For homeowners, adjusting to the changes brought about by the ever-fluctuating seasons and temperatures can be difficult. Though methods vary from home to home, when the end of the month rolls around, the vast majority of people find that their adjustments ended up costing them.
It is an easy trap to fall into, as comfort in our homes far too often comes at a price. The constant need to maintain our space, combined with the necessity of our day to day chores and activities can make for a sizeable electricity bill. Fortunately, there is a way to minimize that cost to help ensure that you make it through at the price that is desired.
Here are Ways to Save Electricity
Microwave Over Oven
One of the most unsuspecting electricity-burning activities stems from what often seems to be an inconsequential decision. For some, cooking food in the oven is a preference based on the rich flavors that it is able to deliver over the likes other cooking methods. For others, the decision is based on meal prep instructions, indicating that food is be prepared within the oven. The only problem with this is the time and energy required for the oven to prepare your meal. In comparison, the microwave is not only quicker to use, but requires considerably less energy and will help you save big bucks. Consider making the easy switch next time you’re debating which directions to follow when making dinner.
Cover Your Windows
How many times have you left your windows uncovered and watched as the sun’s ray penetrated the glass and heated up your room? For common spaces like the living or family room, this may require some cooling from the A/C, costing you electricity and money. To begin saving, use blinds or drapes to cover windows. They are particularly effective when you put them throughout the rooms on the side of the house that faces the sun.To keep your home the coolest, use light colors for your window coverings, as they will reflect the light better than darker shades that absorb it. Also, be on the lookout for drapes with light colored backings, as they also prevent heat absorption. If you decide to use blinds, remember they are most effective when closed completely, so be sure to shut them all the way.
Switch to LEDs
If saving money on electricity is your goal, consider making a minor change to the devices that emit them. LED lights are the most efficient bulbs on the market, saving users by outlasting and outperforming incandescent and fluorescent substitutes. They do come at a slightly higher upfront cost but will make that money back several times over as LEDs last around five times as long as fluorescent bulbs and an astounding twenty times as long as incandescent. Unlike the other bulbs, LEDs are also able to thrive in cold temperatures and gradually dim as they near the end of their lifespan instead of bursting out as others do.LEDs can save homeowners up to around $10 per bulb each year, which when plugged in throughout the house quickly adds up.
Open Your Windows
Windows may be great for the views they provide and the natural lighting they allow into our homes, but when it comes to saving electricity they have another purpose. During hot stretches that tend to settle in during summer months, windows are great for combating the heat by allowing natural breezes to circulate within homes. This enables homeowners to cut off their energy consumption by simply using the natural gusts to cool down the temperature within rooms. And at night, cutting off the air conditioning and opening a few windows is perfect for further lowering the energy bill.
Use Light Colors When Painting
While most people just think of painting a room solely as a means of changing up the space, it can also be used as a method of saving money. This can be done by using lighter shades to color your room, instead of darker ones. Dark colors cause spaces to feel smaller, taking away from their appeal. Even more alarming is the tendency that dark colorshave to absorb light, which will often force a greater amount to be included in the room in order to ensure quality lighting. Naturally, introducing more light sources will counteract the problem but will also increase the amount of electricity you consume, raising you monthly bill. For an easy fix, consider giving your home a little paint job.
About Douglas Keller
Douglas Keller has been a financial expert for 20 years, helping people reach financial stability. He now provides personal finance tips for Payless Power, where he helps people save money on their bills every month.