If you just bought a new home and you were coming from an apartment, a
townhome, or a rental home, you may be surprised to learn just how much
more expensive the utility bills are in a house. But, there are a number
of smart ways to adopt better habits and start living an eco-friendlier
lifestyle without having to use candles when it’s dark.
Want to save the most money? You’ll need to cut back on your electricity!
Here are some ways to start saving money on your electric bill.
First, Invest in Power Strips
There are a number of appliances that continue using energy, even when
they’re not being used as long as they’re still plugged into
an electrical outlet. These are what electricians call “vampire
devices” because they suck energy day and night. Our advice is to
invest in power strips and use them throughout your home.
What you do is plug as many devices as possible into power strips, which
come with a switch. When you’re not using the devices plugged into
the power strip, turn “off” the switch and the electricity
will stop being wasted.
In addition to using power strips, do this:
- Buy energy-efficient light bulbs, or more specifically, compact fluorescent
bulbs that last 10 times longer than regular bulbs and use about 75% of
- Pay close attention to the lighting. Add dimmer switches so you can adjust
the brightness and install motion sensor lights outside that only turn
on when someone is nearby. Both of these suggestions will help you save
energy and money on your lighting costs.
Make sure all of your kitchen and laundry room appliances are
Energy Star because they are more energy-efficient than non-Energy Star appliances.
For example, Energy Star refrigerators use about 9% less energy than standard
refrigerators, so the savings can really add up after five years.
- Consider air drying your clothes, especially blouses, shirts, and dresses.
By investing in a drying rack that you install in your laundry room, you
can hang or lay out your clothes to air dry and this won’t only
extend the life of your clothes, but it will help you conserve electricity.
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As you can see, minor changes can add up to big savings in your electricity
bill! For all of your
commercial electrical needs in the Greater Atlanta Area,
contact Lightning Bug Electric today!