This is the time of year, when we all start to see that pesky rise in our monthly power bill. There are little things that most people remember to do, like turning the air temp up before leaving the house for the day. But what if I told you that there are five simple hacks you can follow to cut your power bill this year.
Bankrate.com recently shared, “Five Ways to Slice Summer Power Bills.” That list includes:
“Off Means Unplugged” – Many appliances are still sucking power from outlets even when we’ve turned them off. The trick is actually unplugging those appliances that still display a clock or small light when turned off. Be aware that plugged in charges also continue to use power.
Utilize a Programmable Thermostat – When used properly, a programmable thermostat can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling bills. If you already have one in your home, make sure you’re getting the most out of it. Considering purchasing a more energy efficient thermostat? See this list of recommended thermostats from Consumer Reports.
Become a Laundry Expert – Get the most out of each run by making sure you’re only running full loads. In a rush, it can be easy to just throw the dirty clothes in and go. But, make sure you’re also switching the water temp over to cold. These two tips combined will help save big time, throughout the year.
Cool Down Without Breaking The Bank – It’s always tempting to come home after any amount of time in the scorching heat and crank the air all the way down. But this move could undo all your hard work to save money. Instead, try a quick, cold shower, drink a big glass of ice water, or use a cold compress. All three will cool you down potentially quicker than the AC, and are also energy efficient.
More Face time, Less Facebook – The slower Summer pace offers plenty of opportunities to unplug from devices that steal our time and use tons of power. Let yourself unplug from computers, TVs, and other electronics and enjoy some time engaging in your hobbies or time with friends and family.
It really can be easy to keep that power bill down this Summer. To read the full post from Bankrate.com, click here. Some energy saving switches can also qualify you for some tax credit. To learn more about that visit EnergyStar.com.