Everyone loves the idea of saving money on their electricity bill. But we often look past the objects in our home that are putting a load on its electrical system. Here’s a look at a few appliances and problems that are keeping your energy bill high.
1. Water Heater
The U.S. Department of Energy claims that 12 percent of home energy in the country comes from heating water. Think for a moment about how often it’s used – showers, cleaning dishes, the laundry. Nobody’s asking you to take cold showers, but there are some ways to make your water heater more efficient. Turning down the heater’s thermostat, insulting it and its pipes and regularly pumping out sediment can make the water heater more efficient.
2. Your freezer
You know, that giant old tank you keep your venison or a year’s supply of meat in. Those old freezers also have old compressors that aren’t as efficient as newer models. And older models are typically less insulated, requiring that motor to work even more often. Pick out a newer model with an Energy Star label to help knock a few extra dollars off the electricity bill.
3. Household electronics
Just because you turn off your TV or computer at night before you go to sleep doesn’t mean that it won’t cost you. In fact, many household electronics also use power while they’re in “standby” mode.
4. Your air conditioner
In general, your air conditioner inflicts a lot of pain on your electricity bill. But summers are extremely hot and nobody’s thinking about saving energy. Yet turning down (or up depending on the season) your thermostat by just one degree could save 10% on your energy bill. Other steps, such as using zoning and advanced thermostats can cut down on this huge energy waster.
5. Incandescent light bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs use more energy when turned on than any other type of light bulb. Switching to LEDs or fluorescent light bulbs. CFL light bulbs are four times more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and they last ten years longer. Is there any good reason you haven’t switched over yet?
Pay attention to what’s using electricity in your house
If you really want to save money every month, it pays to pay attention to what is costing you. And in the case of your home, these are just a few examples of things that lead to a higher electricity bill.