21 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Power Bill

The power bill is the highest utility bill for most people. There are a lot of little ways to cut back on power usage that make a big difference overall on your bill. For reference on cost vs. size, my home is 1,053-sq. feet. I live with my husband and baby and my power bill is only around $40-50 a month. I do live in a climate where it’s hot during summer and cold during winter. I’m not a professional by any means when it comes to power, but here are some ways that I keep our bill low:

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In the Kitchen:
1. Unplug everything- Small appliances and electronics draw power even when they aren’t in use. Unplug them when you aren’t using them and watch your bill creep down to a comfortable rate.
2. Leave your stove open during winter- After I cook a meal I leave my stove door open so that the residual heat can warm up the room. Make sure that there are no young children nearby that can stick their hands in a hot oven!
3. Keep your freezer full- A full freezer keeps things cold, resulting in your freezer not having to work as hard to keep things frozen…which leads to a smaller bill.
4. Air dry your dishes- Before I run the dishwasher I make sure to have the heat dry turned off. After the dishwasher is done I open the door and let the dishes air dry, saving money on the power it would have taken the dishwasher to heat dry the dishes.
5. Use smaller appliances- The oven uses a lot more energy than a toaster or instant pot. I LOVE my instant pot and everything that it does. Check out this Facebook page to read the raving reviews and recipes from over 511,000 instant pot owners.
6. Use energy efficient lightbulbs/appliances- This one doesn’t really need much of an explanation. If a lightbulb/appliance uses less energy than other types/brands then that’s more money back into your pocket.
7. Don’t use the garbage disposal- The garbage disposal takes power. Scrape your dishes off into the trash before washing them to save on power. It’s such a small thing to do, but the small things really add up to lowering the overall bill.
8. Use full dishwasher loads- one full load of dishes requires less power to clean than 2 half loads. Wait until it’s full before you run it.


In the Laundry Room:
9. Air dry your laundry- Clothes lines are my best friend! Not only do they save on the power bill, but the sun also bleaches out small stains. During the winter, or if you live in an apartment, then you can use this drying rack instead of an outdoor one.
10. Use cold water- It requires energy to heat up water. If your clothes aren’t too soiled then change your settings to use cold water instead of hot.
11. Clean the lint trap after every use- clothes normally dry faster when it’s clean, saving energy. It can also be a fire hazard having tons of lint floating around in high-heat!
12. Use full loads- The same goes with the washer/dryer as the dishwasher. It takes less power to run one full load of laundry than it does to run 2 half loads.


In the Bathroom:
13. Take shorter showers- Seems a bit odd since showers require mainly water, but it takes power to heat the water. Less hot water used = less money spent on the power bill.
14. Skip the hair dryer- Running a hair dryer requires power. Save your power bill…and your hair and let your hair air dry as much as possible.


Misc. Tips for the Whole House:
15. Turn those lights off! – This one is pretty self-explanatory. Turn lights off when you’re not in the room, or when natural light can be used instead.
16. Know your off-peak hours- Some power companies charge less during certain hours of the day. Call your power company and ask them which hours in the day they charge less for power, then run your appliances then.
17. Change the thermostat- Does your house really need to be a cool 65 degrees during the summer? Up it to as high as 74 and save! The same goes for winter months: turn your thermostat to 60 instead of a toasty 72. Every degree counts!
18. Unscrew lightbulbs- Does your small bathroom really need 4 light bulbs? Mine sure doesn’t! I unscrewed 2 of them and haven’t noticed the difference in light.
19. Flip the breaker- This is my lazy way of not un-plugging things. There’s no way I’m going to climb behind my washer/dryer and unplug it when not in use. I flip the breaker instead so the washer/dryer can’t draw power while plugged in. You should know where your breaker box is anyways.
20. Insulate your home: Insulating the big things- such as your attic, and the small things- such as outlets and doors, can really help prevent the cold/hot air from escaping your home.
21. Have your power company come out and take a look- Most power companies will come out for free or a small fee to look over your home and tell you what you can do to save on your bill. Its professional advice customized to you and your home.

These are all small and simple, but put them together and your bill will be a lot less! Give it a try, what do you have to lose?


One thought on “21 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Power Bill

  1. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    June 17, 2017 at 7:06pm

    These are awesome tips to keep the electricity bill at bay. Here in the Philippines, it’s the air conditioned that makes our bill high so we use it minimally.

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  2. Rebecca Swenor

    June 16, 2017 at 8:51am

    These are all great tips for saving money on your power bill. I air dry my clothes by hanging them on a clothes rack. The light bulbs I buy are LED lights which saves energy too. All the appliances I am not using I will unplug too. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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  3. Katja

    June 15, 2017 at 1:41pm

    We’re trying to be energy savvy and have been talking about getting a smart meter to keep an eye out for consumption too. Great tips!
    Katja xxx

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  4. Amanda Love

    June 15, 2017 at 8:08am

    These are great ways to save on our electricity bill! I think it’s important to unplug everything especially the chargers when they’re not in use as they tend to consume electricity. This would be an awesome guide for people who’d like to save more on their bills.

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  5. Megan

    June 15, 2017 at 12:33am

    I had no idea about the half full dishwasher/washing machine! We also air dry a lot of our clothes too.

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  6. Shannon H

    June 14, 2017 at 2:56pm

    Awesome tips indeed! I usually turn off all lights and unplug/switch off surge protectors to all electronics before leaving the home every day.

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  7. David Elliott

    June 14, 2017 at 2:24pm

    These are all awesome tips for power saving. I really need to follow them more. I know I get lazy and just don’t want to unplug everything even though I know it will be saving me money, which is kind of sad. 🙁

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  8. akamatra

    June 14, 2017 at 11:29am

    These are fantastic tips to save money on electric bills! I am showing this to my hubby asap!

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  9. Betty Boiron

    June 14, 2017 at 4:33am

    These are such great tips! I never heard the one about keeping the freezer full but makes so much sense! Argh my kids and husband sucks at turning lights off, and whenever I unplug something they plug it back in.. Drives me crazy!

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  10. Kristy

    June 14, 2017 at 1:32am

    This was such a great article on saving money on electricity. I’m always looking for ways to go green.

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  11. Christine

    June 13, 2017 at 11:57pm

    What great ideas!! I love saving money and these are such easy ways to make a big financial difference!

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  12. Ashvin

    June 13, 2017 at 9:58pm

    This is a great list. As stupid it may sound, I have the tendency to leave lights on when I leave the room and sometime the TV plays for hours with no one watching it. I really need to stop this bad habit. Great list though!

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  13. Amber

    June 13, 2017 at 7:30pm

    I do a lot of this, but I’ll keep the other tips in mind. I hate the electric bill during the summer. I dread opening it. We currently have the house at 77. My kids say it’s too hot, but they aren’t paying the bill so…

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  14. Jessica Taylor

    June 13, 2017 at 6:32pm

    My power bill spiked up this summer, so I definitely need to try some of these tips to get it back down!

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  15. Corinne & Kirsty

    June 13, 2017 at 5:36pm

    Really useful tips! We have a bundle so we should not get over our allowance and pay more but who knows… I do often turn off the light in the living room while someone left it on. xx corinne

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  16. Beth Davidson

    June 13, 2017 at 2:03pm

    I have a new electric company and I haven’t checked to see if they do this yet, but in my last state they had an option to pay daily. I know that sounds really crazy, but if you choose that option you absolutely see how much the little things add up. It’s a pretty cool way to keep track of how much you’re using.

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  17. Jackie

    June 13, 2017 at 1:33pm

    This was very helpful. Awesome tips and so many can benefit from it. I must try a few of these as my power bill is so much at the moment. Thanks for sharing these to help others out.

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  18. GiGi

    June 13, 2017 at 1:21pm

    I try to ALWAYS unplug everything. My husband is a freak about saving on the power bill and I respect him for it, even if I poke fun every so often 😉 The one thing that I can’t stop/won’t stop with though is the AC because I love being cold.

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  19. Leo T. Ly

    June 13, 2017 at 12:22pm

    This is a great list of tips Shannon. I know that I am guilty of having all my appliances plugged in and my computer plugged all the time and on power saving mode. It’s still consuming power. Gotta start unplugging the appliances.

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  20. Ali Giska

    June 13, 2017 at 11:32am

    Curious about my off-peak hours. Never thought about that. Now that its summer, I am definitely storing my hair dryer away for the season. Thanks for the tips, our bills are sky high.

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  21. Jo Anna

    June 12, 2017 at 11:55pm

    Thanks for the tips I love this post!! I am definitely implementing some of these into my home!!

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  22. Robin rue

    June 12, 2017 at 11:38pm

    You should hear how many times a day I have to remind my kids to turn off a light when they walk out of a room. I would save a TON if I could accomplish just that.

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