10 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

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Save on cooling and heating, power and lighting, and water

Cool it. Yes, it’s a familiar summer mantra that means high energy bills, mostly in the form of air conditioning, won’t be a stranger. Air conditioning, heating, hot water, and lighting can all add up to energy costs that take a chunk out of your monthly — and yearly — budget. Read on for simple and easy ways to save on your electric bill all year long.

1. Check seals on doors, windows, and appliances

A bad seal allows energy to seep out — and money to drain out of your wallet at the same time.

2. Adjust fridge and freezer temperatures

Check to make sure that your fridge is set to 38 degrees and your freezer to 5 degrees; that way, your fridge and freezer won’t need to work as hard to maintain the temperature while keeping food fresh.

3. Fix leaky ductwork

By repairing leaky heating, air conditioning, and ventilation ducts you’ll improve the overall efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.

4. Wash clothes in warm or cold water

You can cut your energy use in half — per load! – by using warm or cold water when you do laundry.

5. Adjust the water heater temperature

Hot news: Lowering your water heater temperature setting to 120 degrees (the default setting is typically 140 degrees) can cut your water heating costs by up to 10%.

6. Inquire about discounted rates

Ask if your utility provider offers cheaper rates during certain times of the day, which can make doing laundry and taking care of other energy-intensive chores 5% to 25% less expensive during off-peak hours.

7. Swap out light bulbs

Talk about shedding light on how to save energy dollars: Replace bulbs in your most used light fixtures with LED bulbs or fluorescent lights and you could save up to $75 per year.

8. Install dimmer switches

Dimmers not only let you set the brightness in a room (and create a romantic vibe, should you be so inclined) but also save electricity.

9. Use smart power strips

Some electronic gadgets don’t truly power off but stay in standby mode using a small amount of power that can add up over time. Plug these types of electronics into a smart power strip, which cuts off the current when devices aren’t in use.

10. Do an energy audit

Contact your local utility provider and request a home energy audit, which might be free. The audit can help identify ways that could reduce your energy consumption and your costs.

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Sandra Murphy

Sandra Murphy

Holds a master's degree in professional writing and has more than 15 years of experience writing for national and international entities.

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