Electric Saving tips

21 Oct

For the past two months it has been unseasonably warm here in the heart of Kentucky, which is great thing for people like me, trying to save money on their electric bill.

Since the beginning of September the weather has been perfect.  We turned our air off on the first day of September and have only turned it back on for one night the past two months and we are on the third floor of our three story building!

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Here is what you can do to help cut down on your electric bill:

  • If the weather is nice enough open up the windows and keep them open until the days get too cold, if the nights are too cold then just shut most of the windows and leave a bathroom or a kitchen window open.
  • Instead of being connected all the time unplug appliances that are not in use, such as the coffee maker, the toaster, blender, quesadilla maker, margarita maker, computers, cell phone chargers, hair straighteners.  Whatever it is, if it has a plug and can be unplugged, unplug it while it’s not in use.
  • This is also a water saving tip, but take shorter showers or take showers in colder water.  Brush your teeth with cold water, wash your face with cold water (this will also help you wake up in the morning).  Still wash your hands with warm soap and water though to kill all the germs.
  • Make sure that all the light bulbs in your place are working, if there is a bulb that is out replace it right away.  Even though the bulb is not working it is still using energy each and every time that you have the light plugged in or turned on.
  • If you like to sleep with the lights or the TV on, set them so that they are on a timer and can go off automatically during the night once you are asleep.  Instead of using the overhead light invest in a night light or a night light and air freshener combo so that you get more for your money.
  • Do not run the dishwasher until it is completely full and nothing else can safely fit into it.  This is something that I struggle to convince my roommate to do.  She usually loads it to what I would consider 3/4 of the way full and then she runs it 😦
  • Make sure that the filter in your unit is functional and clean, if not this can slow down the efficiency of your unit and raise your bill!
  • Last but not least, charge all your appliances at work, such as your computer, tablet or phone, or at the library while you are there studying…but don’t steal the toilet paper!

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