REDUCE YOUR ELECTRIC BILL DURING THE WINTER
Our family is on a journey to become debt free in 2019. One of the first things that we’re evaluating, is our electric bill. This is one of our largest monthly expenses, and I’m on a mission to cut it down! Below I’ve listed the things that we’re trying to put to use in our home, plus a few other ideas. Put these tips to use, and you can reduce your electric bill too!
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KEEP THE TV OFF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
One of the first things I’ve noticed once we started trying to save money on the electric bill, is that our tv was ALWAYS on. It didn’t matter if no one was even in the same room. What a horrible habit! I’m trying to be more intentional in 2019, so keeping the tv off more, will help save money, while being more intentional!
TURN OFF LIGHTS WHEN YOU LEAVE THE ROOM
I know this seems obvious, but once you start really paying attention in this area, you may notice that there are often lights left on that shouldn’t be. I gathered all of my kids together and told them how important it was to turn off all of their lights when they leave a room. With a few reminders (and making them go turn it off when they forget), they’re already doing a much better job at turning out the lights.
USE YOUR GLASS DOOR
If you have a glass door, open your main door when the sun is shining. This allows the sunlight to reflect on the glass, which helps to warm up the inside of your home. The neighbors probably think I’m crazy, but one sunny winter day, I stood up against that hot, glass door. It felt amazing. I closed my eyes and it felt like summer to me. A glass door is a great investment for the sunny winter days.
STOP MESSING WITH THE THERMOSTAT
This year, I’m trying to keep the thermostat set at a cooler temperature than what I’m used to. I’m hoping that the couple of degrees difference, will really help lower our bill.
REPLACE AIR FILTERS MONTHLY
This one is just common sense. Put a reminder in your phone for the same time each month. Replacing the filter often, helps to keep your heating system running more efficiently.
KEEP THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR CLOSED
Our 3 year old just loves to open the refrigerator….a hundred times a day! Since we started our journey to save money, I’ve started getting onto him for opening the refrigerator. I ask him what he thinks he wants, and then if he knows, we’ll get it really quick.
SEAL WINDOWS WITH PLASTIC
If you have a really cold winter, this is great idea to help keep the heat inside, and the cold out. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about, in case you’re not familiar with this. 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window
DO NOT RE-RUN YOUR LAUNDRY
I’m SO guilty of this. I get busy (or just lazy sometimes), and completely forget about the laundry that I started. Then I have to re-run the wash cycle to get the smell out (we have an old washer). Or, I have to re-run the dryer to get wrinkles out. We don’t iron in this house! Haha! Set a timer to remind you to get the laundry out when it’s finished, so you don’t have to re-run it.
USE COLD WATER WHEN DOING LAUNDRY
Speaking of laundry, use only cold water, and don’t use the extra rinse/spin cycles unless absolutely necessary.
RUN ONLY FULL LOADS
I’m SO guilty of this mistake too. We have our reasons, but we definitely need to work on not running the dishwasher and washing machine when they’re not fully loaded. Running full loads obviously cuts down on power and water being used, which saves you money in the long run!
TURN HEAT DRY OFF
Our son is going to hate this one, because he’s the one who does the dishes in our home. But turning off the heat dry mode on the dishwasher can save money, so I’m going to have him to start drying the good old fashioned way!
RUN YOUR LARGE APPLIANCES DURING OFF-PEAK TIME
Did you know that electric companies have peak and off-peak rates? Running your large appliances during the off-peak times can save a lot of money. You can call your electric company or explore their website, to find out what the off-peak times are.
UNPLUG EVERYTHING THAT ISN’T IN USE
When you’re not really paying attention, it’s easy to leave charging cords, toaster ovens, baby monitors, etc., plugged in, and think nothing of it. If you’re trying to cut back, take a look around, and get into the habit of keeping things unplugged when not in use.
CHANGE OUT ALL OF YOUR LIGHT BULBS
We have slowly been changing out all of our old light bulbs to the newer LED light bulbs. They are expensive (which is why we’ve been doing it slowly), but they are worth the investment because they are much more energy efficient, and they last longer.
If you use propane, see if you are able to pre-buy it before winter, at a cheaper price. You may also be able to pay to lock in a specific price if you aren’t able to pre-purchase.
MAKE YOUR CEILING FAN WORK FOR YOU
If you have ceiling fans, there’s a little switch on them that can reverse the flow of the air. Check out this website for more information, to make sure that you are using your ceiling fan correctly.
USE A TOASTER OVEN MORE OFTEN
Before preheating your conventional oven, consider whether or not you can cook/bake in the toaster oven. If you’re only cooking small meals, this can be a great, unique way to save money on your utility bill.
GET A HOME HOME ENERGY AUDIT
Many utility companies offer home energy audits for free. An audit is a simple checkup of your home to help determine where you might be losing energy — and money — and how to correct it.
CLEAN YOUR REFRIGERATOR VENTS
Keeping the vents and fan on your refrigerator clean, allows it to function more efficiently.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Drop me a comment below and tell me which idea is your favorite to reduce your electric bill. I would love to hear if you have other ideas that work for you.
Be blessed my friends!