If your household is like many American households, your power bills are some of the highest utility bills you have every month. Of course, you can’t just turn off the electricity to your house, but you can take steps to cut down on your usage. Try these tips to save some money.
Watch your thermostat. Over 30% of your power bill is from heating and air conditioning your home. If you can learn to live with cooler temperatures in the winter and higher temperatures in the summer, you can save a lot of money. You should also consider making the investment in a programmable thermostat. These devices can adjust the temperature so that you’re not paying for heating and air conditioning when you’re not home.
Use power strips. It’s estimated that about 10% of the power in a home is wasted on electronics that are plugged in but not turned on all the way. Unplug items such as toasters and coffee pots, and put larger items such as televisions on power strips that can be switched off when you aren’t using them.
Buy a water heater jacket. Heating water uses a lot of energy, and most of this heat is wasted while the water sits in the heater waiting to be used. To prevent the water from naturally cooling, insulate your water heater. Jackets tend to cost less than $50, making it possible to make back your investment in under a year.
Saving electricity is a good way to save some money every month and help the environment.