Electricity bills can drive you up the wall. Even when you make logical choices in your usage of your appliances, it could still be through the roof. It will make you want to grab your electrical tools and equipment and check your wiring. But you may not need to do that. Maybe all you need is a few hacks:
Invest in a Power Strip Sleeping Consumers
There are appliances in your home that continue to use power even when they are not in use. A good way to spot these vampires is to see which of your devices have remote controls, continuous displays, and external power supplies. A good example would be your TV. Even when it’s turned off the whole time, a plugged-in TV can use up to 1400 kilowatt-hours per year.
You can simply unplug these when not in use to save energy. But a better alternative would be to plug them into a power strip. This device can cut off the power running into your sleeping energy consumers. Additionally, some versions have timers to turn your appliances on and off automatically. Using this feature to kill the power to your appliances while you’re sleeping will save you a lot of money.
Get A Power Monitor
With a power monitor, you can track how much power you’re using within the day. If you see that you are using too much, then you can adjust by not using so much for the rest of the day. Also, the demand for power varies within the day as well. Meaning, if you use energy during downtime – when not many people demand for it – then it will cost you less. It may be weird to do the dishes right before bedtime, but it could save you a lot of money in the long-run.
Small Meals = Small Appliances
A good rule of thumb when preparing food is to always remember that the bigger versions of appliances always take up more electricity. Thus, when only a small amount of food needs to be prepared, then the smaller appliances should be used. For example, heating up a small amount of food in a large oven is not as smart as heating it in up in a toaster oven. Using a kettle to heat up water rather than the stove is also more cost-efficient. Also, using a small pan on a large burner will waste around 40% of the heat energy. It’s all about keeping things in proportion.
You read that right. Motion-activate power outlets exist. When these devices detect that no one is in the room, they will power down and automatically turn off anything plugged into them. Imagine the amount of money you can save while you’re at work! Not to mention, it will give you peace of mind that your house won’t burn down while you’re away.
Stock up of Food
To make sure that your refrigerator is using energy efficiently, you have to make sure it’s full, but not too full. An empty fridge needs more energy to keep cool. Meanwhile, a fridge that’s too full can’t circulate the air inside. So you always have to make sure it’s stocked with food, but not to the brim. After all, you would always want to have a lot of food, right?
Also, make sure you clean the coils at least twice a year. Coils that are too dirty will make your fridge work harder and use more energy.
It’s out-of-the-box ideas like these that you need in order to finally beat your electrical bill. Knowledge is power, after all. So keep those electrical tools and equipment for now and use these tips to see that electric bill go down.