Ten Simple and Easy Ways To Lower Your Electric Bill
#1 Invest in a Power Perfect Box
Satic USA’s Power Perfect Box will lower your electric bills 10-15% or more. As a wire-in solution at the electrical distribution panel, it provides robust surge protection, voltage regulation, line conditioning, EMF reduction, harmonics reduction, energy savings through reduced energy consumption and equipment longevity due to cleaner, more efficient power.
#2 Conduct a Home Energy Audit
Many utility companies (when they are not installing a smart meter on your home) may offer a free home energy audit to customers. If there's no such program in your area, conduct your own energy audit instead. It will help you identify opportunities where you could trim your energy use.
#3 Eliminate Phantom Loads
75 percent of the energy used by home electronics is consumed when they're not even on! These "phantom" power thieves include TVs, DVD players, stereos, computers and many kitchen appliances—basically anything that holds a time or other settings. An easy answer? Plug all of these items into power strips and switch the power strips off when you are not using them.
#4 Shield Your Home From the Sun
Cut down on your air conditioning use by closing curtains and blinds on the sunny side of your home. You could also consider installing tinted window film.
#5 Lower the Temperature on Your Hot Water Heater
10 - 15 percent of your home's electricity goes to heating water. You can lower this percentage, by setting your hot water heater to between 130-140 degrees.
#6 Wash Laundry in Cold Water
90 percent of the energy consumed by your washing machine goes to heating water. Turn the dial to cold, and skip the bill. According to Michael Bluejay, washing clothing in cold water instead of hot can save over $150 per year.
#7 Get a Programmable Thermostat
Set the thermostat to lower during the day when you aren’t home and at night when you are sleeping. By using a program, you won’t forget to lower it before you leave.
#8 Replace Air Filters Every Month
Dirty filters restrict airflow, causing the HVAC system to run longer and use more energy.
#9 Properly Insulate Your Home
Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's online tool that can help you determine how much insulation you should have based on where you live in the country.
#10 Install Weather-stripping
Check around your windows and doors for any gaps. Then, purchase and install weather-stripping to fill them in. According to Consumer Reports, sealing leaks can reduce energy costs by 15 to 30%