Whether it’s for budgeting issues or because you want to save the planet (or for both reasons), in this article we will present you with some recommendations that will help you spend less on electricity. And this is because, by making a few certain changes to some of your habits, you can considerably decrease the amount of your bill.
Tips for spending less on electricity
If you’ve received your electricity bill and the amount is more than the previous month, pay attention to the following tips. It won’t be necessary that you are in the dark all the time, or that you have to go to sleep earlier in order to spend less on electricity. Just carrying out certain practices, and modifying others, will be enough, such as:
1. Hire an expert
This tip may seem out of place because it includes spending extra money. However, it is a long-term investment. A professional can tell you if there are any air leaks in the windows, if the heaters or if your electronic appliances are functioning correctly. Or even if a certain device is using more energy than usual.
2. Buy efficient home appliances
If it happens that the tech tells you that one of your kitchen appliances, or the washing machine, is using more electricity than it should, it might be time to invest in a more modern home appliance that will help you save electricity.
Pay attention to the energy efficiency ticket of the home appliances. The energy efficiency scale is comprised of categories that go from the letter A to the letter G, the first being the most efficient. This type of information comes with almost every home appliance; refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and even light bulbs.
And, although energy efficient home appliances can be quite costly, they can considerably help you to reduce your energy bill.
3. Insulate doors and windows
You can do this yourself or you can hire someone, but it is important that your doors and windows are correctly insulated so that you can avoid losing the heat or the cold. A silicon gun, a little putty and some padded strips with glue are enough to insulate your home. These are not the only way to do it, but they are the most practical.
Also, you can hang curtains or put down rugs to help you thermally insulate your home. For example, in the winter, the curtain will help to eliminate “cold spots”; likewise, in the summer, you can use them to keep the heat out. Open the windows and the blinds when the sun sets to air out the home.
4. Use the appliances that you have in your home correctly
The majority of our monthly electricity usage comes from our home appliances. Because of that, you can spend less on electricity by using them efficiently. For example, you should de-freeze the freezer (the appliance that uses the most energy) when the ice layer is larger than 5mm. Also, be sure that the door is closed well.
When it comes to the washer, use the shorter time options with cold water. You can also wait longer in between washes so that the washer is completely filled, the same goes for the dishwasher. Additionally, when you go to iron your clothes, don’t put the iron on the maximum setting and unplug it when you are not using it.
As for the stove, when it is heated, take advantage of that and make a few different foods at the same time. Another important factor os energy consumption is the “standby” of televisions, audio equipment or computers. Even if you don’t think so, they continue to use energy even though you are not using them. So, the best thing you can do is to push the “red button” to turn them off when you are not using them. It isn’t necessary to unplug them.
5. Buy low consumption lightbulbs
If you want to spend less on electricity, as the bulbs that you have in your home run out, we recommend that you buy low-energy bulbs or LED bulbs. They are a bit more expensive, but their efficiency is greater and they last for more than 10,000 hours, in addition to not giving off heat.
In addition to changing the type of lightbulbs that you use at home, we recommend that you turn off any lights that are not in use. Whenever you leave a room and it is empty, turn the light off. Open the windows and curtains to take advantage of the natural light from the sun.
6. Shower quickly
It is so nice to stay in the shower, under the hot water, after a tiring work day since it really relaxes our muscles. However, this habit can be ones of the causes of your high electricity bill. Because of that, when you shower using hot water, it shouldn’t last longer than 7 minutes.
Also, lower the temperature of the water heater. Even though the predetermined median is at 60 C, adjust it to 40 C. Regulate the hot water with cold water and you’ll save money on electricity.
7. Don’t heat/cool the home if no one is there
It’s true that everyone likes to come home to the house at an ideal temperature, whether it’s winter or summer. However, we shouldn’t leave the heater or air conditioning on because our energy consumption will end up being very high, as well as our energy bill.
So, you should turn these devices on when you get home, or right before. It is worth it to remind you that there are applications that you can use to control home appliances from your phone. For example, certain applications can turn on these appliances 20 minutes before you get home. Also, there are home appliances that you can program to work after a certain time of the day.