How to Save Money on Electric Bills

Do you want to know how to save money on electric bills? Read below to find out 10 tips to help you save money.

How To Lower Your Electric Bills

Saving money can be difficult so you want to cut costs wherever possible to increase your savings. Lowering your electric bill can save a few dollars each month which adds up to extra money in your pocket. But how can we cut our electric bill without making major sacrifices or investing extra money to see some savings? Check out these 10 ways on how to lower your electric bills. They are simple things that everyone can do to save more money each month.

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Heat, Air Conditioning or a combination of both will usually take up the majority of the cost of your electric bill. So, making some simple changes in this area can ensure that you are getting the most for your money and not spending extra money for nothing. You can also print out the free checklist to help you lower your electric bill.

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 How to Save Money on Electric Bills:

1. If you are wearing a sweater in your house in August because it is freezing in there, turn the thermostat up a few degrees and take off that sweater. On that note, if it is Winter and it is extremely warm in your home and you are walking around in light clothing, turn the thermostat down and put on some clothes. Makes sense, right? It will help you save money.

2. During warmer months, use appliances like the clothes dryer, dishwasher and oven in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside. Your AC will not have to work as hard to keep your home cool than if you used them when outside temperatures are at their highest.

3. Using fans in your home will help the air to circulate properly which puts less pressure on your AC or heat. If you have a ceiling fan it should have a switch to change the direction of the fan’s rotation. If it is hot in the room, you want to push the hot air up and out of the room, so the fan should rotate in a counter-clockwise direction. If it is cold in the room you want to trap the heat in the room, so the fan should rotate clockwise. Proper air circulation means savings.

How To Lower Your Electric Bills

4. Use blackout curtains. They are pretty inexpensive and help to keep the heat out in the warmer months and during the colder months, saving you money all year round. Small changes can really add up over time.

Certain appliances and electronics can use a lot of energy which will end up costing a lot of money. Here are a few things that can help you save a few bucks.

5. Video game consoles, desktop computers and plasma TVs are some of the worst energy using offenders in most homes. Turning them off every time you leave the house or are not using them can be a pain but if you plug them into one power strip you can just flip one switch to turn them all off. At first it may be a chore to remember, but once you see the savings it will be worth it. I am guilty of leaving my computer on all the time because I hate waiting for it to re-boot when I need to use it. This is definitely a tip I need to work on!

6. When you wash your clothes in hot water, the machine uses a lot of energy to heat the water. Wash on a cold cycle whenever possible for extra savings.

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7. Do not constantly open your oven door to check on the cooking process. If your oven door does not have a window, try to wait until closer to the end of cooking time to check on the food. Each time you open the door, while cooking, the temperature can drop up to 75 degrees and your oven needs to work extra hard each time to get the temperature back to normal. Each time the temperature drops, it costs you more money.

8. Use night lights in the bathroom, kitchen and kid’s rooms to ease their fears and light the way without the need to turn on all the lights. This uses less energy than turning the lights on when using the bathroom or getting a drink of water in the middle of the night.

9. Make sure the lint trap in your clothes dryer is clean before each use and do not overfill the dryer. A clean lint trap and proper size load allows air to flow and dry your clothes faster and more efficiently.

How To Lower Your Electric Bills

10. At the risk of sounding like my parents, one of the easiest things you can do to lower your electric bill is to turn the light off every single time you leave a room. I cannot count how many times I have walked around the house turning off lights that were left on in empty rooms. Make it a habit for everyone in the house to turn off the lights every time and you will see the savings add up. This is something I am trying to teach my kids to do. They like to have every light on in our house!

You can also:

  • Hang dry your clothes
  • Keep your vents clean & open
  • Buy energy star appliance
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs

There are a bunch of different ways that you can lower your electric bill each moth. I put together a quick checklist so that you can mark off the items you are currently doing.

Electric bill worksheet

 It seems like every time you turn around, prices are going up. Bills are increasing and the cost of living is higher and higher. We need to find ways to cut costs and build our savings. These 10 ways on how to lower your electric bills are simple things that anyone can implement into their day to day lives to save some extra money each month.

How To Lower Your Electric Bills

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  1. I didn’t think about the dishwasher and washing machine being used during the day. Good suggestion. I also need to find a way to convince my husband to completely turn off his computer. It’s annoying and it costs us money!

  2. Did you know you can set up your PC to automatically shut off at night when no one is using it? Of course the way you do this varies depending on the computer and operating system, but here’s an example of how you can do this

  3. One of the things I like doing that keeps me from cranking the heat is to KEEP MOVING!

    I know, we need to relax sometimes and we can’t always be doing something but I find that if I stay active in the colder months, I’m not nearly as cold all the time.

    Winter can be depressing, but forcing ourselves to stay active actually helps fight the depression as well. It’s a win-win for me!

    Thanks for all of the tips too. My town raised its rates by 46% last year, so these things are more pertinent now than ever.
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  4. Here’s a couple tips you may not have heard before…
    Throw in the towel-
    A load of clothes will dry much faster if you throw a clean dry towel in with them.
    Pull the plug-
    The power cords, such as cellular phone chargers, that are plugged into a wall socket will continue to draw electricity even when the phone (or whichever electric appliance) is not connected. As mentioned above; use a power strip. A power strip will help this and now most come with a surge protector to protect (hence the name) your household items.

  5. I just read your article on How To Save Money On Your Electric Bills. Refering to #5 of your article there is a product that helped us stop the problem of leaking electricity. As you know appliances that have a timer, clock, light, remote, charger, adapter, leak electricity even when in the sleep mode. The problem in our house was getting under a table,desk or behind a piece of furniture to unplug or turn off a power strip everyday. We installed the [Extend A Switch] [which puts the switch at your finger tips] on our TVs, computer, copier,etc. In our home office the power strip had five appliances that leaked electricity that was plugged into one power strip. The product can be viewed @

  6. Also we have changed most of our lights to LED. These not only last longer but don’t use as much electricity… They may cost a little more to buy but are worth it in the long run.

  7. I agree that you should use appliances when it’s cooler outside. I think if you live in a cooler climate, you don’t have to worry about this. Hotter climates, though, can definitely cause your appliances to work harder.

  8. That’s a good tip to keep your home a more moderate temperature instead of being very cold in the summer. I heard that each additionally degree warmer can save 3-4% of your energy bill. My mom used to not use the AC at all during the summer when I was a kid; I guess I see why.

  9. I always heard my father say: son turn off the light turn off the shower bath faster. Good when talking about saving is very important to start with small attitudes. The tips here are very valid, we need to raise awareness.

  10. One method I learned from visiting oversea’s is to change your thermostat to Celsius..this surprisingly is more accurate than F and makes the house comfortable without needing to adjust much. Thanks for writing!

  11. All of the suggestions come at a cost, but ultimately in the long run and several years later, they will end up paying for themselves. But getting a bike would be the best investment and something which you can save a noticeable amount of income on straight away, plus it will keep you fit. If you’re doing a few miles to get and from work or in general, it will save you a lot of money almost instantly.

  12. Thanks for your bright ideas on saving a penny for power bills. I also suggest that renewable energy sources like solar panel may be used to reduce reliance on traditional energy.

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