Okay, these simple and easy tips are ones that anyone can do, for quick and cheap ways to lower your electric bills. Your results might differ, as for one thing, I’m in an apartment complex, and can only make so many certain changes. So, you might be able to make a few more modifications on top of what I’ve done and maybe save even more money.
First off, PROOF that I’ve lowered my power bill. Okay, the bill itself might not be lowered (I don’t have a copy of last years), but I have proof that I’ve lowered my KWH per day, which makes a HUGE difference on your power bill.
Step One: Maintain the Temps
Turn up your thermostat. If you’ve got it less than 78, unless you have a medical condition that requires your temperature to be below a certain on, turn it up. There’s no need to have it below 75. It’s more efficient to keep your AC set at 78 or so. I personally keep ours around 80, but we turn it down at night.
Step Two: FANS
Purchase some fans. There’s no need to keep your AC set at a low-low temp if you’ve got fans to keep the air flowing throughout your home.
I personally have a Lasko 3300 20″ DLX Wind Machine. I got mine at Walmart for less than $30. My husband wanted to spend $50 for one that used more electricity, and blew less air. NOT efficient at all.
Step Three: Keep Cool
- Do your heavy chores in evening or early in the morning, when it’s cooler. Okay, this isn’t completely about lowering your electric bill, but the less you overheat yourself, the less likely you are to adjust that thermostat.
- Lay in front of the fan if you’re hot. Okay, yeah, that one sounds a little “duh” by my kids LOVE to do it, and they keep cool.
- Dress cool and comfortable. Don’t walk around in jeans and other thick pants. Remember that less is more when it comes to dressing cool.
- Drink plenty of fluids and moisture-rich fruits and veggies, such as cucumbers, strawberries and watermelon. Besides being really good for you, it keeps you hydrated and helps your body maintain a cooler body temperature
Step Four: Replace Your Bulbs
I’m a huge advocate for the new CFL bulbs. We have all but I think two lighting fixtures with them. We saw an immediate lowering of our bill once we installed on package of five of them five-and-a-half years ago. We’ve only had to replace two bulbs of those original ones as well.
Yes, they’re a bit of an investment, but honestly, the amount you save in a year vastly outweighs that initial investment, in my opinion, PLUS, you’re also helping the environment. Two for the price of one? I’d take it in a heartbeat.
The simplest of things are the easiest ways to lower the cost of anything.
What are your suggestions for lowering electric bills?