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15 Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

Have you ever asked yourself, “why is my electric bill so high?” If you have, this guide is for you. These 15 ways to save money on your electric bill will help you save energy fast, along with some cash.

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Method 1: Conserve energy

The best way to save money on your energy bill is to simply to use less energy.

This means turning on fewer lights (and remembering to turn them off), using your hair dryer less, watching less TV, etc.

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When you first start implementing this rule, leave little notes for yourself by light switches so you remember to turn them off to reduce your light bill.

Estimated Time: Less than 5 minutes

Method 2: Check your water

Your water heater could be a big contributor to your high energy bill.

It takes a lot of work to heat gallons upon gallons of water, so check yourself before you take a long shower or let the faucet run for longer than necessary.

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Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for adequate heat that won’t break the bank.

Estimated Time: Less than 5 minutes

Method 3: Get smart with your thermostat

Changing how you regulate the temperature in your home can change the cost of your energy.

Keep your thermostat set to higher temperatures in the summer and lower temperatures in the winter to lower your electricity costs. If it’s too cold for you, put on some extra layers; if it’s too hot, see method 9.

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If you’re willing to pay a little more up front, think about actually getting smart with your thermostat by purchasing a smart thermostat system like Nest.

Estimated Time: Less than 5 minutes

Method 4: Replace your lightbulbs

Outdated lightbulbs can suck up a lot of electricity.

Switch out your old lightbulbs for LED or smart lightbulbs. They last much longer than normal lightbulbs and don’t waste as much electricity.  When shopping, look for ENERGY STAR certified bulbs.

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Consider getting dimmer switches, as well. They make it so that you can have the lights but still conserve energy.

Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

Method 5: Check for drafts and leaks

Look around for both air and water leaks, as both can cause hikes in your electric and utility bills.

If you hear a drip, it’s not only annoying  ̶  it’s wasting both water and energy. If things like your toilets or pool pump constantly running, it will add to your water bill, too. Fix leaks as soon as possible and try not to keep windows or doors open while the air conditioner or heater is on.

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Use a candle to check for air leaks around your doors and windows. Turn off any fans in the room, close any doors, and light the wick. Move it around the edges where there could be a draft. If the flame flickers, you will know there is an air leak there.

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Method 6: Upgrade household appliances

An investment in high-efficiency appliances can help you save more in the long run.

Older appliances use much more electricity than newer, high-efficiency appliances. Retire your old dishwasher, washer, or dryer in favor of a new one that will save you more money in the long run.

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Check EnergyStar.com for lists of efficient appliances. You can usually find these money-saving products at Sears for good prices.

Estimated Time: 3-5 hours

Method 7: Change your fridge & freezer temperatures

Don’t waste energy keeping your food colder than necessary.

Refrigerators don’t need to be set any lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and fridges don’t need to be colder than 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Setting temperatures any lower than that will not keep food any fresher and will simply waste electricity.

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Read storage labels on your food and drinks to make sure you are storing them properly.

Estimated Time: Less than 5 minutes

Method 8: Switch out your air filters

A clogged-up air filter means more energy is needed to push air through the system.

Make it easy on your airways by changing out filters. It’s recommended that you change your filters approximately once every three months.

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If you can’t spend money on a new filter, make yours last longer by cleaning it regularly. Also clean all your vents and around your air conditioning unit, especially if you have pets. Pet hair can build up and cause clogs.

Estimated Time: 30 minutes-1 hour

Method 9: Install ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are a more efficient way to keep cool.

Although being strategic with your thermostat can help lower energy costs, turning it off altogether and sticking to fans will use even less. You can also open windows to get a cross breeze.

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EnergyStar.gov has a list of the most efficient fans you can buy.

Estimated Time: 3-5 hours

Method 10: Remember to unplug

Even electronics that are switched off can use electricity if they remain plugged in.

Most people think that turning something off is good enough when it comes to saving energy. Actually, electronics are still using electricity as long as they are plugged in. If you want to save a little extra, fully unplug your electronics when you aren’t using them.

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To make unplugging easier, get a power strip with a switch. Instead of unplugging everything, you only have to turn the strip off.

Estimated Time: Less than 5 minutes

Method 11: Do your laundry on cold

Set your washer to “cold” to save more energy when you’re washing clothes.

In addition to using less electricity, doing your laundry on the cold setting prevents colors from bleeding. It’s a win-win for your wallet and your white shirts.

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Make sure you are using a detergent that works well in cold water. Some are specially designed to work best at warm or hot temperatures.

Estimated Time: Less than 5 minutes

Method 12: Air-dry your clothes

Your dryer works overtime to dry your laundry. Give it a break.

Not every load of laundry needs to cycle through the dryer, which sucks up a ton of energy. Try air-drying your clothes every once in a while to lower your power bill.

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Is the weather making it hard for you to line-dry clothes outdoors, but you don’t have a lot of space inside? Invest in a foldable drying rack for the laundry area that you can store when not in use. If it’s raining outside, you can set up floor fans to dry your clothes inside.

Estimated Time: 5-7 hours

Method 13: Avoid cooking with the oven

Ovens take a lot of energy to heat up, even when you’re cooking something small.

If you can use the stovetop, a toaster, or a toaster oven to prepare your meal instead, you will save the energy it takes to heat up a large oven.

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Want to save any more energy? Try some one-pan recipes. Short cooking times and fewer dishes to wash means less energy all around.

Estimated Time: None

Method 14: Plant trees

Trees provide shade that can reduce the need for energy-sucking air conditioning.

Not only are trees beautiful to look at, but they are also useful for those wanting to save money on their electric bills. Trees near your home help regulate indoor temperatures, meaning your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard in the hot summer months.

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This guide from the Arbor Day Foundation guides you through everything you need to know about planting trees specifically to save energy.

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If you want to avoid the cost of purchasing trees some trees, such as fruit trees, can be grown from the seeds of the fruit.

Estimated Time: 3-5 hours to plant, time to grow the tree varies based on the variety.

Method 15: Talk to your utility provider

You’ll never know if you could be paying less if you don’t ask.

Some companies can offer you a special deal or arrange your bill so that charges are lower during certain times of the day. Make a call and be upfront about what you want. You may be surprised by what you can negotiate.

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Ask for an energy audit. Utility providers will often do this for free and the results of the audit will show you how you could be using less energy in your home and saving money.

Estimated Time: 15-30 minutes

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