Get everyone in the household involved. Have a meeting and explain that you will be implementing an energy savings plan to curb energy usage. Share that in order for the strategy to work, each person will need to do his or her part. The end result will be better for the home, the monthly bill and the environment due to reduced emissions being released.
Switch out all incandescent bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent ones. Remember to turn lights off when not needed and open blinds or curtains to allow natural light into the home during the day.
Turn off and unplug unused electrical devices, like cell phone or laptop chargers, computers, etc. Some devices continue to consume electricity when left plugged in.
Consider replacing major appliances with energy efficient ones. Look for the Energy Star label on any new appliances as they use 10 to 50 percent less energy than traditional counterparts.
Have your heater and airconditioner serviced. Assure there are no leaks in the duct work and all vents are unobstructed. Change the filters once a month. Turn your thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter. A few degrees difference can equal large savings.
Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, new ones are normally set at 140 degrees. If it’s an older unit, consider a tankless model that only heats water on demand. Save more by cutting back on hot water use: take shorter showers and wash clothes in cold water.
When doing laundry, wash large loads instead of small ones. Verify that your dryer vent is clean and lint free. That will save energy and reduce the chance of a fire. Hang your clothes outside to dry instead of using the dryer or dry your clothes on a lower heat setting.
Use economy mode on your dishwasher and let your dishes air dry instead of using the drying cycle. Heat up leftovers in a microwave instead of using the stove. Reduce the amount of baking that you do and keep the oven door closed when you do bake.
We hope this advice helps to save money on your monthly electricity bill and decreases your impact on the environment.