Do you tremble as you open your power bill each month? If so, it may be time to fight back at high costs. What’s great is that you don’t have to fight that hard. There are many straightforward ways to lower your household’s energy consumption. Check out the hacks below and consider implanting one or two of them so that you can reap the rewards.
- Invest In Energy Efficient Appliances
The major appliances in your home, such as your fridge, washing machine, and dishwasher are heavy power users. That’s why you should try and get the most efficient models possible. For example, if your dishwasher is only rated two stars, then you should scrutinize a dishwasher guide to find a better model.
- Make The Switch To LEDs
Don’t forget about those little devices that emit light. Traditional bulbs are major electricity vampires. They use multiple times the energy of LEDs. Just try holding your hand near one to feel what we mean. They get darn hot, which is a total waste of energy. By making the switch, you can save up to 90% on lighting costs.
- Turn Off The Hot Water When You Take A Vacation
If you’re going away for a week or two, then there is no point leaving your hot water tank on. Simply switch it off before leaving. Just remember to switch it on as soon as you return (perhaps leave yourself a note on your fridge). You will then need to wait a few hours before you can take a hot shower.
- Cut Back On Oven Use
Ovens use a massive amount of power and are perhaps the most inefficient way to cook. That’s why you should stick to frying as much as possible. You may also like to switch to slow cooking or pressure cooking (they are much more energy efficient). If your favorite meals involve roasting then how about purchasing a convection oven. Doing so can help you save significant cash on cooking over the long run.
- Initiate A Cold Shower Rule For Summer
If it’s boiling hot outside then there is probably little need to have a hot shower. You could consider putting in place a cold shower rule for the summer months. You may initially experience some resistance from others in your household, however, after a brief settling-in period they may come to prefer cool showers.
- Do The Same Thing With Your Clothes
Your washing machine drains enough power as it is. You will be paying even more if you insist on warm washes. You should find that cold water washes clean your clothes just as well and also reduce the chances of shrinkage.
Don’t forget about cycle length. One hour cycles are probably overkill: 30-40 minutes are generally plenty of time.
If you’re serious about saving money, then your power bill is a good place to start. It’s not difficult to dramatically reduce costs. By following these hacks, you will be able to stop wasting hard-earned cash and reach your saving goals faster.