Top 6 free ways to lower my electric bill
We’re heading into the cold of winter and that often means a higher spending on electricity. Here the top 6 things I did to lower my electric bill. You can do each of these starting today without spending any money.
1. Adjust your thermostat
Heating and cooling often requires the most electricity on your bill. Turn down your thermostat a few degrees and put on a sweatshirt to reduce your monthly usage by 10%. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat I highly recommend a Nest Thermostat. I installed a Nest Thermostat in our home last year and the results show on our bill as we compare costs to the previous year. I did say these were free ways to lower your electric bill. A Nest isn’t a requirement. Be sure to turn down your thermostat when you leave home for an extended period of time. Prior to buying our Nest, we manually adjusted the temperature everyday before leaving home for work.
2. Wash clothes in cold or warm water
Hot water is another major impact on your electric bill. Set your washer to use cold or warm water if necessary. Avoid using hot water. Cold water will reduce your per-load energy usage by 50%, an easy win for your wallet.
3. Take advantage of off-peak hours
Many electric companies offer lower rates during off-peak hours. Here my electric company’s on-peak and off-peak hours per season.
Take advantage of off-peak hours for doing laundry, running the dishwasher, and taking showers.
4. Adjust the temperature on your water heater
Most hot water heaters are set to 140 degrees. As I mentioned in step two, hot water consumes a large amount of energy. Lower your water heater to 120 degrees can reduce your water heating cost by up to 10% depending on your equipment. Take it a step further and turn down the temperature even further if you’re leaving town for a few days.
5. Adjust the temperature on your fridge and freezer
I recommend you set your refrigerator to 38 degrees and your freezer to 5 degrees. Often the initial temperatures are colder when you first power on your appliances. Your fridge and freezer will not work as hard to maintain 38 and 5 degrees and they will still keep your food fresh
6. Take a shorter shower
This one is self explanatory after steps 2 and 4 explained why hot water costs you more. The shorter your shower the less energy and water you use.