Reducing your electricity and water consumption not only saves you money but also leaves an impact on the environment. Here are some things you can do to cut down on your utility bill.
Unplugging appliances not in use.
If you a have a TV that you don’t watch all the time, unplug it so it’s not using electricity when you’re not watching it. Unplug other things like your treadmill or elliptical trainer and plug them back in when you need to use them.
Running appliances during off-peak hours.
Electricity costs the most during on-peak hours and the least during off-peak hours. Running larger appliances such as your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer during off-peak hours can save you money.
Use natural sunlight.
Of course, why would you turn on your lights if you could open your blinds and get a free source of lighting? It’ll also boost your mood and make you feel less cooped up when you’re indoors for a long period of time.
Switch to energy efficient lightbulbs.
If you’re still using incandescent lightbulbs, look into getting fluorescent bulbs. They more expensive, but in the long run you’ll be saving on your electricity bill–they last longer, emit less heat, and provide stronger light.
Use a fan instead of the A/C.
A fan will keep you cool faster than central A/C will, and at the expense of far less electricity. You can also open your windows if it’s not too hot outside.
Don’t turn on the heat until you really need to.
Keep the heat off when the season’s starting to change. Layer up in comfy sweaters and use your own body heat rather than relying on your heater. This way, you’ll only have to turn on the heat for the coldest couple months of the year instead of the entire sweater weather seasons.
Turn off things you’re not using.
Lights, computers, stereos…don’t be lazy–flip the switch!
Turn off the tap.
Keep the tap off when you brush your teeth or shave–you don’t need the water running when you’re not using it.
Keep your fridge full.
It takes less energy to maintain the temperature of a full fridge than an empty fridge.
Opt out of hot or warm options for your appliances.
Run your washing machine on cold water and set your dryer to the lowest heat setting. Skip the heated dry option on your dishwasher.
Hang your clothes dry.
Skip the dryer and use a clothing line or rack to hang your clothes dry. Some clothing materials aren’t meant to be put in the dryer anyway.
Don’t pre-rinse your dishes for the dishwasher.
Your dishwasher is equipped to break down traces of food. So make sure you scrape excess food off your dishes and they’ll be good to go.
Do you have any other tips we left out? Let us know in the comments!