When you’re young, it’s easy to take energy for granted. As kids, we don’t pay the bills, and parents may not enforce energy-saving habits. As young adults, we’re often paying minuscule electric bills to maintain our tiny apartments. However, once you buy your first house, or upgrade to a larger residence, you may notice quickly that you misjudged just how much energy you use. If you need to learn how to save money on electricity, while also saving the environment, here are a few places to start.
Turn Off The Lights
Leaving lights on when they don’t need to be is a huge waste of electricity. Although it’s been said a hundred times, always make sure to turn off the lights in rooms you’re leaving, even if you think you may return after some time. Also, if your home gets natural sunlight, make sure to take advantage of that, too. Natural sunlight will not only save a ton on your electric bill, but it will also help your body feel better. Finally, make sure your lighting is efficient by using LED bulbs. LEDs tend to be the cheapest bulbs to run, and they use a minuscule wattage, meaning they can go in just about any lighting fixture.
Which eco-friendly rule do you think gets broken most often? My money is on unplugging cords when not in use. Most people don’t unplug their TVs, computers, or even phone chargers, which can really add to the price of electricity, as well as the environmental impact. However, smart outlets allow us to remain lazy while keeping our homes green. Some of these outlets get installed directly into the wall, while others are power strips that can be plugged into a traditional outlet. With a smart outlet, you can use a smart home system to turn on and off the current with your voice, saving some of the energy you would have otherwise wasted.
If you live in an apartment, you may not have control over this, but homeowners should definitely look into energy-efficient appliances. Refrigerators may be the biggest contributor, as a faulty fridge can drive up the electric bill to triple the average cost. Do your research and find brands that have certifications of energy-efficiency, but also keep in mind the trade-offs. You may be inadvertently setting yourself up to pay more if you need to override the energy-efficient settings just to use your appliance properly.
Finally, let’s talk about the seasons. In many parts of the world, it is common to experience 4 distinct seasons, but I want to focus on two: summer and winter. In summer, many people blast their air conditioning until their home is an icebox. Then, when winter comes, they may switch the heat on until their home becomes a sauna. To save significant energy usage, try to keep the temperature closer to the natural temperature outside. There is no reason to wear a sweater in summer or shorts in winter, so wear appropriate attire and adapt to the season.
Living in a larger home may bring significant benefits, but a big downside is the additional cost to the electric bill. To ensure you are not overspending, try following these tips for a month and compare your usage. I’m certain you’ll see a big difference.