How would you feel if you could save money on your electric bill this month? What if everything you needed to do for this savings can be done in as little as 2 days? Read the list, get your small tools together, and set your timers.
Clean out your dryer
I do this about once a year personally. There’s more than the lint trap to worry about. There’s a fan in the dryer that sucks air from the laundry compartment through the lint trap. You would be surprised at how much dust, and lint balls are hiding in your dryer right now. The harder your dryer works to circulate air, even air at the right temperature, costs electricity. All you really need to clean them is a simple vacuum with a hose attachment. Check your owners manual and you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be. For my dryer it’s two simple prongs, and 5 screws before I’m doing a thorough cleaning.
With all the soaps that work with cold water, why do people still insist on using hot water? Hot water not only uses up more electricity to make, it wears down your clothes faster. You’ll save on energy costs, and clothing replacement if you turn down the temperature. Some washers automatically select the water settings for you based on what wash cycle you select. Adjust it if at all possible. I just need to press one button on my Kenmore to lower the temperature, try this and your clothes will thank you.
Chill out your water heater
We recently turned down our water heater to the second lowest setting available for it. Turns out we didn’t need a high heat setting to burn our skin. This saves you electricity to heat the water, and the amount of water you use in general! Next time you take a shower, take note if you’re turning on a lot of cold water or a little. When we turned down the water heater we didn’t need nearly as much cold water to balance out the temperature.
While we’re on the water heater let me mention this tip. My mother discovered inexpensive insulation. It reminds me of plastic bubble wrap, made of foil! At first I thought she was crazy, but I was proven wrong. She wrapped the water heater in it a few years ago, she then went on to wrap the exposed piping that was in the house. She also wrapped up part of our household heater that was never truly installed and insulated properly. The water heater didn’t need to run as much to maintain hot water, hot water actually stayed hot on the way to the shower! The heater itself delivered hot air through the house more effectively. I have no doubt that many people in America would be surprised at how little ‘warm up’ time their heater really needs, before it starts heating the house, provided it’s insulated properly.
Cut off part of the house
Not literally, but figuratively. The only reason we use the bottom floor of our house is to use the deep freeze, washer, and dryer. We sealed off the heating vents and extra rooms that are sitting empty. It worked instantly on our electricity bill. We also found some of our circuit breakers led to specific rooms we weren’t using. Guess what we did… Flipped the switch. This prevents any ‘ghost’ use of electricity.
Connect your rarely used kitchen appliances to a power strip. If you don’t use a can opener, toaster, or coffee grinder often plug it into the strip. Flip the switch when you’re not using them, or unplug the strip. It may seem small, or downright silly, but it works. Many appliances have electricity ‘ghost’ through them while plugged in. Even cellphone chargers are guilty of doing this.