As summer approaches and temperatures rise, so does the electric bill. In many ways the prices seem more overpowering than the heat, but there are ways to cut costs. By taking a few simple steps, you can save more than you thought possible. Here are just a few of the easiest changes that will help you reduce spending without making unreasonable sacrifices.
• If you have an electronic device in your home that is not being used, unplug it. It’s so simple, yet we forget to do it all the time. Leaving the hairdryer plugged into the wall can waste more energy than you realize. Even forgetting to unplug a power adapter can have negative consequences.
• Turn off your laptop when it isn’t in use. This goes hand in hand with unplugging. It doesn’t take that much more time to turn it back on, and it can save you more than you realize.
• The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy guzzlers of all. It works hard to keep your food as cold as possible. Keeping it away from heat such as radiators or direct sunlight will make that job much easier.
These are some of the easiest ways to make a dent in your electric bills. If these are not enough, consider taking a few extra steps to reduce your bill even more.
A little more effort
Of course the most effective way to reduce electrical costs would be to make a switch for energy efficient appliances. This can be an expensive process, and is best taken one step at a time. In the meantime, there are a few other changes you can make.
When you are looking to repaint a room, consider using bright colors. More light will be reflected, causing less artificial lights to be needed. You can brighten the room without turning on the switch.
Change your regular light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs have been known to last longer, and use less electricity. Their initial cost is higher, but in the end, you will save money.
There are many steps that can be taken to reduce your electric bill. By starting with the small steps, you can begin to see just how much you can save. Talk to your local electric company for the best energy saving tips.
By Cassie Costner