10 Ways to Save Money on Energy Bills
What… the… heck? It’s almost June and I FINALLY felt confident putting my winter coat in storage for the year. The rest of the winter jackets are still in the coat closet. I’m not kidding. We went from winter jackets to swimsuit season with nothing in the middle. While missing out on spring may seem like no big deal, the unseasonal weather meant that our heater ran longer into the calendar year than normal and now we’re running the air conditioner. It’s a bit nuts and for some, it can be a financial hardship. By implementing some of these tips, you should be able to save money on your electric bill.
Close your doors and windows
Let’s start with the basics. Make sure all the windows and doors are adequately closed. It may sound obvious, but if you have older children, they may have opened their windows for some fresh air (as they hibernate in their rooms while playing on their electronic devices). Along that same line, get your family members in the habit of closing exterior doors. You could install a door sensor to notify you when the doors are left ajar. Screen doors and storm doors can often be a culprit because technically, your child closed the door. Can’t be mad at that, right?
Adjust the thermostat
Everyone has their opinion on what is considered a comfortable temperature for inside the house. Consider raising the bar a notch. In other words, if your family prefers the thermostat set at 68, try setting it at 70. If you work outside the home or are traveling, adjust the temperature accordingly. No reason to cool a home when nobody is there.
Install a programmable thermostat
As the name implies, a programmable thermostat with WiFi capabilities allows you to schedule the temperature for particular times of day. Meeting running late? You can make temperature adjustments on the fly and still have the house at a comfortable level by the time you get home.
Invest in a fan
Sometimes you can get by with the thermostat a smidgen warmer if you have an oscillating fan running. You can find a variety of styles and price ranges of fans and are a nice backup to the air conditioner.
Run appliances at night
Large appliances can utilize a lot of energy. Some energy companies prorate charges based on whether you are drawing power during peak usage times. Regardless if this is your scenario or not, there are other advantages. If you’re running a clothes dryer in the middle of the day, you’re pushing additional heat into living space that you’re trying to keep cool. Your poor air conditioner probably doesn’t like that.
Find low-heat cooking options
In the same way that you don’t want to run the dryer in the middle of the day, cranking the heat up to 400 in the oven is going to make your air conditioner work extra also. Try mixing things up for dinner by making dinner in a Crock Pot, slow cooker, air fryer or InstaPot which will generate much less heat throughout the kitchen. Might I suggest Crock Pot chili or Teriyaki Chicken Wings? Making sushi is easy with the right tools. As another alternative, try grilling out. Try this amazing pulled pork recipe and you may want to cook it all the time.
Invest in energy-saving appliances
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Don’t let lights run up the bill
You have a couple of options when it comes to lights. First, don’t leave lights on that don’t need to be. More important, invest in energy efficient lights. We recently followed household trends in lighting and upgraded most of the lights in our home to either daylight LED bulbs or Philips Hue. Being able to program the lights to turn on and off is pretty awesome, but telling Alexa to turn off your lights is even cooler.
Service your appliances
It’s usually cheaper to maintain your heating and air conditioning units than it is for a service call. Small adjustments in the Freon levels can help your A/C unit run more efficiently. Of course, one of the cheapest ways to keep your units running efficiently is to regularly change your furnace filters!
Not using it? Turn it off.
Whether it’s a computer, small kitchen appliance or some gadget for the kids, if you aren’t using it then consider turning it off or unplugging it. There have been days where I’ve left the TV running even though I’m not watching it. I should turn it off and run a news program in the background on my computer or listen to music on my Echo and it would be more energy efficient. I go through spells where I don’t drink coffee (or may opt for cold brew instead) and the only thing my coffee pot does is tell me the time. It’s the perfect example of what to unplug.
Some of these ideas require a front-end investment that will pay off over a number of years while others are simple common sense. Implement one or all and you should see some relief in your energy bills!
What is your favorite trick or tip for reducing your energy bills?
32 thoughts on “10 Ways to Save Money on Energy Bills”
These are great tips. We have a pretty good situation in our home, but we still keep the thermostat just a little warmer in the summer and a bit cooler in the winter to save on energy.
I am trying to get better at this. Never fails though that June-August in Florida the bill jumps anywhere from $30-$100 each month :/ We just had to put over $700 in repairs to the outside AC unit due to fried wires and the AC went off, house soared to over 85 within an hour or two.
Good reminders! Everyone wants a lower electricity bill.
I DID 9 OUT OF 10 TO SAVE ON MY ELECTRICITY
Good to know,d efinitely a lot of different heating elements in a home.. like floor heating, geothermal.. hydraulic.. convection etc each one has different ways to save
these are some great ideas
I want to switch to Hue led so bad. Is it worth is?
great tips – alwasy looking to save ways on my electric bill
Already do much of that, electric is included but strive to keep usage down and thus my rent. Wish I had a thermostat, heat is also included and the lower unit has the control……and they are lizard people it seems…..roast up here, have a couple windows cracked all winter…. 😮
These are all very good tips. I keep my thermostat on the lower in the winter and higher in the summer (not too much, just about room temperature) to save money on the electric bill.
We do most of those tips. I’m a firm believer of keeping the appliances updated, clean and tuned up! Just like a car. You keep the oil changed and keep the car tuned up, your car will last a long time! So will appliances. I do keep the thermostat programmed so at night it is on a lower temperature. Thank you for sharing this information! I love saving money!
It’s great to get tips on saving money
Great articles.Thanks..We have 6 kids,so we are always on the look out about saving on our electric bill.
If you Close your doors and windows you can save money
Adjusting the thermostat a few degrees lower will save you money
Great tips! Running appliances at night is a good one. I have found a lot of success with simply plugging what we aren’t using. TVs, for instance, will still use electricity even when off.
I run my appliances at night and am constantly on my family about turning off the lights. Great tips!
Invest in a ceiling fan, running a ceiling fan may give you the air movement you need, and you might not need to put on your air conditioner
When you walk out of the room, turn off the light. Keeping lights on in rooms where no one is, runs your electric bill up.
Is it nice outside? Use your grill instead of your stove/oven to save money on your bills
Living the dream in Phoenix AZ, so boy are these tips great!
Love your sensible suggestions!
I fold newspapers and stick them in the gaps of my doors to prevent cold air coming in and hot air escaping…
Nana showed me that years ago
thx for the tips
My husband is always on me about unplugging things and turning things off. I have 4 things I have to turn off before I even go downstairs in the morning.
I want to save
thanks. My husband insulated the garage door which really helped.
These ways to save money on electric bills are very helpful. Thanks for sharing!