The cost of energy has always been a topical and relevant subject. The average electricity bill is estimated to be $1,600. That amount has risen steadily over the years. Of course, current global events are pushing prices up further, as is the limited availability of fossil fuels and the push toward modern, environmentally friendly energy.
In short, you need to review your energy usage and cut back where possible. If you don’t stop wasting energy at home your bills are simply going to keep rising.
1. Get Your Electrics Checked
The first step should be to call a level 2 electrician. They will inspect your current electrical system and advise you of where you are wasting money. For example, an old water heater may cost considerably more to run than a new one. While purchasing a new one does cost, the benefits can often be worth it.
An electrician will also check for electrical leakage. This is when appliances are directing power straight to the ground, continually pulling a small amount of electricity from the grid and costing you extra money. An electrician won’t just locate the issue, they can fix it.
2. Turn Off Lights
This is the most common way to waste energy at home and one of the easiest things to do. If you’re not in a room, turn the light off. Each bulb may only use a small amount of electricity. But this adds up to a surprising amount over the course of a year.
3. Your Thermostat Is Too High
It’s nice to have a warm home to relax in, especially after a hard day at work. But have you ever considered turning your thermostat down by a degree or two? It will make a significant saving on your energy bill, and you are likely to feel just as warm.
If you want to save more money then lower your thermostat further and wear a jumper.
4. Running Appliances On Half Load
This isn’t as much of an issue if they are designed to run on a half load and you use that function. But, if you consistently run the appliance on a full cycle but only half-loaded you are wasting energy. It’s better to run a dishwasher and washing machine fully loaded, this reduces the number of times you use them and improves their efficiency.
5. Leaving Things on Standby
If you leave your phone plugged in after it has finished charging it will still draw power from the grid. The same is true of any electrical appliance. If it’s plugged in it is drawing energy. You need to get into the habit of unplugging items to save yourself energy and money.
6. Leaving the Refrigerator Door Open
Your refrigerator works hard to keep food chilled. But, when you leave the door open you are allowing all the cool air to escape, as well as bugs to get in. The unit then has to work harder to keep your items chilled, and uses more energy in the process.
Remember, a few simple changes can make a huge difference to your energy usage.