Most people feel that they pay far too much for the energy that they use inside of their homes. However, according to many published reports, there are not nearly enough individuals who take proactive measures to ensure that they are doing all that they can to reduce their electricity use.
If you happen to be one of them, the good news is finding ways to use less electricity inside of your home is actually not that hard to do. Here are five proven ways to keep your electricity levels down so that your energy bills will become lower in the process.
Use natural light more. If you’re someone who works from home during daytime hours and you use overhead lighting or lamps a lot, you are definitely wasting a significant amount of electricity. By foregoing light bulbs and opening up your window treatments instead, you allow natural light to come in and save you money on your energy costs. If you’re concerned that open window treatments will compromise your privacy, one option to consider is having your windows professionally tinted. Window tinting is made out of a material that makes it possible for you to look outside of your windows while preventing others from looking in.
Increase your ventilation. Do you live in a climate that is particularly warm? If so, it’s understandable why you might be tempted to adjust your thermostat a lot in order to get your rooms to the temperature that you desire. Instead, how about increasing your ventilation? Use your ceiling fans more often. Also, in the evenings, open up your windows. Both of these things can help to reduce the temperature in your home without spending a lot of money to do it.
Unplug what you don’t need. Take a moment and look across the room that you are in. How many things are plugged into an outlet even if they don’t really need to be? If you have a phone charger or electronic device that is plugged in even though you are not actually using it, you are going to cause your electricity bills to increase. At the end of each day, make it a practice to unplug whatever doesn’t need an electrical charge throughout the night.
Let some things happen “naturally”. If you were to consult with an employee at an electricity company like Fraser Electric about some things that you can do in order to lower your electricity bill, one of the suggestions that they might make is to go without the dryer setting on your dishwasher or using your dryer during the summertime. By letting your dishes and clothing (on a line outside) dry naturally, you can also keep a few dollars in your pocket each month.
Purchase Energy Star appliances. Is it time to get a new refrigerator or washer and dryer set? If so, how about purchasing some Energy Star appliances? If you’re not familiar with what they are, they’re appliances that are manufactured in such a way that they will save you as much as 20-40 percent in energy costs each year. For more information on them, visit EnergyStar.gov.