Last year, many people experienced a spike in their electricity bills, due to the quarantine. This made a lot of us more conscientious in our electricity usage, and many have started proactively finding ways to save on their bills. Here are some of those ways:
Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Lighting is actually one of the most energy-hogging electronics in the house. You might have noticed a spike in your electricity bill during quarantine last year, and that’s probably due to the lights being on for longer throughout the day. This is why it’s most ideal to use compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED bulbs at home.
Use a desk lamp on your work table or a standing lamp by the couch for reading and other tasks that require good lighting instead of opening all the lights in the room. Also, make sure to turn them off when you are not using them.
Make Sure You Regularly Change Your Air Filters
HVAC systems normally suck up dust and particles that can clog it, forcing it to use more energy to maintain the temperature you set. It is recommended that you change your air filters every two to three months. This is so your HVAC will work more efficiently, as there’s little interference or contaminants that keep it from doing its job. This then results in a much more efficient cooling or heating system.
Don’t Block Your Air Vents
We might find our house (and ourselves) suffering from bad airflow and temperature despite already using air conditioners or heaters. A common reason for this is that the air vents are blocked. When vents are being blocked, it makes it much harder for your furnace to regulate the temperature in your home. This, in effect, uses way more electricity (or gas) than necessary. Instead of putting furniture over your vents, do your best to design around it.
Get New, More Energy Efficient Appliances
Many older appliances have surprisingly high voltage requirements. Cathode-ray tube TVs or CRTs are known to be such power hogs that despite their picture quality and wide use, were immediately replaced by the more energy-efficient liquid crystal display TVs or LCDs. This is true in most devices,
Store Water in a Tank Instead
Instead of constantly running water, a good way to save money is to use a tank to store water for you. You won’t have to rely on your local water meter for your water expenses, instead, you can have a fixed amount as you have a store readily available. This also saves you and your family should a water shortage happen. While the cost of getting a water tank and having it installed can be considerably high, the amount you’ll save will more than make up for it.
Check For Leaks
Leaks can cause your bill to shoot up suddenly- and it can even pose a safety risk. Make sure your pipes are all sealed and secure, without any leaks. Leaking water pipes can cause mold and mildew, which can then cause allergies and other illnesses. The same goes with your gas or propane line.
Especially for this scenario, getting your gas or propane line serviced is important as they’re a potential fire hazard. Get any leaks checked, as it’s not only a waste of money, but it’s a waste of otherwise usable resources.
Read the Manual
Along with “unplugging it when not in use”, reading the manual is a piece of advice that sounds so basic yet is often overlooked. Many appliances and devices come with a user’s manual that would indicate their energy consumption. Knowing how much it should consume will give you a better idea of how often to keep it plugged or in use.
Some modern devices might even tell of a “power-saving” option that you weren’t aware of. Keep the manual, it will help you should that appliance end up being broken, and it will help you have a better understanding of how to use your items.
Get Broken Appliances Fixed
Broken appliances often consume significantly more energy as their power efficiency might be damaged. In the event that you see that your utility bill is increasing, look around you and make sure your appliances aren’t broken. There could be faulty wiring or a broken power supply and it can cause your device to consume far more energy than it should. This is another potential hazard, as it might short the circuitry inside causing a fire.
While this advice might sound meager and simple, they do work- especially when done together. All that’s left now is for you to implement these money-saving tips for your utilities at home.