9 Easy Ways to Lower your Electric Bill

by Super Coupon Lady on June 14, 2012 · 8 comments

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Lowering your electric bill isn’t just about saving money, it’s about saving energy. Use these tips to help you easily do both.

1. No-brainer: Turn off lights when you’re not using them.

I know this one is simple, but it’s something many of us forget about from time to time. Oops, basement light got left on, but I don’t feel like walking down there to turn it off. You walked downstairs and left the desk lamp on upstairs. Little things like this add up.

2. Use the refrigerator – quickly!

Your refrigerator is one of the biggest energy users in your home, so you want to make sure it’s operating efficiently. When you open the fridge, don’t just stand there and stare at the food, trying to find something to eat. Think about what you’re going to grab before you open it, so the doors aren’t open for as long. Remember to vacuum the refrigerator coils and defrost if necessary.

3. Cool down your water heater.

No, I don’t mean take cold showers! Just turn down your water heater temperature to 120 degrees to save energy.

4. Change your lighting.

Use natural light when at all possible. Open the curtains, raise the blinds, and let the sun shine in. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with the higher efficient fluorescent bulbs – they use less than half the amount of energy. While these bulbs do cost more to purchase, they last longer which will save you money in the long run.

5. Clean it up.

Keeping your air filters clean will help save energy. Dust and dirt can hinder the air flow, so keeping them clean will help.

6. Use a fan, when you’re home.

Using a fan will help the room feel cooler, but leaving it on when you are gone will suck energy and won’t actually keep the room much cooler than if you turn it off.

7. Stock up.

Keeping your refrigerator and freezer full can actually lessen the amount of time the fridge has to run to keep cool.

8. Get rid of the ghosts.

No, your house isn’t haunted – or maybe it is – but some energy suckers that you may not be seeing are: TVs, VCRs, computers, and even microwaves. Any electronic or appliance that displays the time or keeps track of settings while plugged in can be sucking money from your pocket. If you plug these items into power strips, you can turn the entire strip off between uses instead of having to unplug everything constantly.

9. Apply weather stripping.

Older houses especially have a problem with letting cool air escape during the summer, or letting cold air in in the winter. Weather stripping can save you lots of cash, but it can also add up if you have to buy a lot of it. Purchase the weather stripping in the summer because the price usually goes up in the winter.

Got any energy saving tips for us? Share them in the comments!

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Kristin Wheeler June 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Those are GREAT tips for energy saving!! LOVE this!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Louise Morris June 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Yeah, I have another suggestion. Be sure to caulk EVERYWHERE: all around window & door facings (don’t forget underneath) and get that spongy insulation to put behind your electric plug plates and caulk around the edges before you screw the plate back on. Do you have a non-functioning fireplace? Be sure the chimney is plugged with insulation or drywall or something to keep the air from whooshing into your house. It’s amazing how much air/heat you lose from all the above-mentioned areas!

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Lea Michelle June 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

Thanks you so much for sharing! I have learned some new things they I never even thought about! Great Savings Tips!

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Sandi Hall July 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Also, hang your clothes out to dry instead of using your clothes dryer! I have a small side yard, and hubby put a line down the fence- perfect!

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Super Coupon Lady July 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Thanks so much Sandi! We are all so used to using our dryers and don’t even think to hang our clothes out! Another great tip to saving on our Electric Bill! 🙂

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cyndi July 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Another tip, unplug things you arent using because even if they are turned off they still use a little enegry. Examples…blender, toaster, can opener, things like that. Unplug them whem your finished using them.

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Brett February 21, 2013 at 5:32 am

I never dry sheets and blankets unless its absolutely needed. I hang them over doors or railings. They dry quick even in the winter. I also only do laundry early in the morning or late at night when power is at its lowest price.

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Small Footprints February 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Great tips! When we got rid of our “ghosts” and lowered the temp on the water heater (actually we just turned it off except for 30 minutes a day), we cut our electricity bill by over half. That’s significant! Thanks for sharing your tips … they really do make a difference. And, not only do they cut one’s energy bill … they help the earth!

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