28 May 2017

How to reduce your electricity usage/bills

Our electricity bills are just too damn high, but lowering them doesn't require spending money on green power gadgets or sacrificing your sanity. With a few simple tricks and minor adjustments to the way you operate your appliances, you can drive your electricity costs down.

There are plenty of good reasons why you should make an effort to cut down on your electricity usage at home. Not only does using less electricity help to reduce the level of harmful CO2produced, but it also helps you cut down the costs of your utility bills.

There are a number of tips and practices you can put into place around your home. Check out our exhaustive checklist of energy saving ideas below.

1.  Turn off the lights: When you leave a room, turn off the lights!

2.  Turn off the fans: If your AC is running, there’s no need to have two energy sources going at the same time.

3.  Reduce TV watching time: Especially those of us with young kids, TV watching is not only a waste on energy, but children need to be focused on a variety of activities anyway.

READ: BEWARE: Smart home devices can now be used to spy on you.

4.  Change your bulbs: Switching to energy efficient light bulbs are a great start to saving on your energy bill. Not only will that reduce the amount of watts used, but they last a lot longer too.

5.  Unplug appliances when not in use: If you really don’t make toast that much, what’s the point in keeping it plugged in? The same goes for lap top plugs, phone chargers, etc…Most of us leave these plugged in until we need them again, wasting energy. Whatever doesn’t require present power, try to unplug it.

6.  Ditch old fridge: Old refrigerators consume a lot of electricity. If you’re still using it, just get rid of it. You can end up saving money by replacing it with a new one. If you have multiple refrigerators, try scaling down to one.

Before you go to bed turn off the power to appliances such as TV's, Stereo's, DVD players and any other items that do not need to stay on. These appliances can consume considerable amounts of energy while on standby. You could also try using power strips. With all your appliances all plugged into the same area, you'll have an easier time remembering to turn everything off.

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