If lately, you’ve been opening the mailbox dreading the arrival of that electric bill, you might be overusing energy in your home or office. It’s necessary to have the power on if you work with computers or use electronics in your house–but did you know that there are hacks that can help you save energy and, in the process, save money?
Here are some tips for saving energy in your home and office, in turn lowering the number on that electric bill.
1- Install Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs
Traditional light bulbs don’t last for very long, and you can go through hundreds of them every year. More modern fluorescent light bulbs can last ten times longer, so you don’t have to constantly buy new ones. What’s more, they do not require so much energy to light up your house.
2- Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Did you know that the majority of your washing machine’s electricity is spent on adjusting the water temperature? Some people estimate that at least 90% of the energy spent during a wash is used to keep the water warm. Unless you’re washing clothes that require warm water to keep them in good shape, setting your washer to work with cold water will save energy and money.
3- Unplug Appliances You’re Not Using
You only eat toast in the morning, so why is your toaster plugged in all day? You might not have noticed, but even when appliances such as the toaster or microwave are apparently off, they still take up energy. Take a look around your house and see if there is anything plugged in that doesn’t need to be.
4- Make Sure Your Filter Is Clean
We often forget about the filters that keep our homes free of contaminated air. While you are breathing clean air, your filter is building up layers of dust and other particles, making it work harder than it has to…and taking up energy. Remember to change your filter and you can save around 15% of your energy.
These life hacks might not make bills any more welcome, but they’ll help lower the number printed on them. We live in a world where we need to use electricity, but we shouldn’t have to overpay for the basics. Try these tips and save money.