15 Tips for Reducing Your Power Costs

Power costs are rising and as they continue to increase, we need to step up in reducing our power costs. With higher energy prices, this means that a higher consumption equates to a higher bill. Unfortunately, this also means that there could be problems in paying the bills.  Luckily, you can use tips and tricks to lower your costs. Here are the basic tips you will need for the most commonly used appliances.

For Heaters

Tip #1 – Choose the right one for your room.

Your room’s size says a lot about the heater you choose. The size determines how fast and how much of the room will heat up.

Tip #2 – Use the thermostat option.

The thermostat option monitors the comfort setting and saves electricity.

Tip #3 – Use the 24-hour option.

Because it has a timer, this option keeps your heater from running when you don’t need it.

For Lights

Tip #4 – Use lamps instead of higher wattage light.

If you only need light in certain areas, consider using lamps instead as they save more energy than high-wattage lights.

Tip #5 – Switch to LEDs.

Aside from the fact they last longer, LED lights save 87% of electric consumption.

Tip #6 – Turn lights off when not in use.

If possible, use natural light when there is no need for electrical lights. This may mean opening the windows or other sources of natural light.

For Refrigerators

Tip #7 – Make sure it is in a good location.

There must be a 2-inch gap between the refrigerator and the wall behind to ensure proper air circulation.  This also prevents the fridge from overworking and using more energy.

Tip #8 – Avoid opening when not needed.

The more you open your refrigerator, the higher the energy consumption as it cools down the air again. Opening the door equates to 7% of the refrigerator’s overall energy use!

For Washing Machines

Tip #9 – Consider switching to inverter technology

Compared to conventional washing machines, inverter types can save up to 50% in costs.

Tip #10 – Maximize the use.

Consider washing everything all at once instead of washing in small batches. This means you will use the washing machine less than you normally would.

Tip #11 – Be mindful of the settings used.

Remember that soft or delicate clothes don’t take as much time as other clothes so you should adjust the times in washing machines.

For Dryers

Tip #12 – Operate on small loads.

If it isn’t necessary to use a dryer, then don’t. It is better to use small loads as they are economical and you can hang the items out to dry under the sun or in your bathroom.

Tip #13 – Check your dryer’s condition.

If your dryer seems to blow cold air while there is high electricity consumption, then you need to get it checked by a trusted electrician.

For Desktop Computers

Tip #14 – Lower the brightness.

Lower the brightness of your computer down to 50%. This saves up to 20% of the power it uses.

Tip #15 – Ditch the screensavers.

Instead, put your computer to sleep mode or completely shut it down to save even more power costs.

Bottom Line

You can’t do anything about the fact that power costs are rising, but you can make small changes in your home to reduce your electricity bill. For a more in-depth analysis of your own electricity usage, speak to an experienced electrician about which of these tips will have the greatest impact on your annual costs.