Bringing Down the Electric Bill

If you asked anyone who has lived with me in the past, or anyone who comes over to visit me from time to time, you'll find that I am a stickler when it comes to turning off lights. Given the nature of my current job (driving around Maine) and my past jobs, I am not home overly often, and it gives me the ability to save on my electric bill. I make it a point to try and keep my electric bill at the same price, or lower than the previous month. I have gone from having a monthly bill of about $20 a month to $12 (the lowest I've ever managed to get it) a month. Now, that being said, it helps that I live alone and am able to keep all my lights off when I am out and about, but I find that many people waste more energy then they have to. There are a lot of simple things you can do to ensure you'll be saving money at the end of each month. Here are a few tips.

Switch your lightbulbs

It may seem like a small thing to do, but switching out your own lightbulbs with energy saving fluorescent lightbulbs can help you save big bucks at the end of the year. Not only are they energy efficient, but they have a much longer lifespan than the traditional incandescent bulb. You'll be able to save money not only on purchasing bulbs, but also your electric bill. Fluorescent bulbs are typically a bit more expensive to purchase, but in the end, they end up paying themselves off by saving on energy costs.

Hang your clothes out to dry

It may seem like something trivial, but not using a dryer if at all possible can help cut back on energy costs. Washers and dryers take up a lot of energy, especially if you own older models. Washing your clothes in hot water also increases energy costs. If at all possible, clean you clothes in cold water, and then save more energy by hanging your clothes out to dry. If you don't own a washer or dryer, you can still air dry you clothes and save a few dollars by not using a laundromat.

Unplug your appliances

Turning off appliances does not necessarily mean that they are not consuming energy. Most of the time, electricity is still being pumped into whatever is plugged in, whether its your computer, television, Kitchenaid blender or microwave. It may seem like a tedious thing to do, but when you are done using an appliance, turn it off and unplug it. Do this especially if you are going on vacation as it will save you money while you are gone.

These are just a few ideas to help cut down costs. It's definitely helpful to put all of these tips into practice. The more energy saving tips you use, the bigger the savings. I'm proud to say that out of most of my friends, I have one of the cheapest monthly electric bills. I normally spend around $14 a month for my electric needs, and while yours may not be as cheap when all is said and done(I live in an apartment, maybe you live in a house), It will definitely keep your costs down month by month. Here is a great article on other energy wasters in your house that can add to your monthly bills. Just remember, if you make small steps towards saving money, it could make a big impact on your wallet at the end of the year.

What are your energy saving tips?

Seth P.