely cold, then you know the struggle all too well.
It’s not enough that it’s a constant battle to remember to turn off lights and electronics but to worry about the additional costs of heating and cooling, the expense tends to get a little ridiculous. I know I’m not the only one who thinks that either, I hear it almost daily from friends and family who are also fed up with their high electric bill. I also know that I’m not the only one who is on the hunt for ways to cut the cost on everyday electricity needs, so, I’ve decided to put together a list for my readers of ways that you can start saving on your monthly electric bill. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!
- When it gets warm in your area, use your appliances like the dryer and your oven in the morning or the evening. The weather is cooler during these times and also it will help reduce the work your air conditioning will have to do to cool the house despite the rising temperatures coming off your dryer or oven.
- If you have ceiling fixtures with fans attached to them or have upright fans or box fans in your home, use them. If the warmth is still bearable you can use them instead of cranking up the AC and this will help you cut the cost by quite a bit. Fans help circulate the air in your home and proper air circulation is key for helping cool off or heat up the room. Setting your fan to counter clockwise helps keep it cool while setting your fans settings to clockwise will help trap the heat.
- Using blackout curtains or bubble wrap on your windows is a great way to help reduce cooling and heating costs. Both options help keep the heat out in the summer time and trap the heat in during the colder winter months and both are fairly inexpensive options.
- Always check and clean the filters on both your dryers lint trap and on your air conditioner’s filter (if not using central air and heat). This will also help prevent those appliances from working as hard to do their jobs and in turn will help save you money.
- Use energy saving light bulbs. Lighting accounts for almost 20% of your electric bill each month. These energy saving light bulbs illuminate the room the same as a regular light bulb but cost a fraction of what you pay for regular bulbs and save you big time on your electric bill.