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10 Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bill

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If you find your energy bills rising, you may assume that you're stuck paying higher costs. However, by taking a few simple steps, you can significantly reduce your energy usage. Here are 10 easy tips for saving money on your electric bill.

Tip #1. Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Most of the electricity - up to 90% - used by your washing machine is used to heat the water. If you use the cold water setting, your clothes will still get clean and you will use a lot less energy.

Tip #2. Line Dry Your Clothes

If you have the space, line drying your clothes is a great way to cut back on your electric bill. Dryers use a significant amount of electricity - even a gas dryer uses electricity to rotate the drum - so the savings can really add up from month to month.

Tip #3. Lower the Temperature on Your Water Heater

Whether you have an electric or gas water heater, reducing the temperature of your hot water can greatly reduce your energy usage. Reducing the temperature from 140 degrees - the standard manufacturer default - to 120 degrees can reduce your energy usage from 4% to 22%, according to the US Department of Energy.

Tip #4. Get a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to program different settings for when you're home and when you're away. There's no reason to keep your house at a cool 70 degrees in the middle of July if you're not going to be home to enjoy it.

Modern smart thermostats take this concept even further and allow you to control the temperature of your home remotely. They also feature a number of other advancements in efficiency that work behind the scenes to help lower your energy usage. 

Tip #5. Replace Incandescent Bulbs With LED

LED light bulbs last a lot longer and use a lot less electricity - up to 80% less, according to the Department of Energy - than their incandescent counterparts. They also generate a lot less heat, so they're safer to boot. 

Tip #6. Take Shorter Showers

If you spend less time in the shower, you'll use less hot water. This means your hot water heater won't have to run as often, which will lower your energy bills.

Tip #7. Run the Dishwasher Only When Full

Despite their relative energy efficiency, modern dishwashers still use quite a bit of electricity. You can reduce your dishwasher's energy usage by not running it as frequently; one way to accomplish this is to only turn it on when it's fully loaded. Turning off the heated dry option will also save electricity.

Tip #8. Air Seal Your Home

You can help your home's energy efficiency by sealing up any cracks and replacing drafty windows. If you can't afford new windows, wrapping drafty windows in plastic during the winter months can help keep the cold out. Air sealing your home will result in reduced energy bills year-round.

Tip #9. Turn on Fans in the Summer

When it's hot out, running your ceiling fans can help cool down your house. While it won't replace the air conditioning, it will help keep it from working as hard, which means lower electricity usage.

Tip #10. Turn off Appliances and Lights
If you have a desktop computer running for no reason, shut it down. Turn off your TV if you're not watching it. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. These might seem like little things, but over time they'll add up to savings on your electric bill.

By taking a few simple steps and correcting some bad habits, you can reduce your electric bill each month. Reducing your energy usage is also good for the environment, so by doing your part, you're helping to make the world greener for future generations.

For all of your electrical needs, contact Nicotri Electric, Inc.