10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

Life is so expensive. We must try to save every cent that we can in order to be able to get the things that we need. Sometimes that means waiting on the things we want. It always means trying to spend less to get more.

Families have many expenses. There’s food, gas, car insurance, homeowners and life insurance, household and personal need items, clothing, etc. This list goes on and on. The list contains utilities. Life requires utilities such as electric. It’s remarkably hard to live without it. It’s just one of those things that makes our home our home. Electric is a monthly expense. Every 30 or so days you receive your electric bill in the mail. It’s an expense that must be paid.

How many of you love to open your electric bill? Are you anxious to see what’s inside, ready and optimistic? The answer for most is definitely a no. The electric bill is one of the larger bills that we need to pay each month. Sometimes it’s hard to pay the little bills, let alone the big ones.

Here are ten tips to help you save money on your electric bill. You can put these to use immediately and see a drop in the amount you pay in next months bill.

1. The first tip is to try to use less electricity. A stereo does not need to be on if no one is listening to it or even in the room it is in. Same goes for the television set. Why have it on using electricity if no one is watching it? Shutting stereos and televisions off when not in use is one way to lower the amount of electricity that your home is using.

2. Like the first tip, the same goes for lights. Every time you or a member of your family flips on a light switch the meter turns. The amount of electricity being used increases. If no one is in the room turn off the light. Leaving it on wastes money and uses electricity that doesn’t even get used. Using the natural daylight means no lights on during the day. That is one great way to save a lot of money. Open the curtains and tie them back. Let the sun light pour through your windows and light your home for free.

3. The third tip that will help you save money is to unplug things that are not being used. Turning the radio off is good but still it is using electricity to light the lights and keep the clock going, if it has one. If you unplug is no electricity will be used at all. The same goes for microwaves and other appliances. When no electricity is used no money needs to be paid for it.

4. The fourth tip is to eliminate electrical appliances. If your dryer is an old electric one it is most likely drawing 220 every time it is used. That can be very costly. Consider switching to a new and energy efficient propane dryer and watch your electric bill decrease.

5. The fifth tip, much like the fourth is to replace your electric stove with a propane one. Propane is much cheaper to supply than electric is when is comes to a large appliance. Your electric bill will drop. The same idea also goes for your hot water heater. Even simply switching to an energy efficient electric appliance will cuts your costs drastically.

6. Heating systems are often partly electrical. They need electricity to work. If your heating system is old it is doubtful that it is energy efficient. You could save a whole lot of money by updating your heating system. Install a new energy efficient furnace and watch the costs drop some more.

7. The seventh tip that can help you save money on electric costs is to make sure that your home is holding heat well. A furnace that runs and runs because heat is escaping is running and running your electric bill up.

8. The eighth tip is to replace your windows. This goes along with tip number seven as does the next one. Windows let out heat when the are old. The new windows available today are energy efficient. They keep the heat in. Your home stays warmer and your furnace runs less. This saves you money not only on your electric costs but also on your heating costs as well.

9. The ninth tip goes with the above two and it is to side your home. Heat loss makes the home hard to heat and a hard to heat home uses way too much electricity. Your bill could be a lot lower if your home is leaking heat. Holding that heat in means a lower electric bill, and again a lower heating bill as well.

10. The tenth tip that will help you save money on heating you electric costs is to replace all aluminum wiring in your home with copper. The not only saves you money but also greatly reduces your risk of having a home fire. When electricity runs through copper wiring it flows. When it runs through aluminum wiring it has to push it’s way through. More electricity has to be pushed in order to get it to where it needs to go. Thanks for reading and take care!

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