While there’s no need to panic, your energy habits do affect your monthly bill. While nobody’s habits are exactly the same, let’s look at the most common ways you can start saving energy. Individually, these examples don’t offer huge savings, BUT the combination of all of them can really help you save money.
1) Use Energy-Efficient Light bulbs
2) Replace the Air Filter Every Three Months
3) Turn Off the Ceiling Fan and Lights when You Leave the House
4) Wash Clothes in Large Loads
Here are a few other tips regarding kitchen appliances…
- Use the microwave to heat liquids rather than the stove. It’s faster and uses less electricity.
- A 350°F oven is even more expensive to run when your air conditioner is running. Bake at night when it’s cooler outside. Then you can open some windows and use a fan to blow out the heat until you’re finished.
- Dishwashers mainly use electricity to heat water and for drying. By running your dishwasher only at night, it reduces your AC’s heat load. Plus, you can also reduce the energy use by turning off the heated dry and leaving the door propped open right after it’s done washing. The hot dishes will quickly air dry.