If you're strapped for cash at the end of the month, stay positive. We're here to provide you with simple, quick tips to manage your power bills. There’s so much you can do to save by changing how you consume energy. Turn these simple hacks into habits, and you'll reap the benefits of smart spending.
1. Turn Off The Power Strips
With the increased use of technological devices in the home, power consumption has hit the ceiling, hasn’t it? On top of that, most people are unaware that even though their electronics are turned off, they’re still using energy. No wonder they are called ‘vampire devices.'
Unplug the devices that you're not using, such as your microwave and your television, especially if you are leaving town for the weekend. If your house is equipped, you can also turn off the power strips that these devices are hooked to.
2. Pack Your Fridge & Freezer Tightly
It turns out that stuffing your fridge is a way of reducing your power bill. Foods and drinks are dense, which means it takes a lot of energy to heat them up compared to air that heats up easily.
So, if your fridge is full, it will stay cold. But if it’s empty and full of air, then it will heat up quickly, which means the compressor will have to turn on to cool it down. And get this, liquids are about twice as hard to heat as solid foods, so a fridge full of beer will stay colder. So, start stacking up for a beer party, folks!
3. Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Instead Of Incandescent Light Bulbs
Although regular incandescent light bulbs do not use much energy on their own, having many of them in your house will add up over time. So, remember to switch these light bulbs off when they’re not in use and use them sparingly, or you can replace them with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs instead. Why? According to Energy Star (a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program), they use 80 percent less energy
than the incandescent light bulbs.
4. Air Dry Your Clothes
If you really want to start saving on your power bills, then you could consider drying your clothes outside in the open air rather than a dryer. By air drying, you will be eliminating the electricity used to operate the dryer as they use a lot of energy, thanks to its heating element and the mechanisms associated with it.
5. Manage Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans take a lot less power than your ACs, so it is always a good idea to turn, rather than the fan to stave off heat.
6. Get Solar Panels
Purchasing and installing solar panels can be very expensive, but there are grants available
to put solar panels in your house cheaply or even free in some cases. Harnessing the natural power of the sun to generate your own power is a great way to save money and go green, don’t you think?
7. Plant Trees
Researchers have found that planting trees near the south and southeastern parts of your house can save you tons of money, up to 25 percent during summer months on your power bills. These trees will not only protect your house from the sun’s harsh rays and keep the temperature of your house cool and pleasant, but they will also beautify your home and surroundings.