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?