How to save Money on Electricity

Alexandra Heep By Alexandra Heep, 2nd Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1tkqu-73/
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Saving electricity has now come into the spotlight for various reasons. Worry about the environment as well as increases in rates in many areas have people wondering what they can do to save electricity.

Options that Make Sense

While many would say to use energy efficient appliances, windows, and insulation, those options aren't feasible for renters. Also, everything energy efficient costs more. While those choices are better for the environment of course and save money in the long run, not everyone is in a situation to utilize these options.

Fear not, there are ways that everyone can save on electricity - no matter where you live. Most use common sense, such as turning lights off when not in a room. Using the lowest wattage of light bulbs possible helps save as well. Also, unplugging appliances when not in use does save electricity. If it seems too difficult and time consuming do to this, simply run your appliances grouped through a power strip. Keep the power strip accessible, and simply flip the switch to the off position when you are not using them.

We have also become spoiled when it comes to climate control. Stores and office buildings run their air condition very cold in the summer, so when we get home we set our thermostats accordingly because our bodies adapt to feeling that cool.

There really is no reason to have a 68 degree temperature inside when it is 98 outside. 78 would be quite sufficient. What's more, the trend in homebuilding is now for wide open spaces indoors, which makes it harder to efficiently cool or heat those spaces.

What to you do in these cases? If you don't have multiple thermostats to control individual zones in your home, cover or close the vents in the rooms you don't use and only keep the common areas heated and cooled.

You can also turn your thermostat off when you go to work, and back on when you get home. Of course in some climates you can't get away with it, but you can still lower or higher the thermostat accordingly. Depending on the climate you live in, the same can be done in the fall or winter time with the heat.

Critics may say it takes that much more to heat or cool the house in the evening to catch up, so I put it to the test: For one billing cycle I ran the AC during the summer while at work, and the next month I did not. My energy bill jumped by 40 percent when I ran the AC during the day. The average temperature outdoors was pretty close to the same, so I know that could not have been the reason.

In the summer, do your laundry during the evening hours as your washer and dryer generate warmth, which will make the AC run more. In the wintertime, do laundry during the day, which will keep your heat running a little less.

In the wintertime, use plastic in front of your windows. It may not be visually appealing to some, but with some nice window treatments this should not be an issue. You can also use a cover on the bottom of your front door to keep drafts out. They actually make some very stylish ones for just that purpose, if a simple blanket visually offends.

Also, always change your furnace filter regularly. If you live in an apartment, property management is supposed to handle this, but it is up to you to keep track of the schedule. Simply call in a maintenance request and they will do it for you.

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author avatar Alexandra Heep
I am a freelancer and I can write about any subject. I have a professional background in administration, real estate, marketing, and mortgage post-closing. Other areas of expertise include health and beauty as well as spirituality and self help iss...(more)

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author avatar Sourav
2nd Aug 2010 (#)

A Very good share!

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