Whether you believe in global warming or not, you’re probably responsible for at least one or two utility bills. That being the case, it’s logical to think you would probably enjoy saving money on those bills if you’re like any normal person. Today, we’re going to review some money-saving tips to help you save some of that cash.
I. Reduce Phantom Loads
This begs the question: what IS a phantom load? Well, a phantom load is the energy an electronic device or appliance uses when it is in the OFF position. That’s right – devices actually consume energy when they are turned off! The United States Department of Energy estimates that in the average home, about 75% of all electricity used to power electronics is used while the devices are in the off position. That’s a lot more than one would think.
So, to make things easier on yourself and your electric bill, unplug electronic devices and appliances when they are not in use. Alternatively, plug groups of them into power strips and turn the power strip off when not using the devices. This second option is a great one because it also protects your electronics from power surges.
II. Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
This is one of the most inexpensive ways a person can save money on electricity. Energy star claims that just one of its certified fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) will save the user about $30 during its lifetime, and pay for itself in about half a year. That’s pretty darn good considering the bulbs only cost a few bucks each!
III. Install a Programmable Thermostat
While this may not be as cheap an option as the light bulbs, it is still relatively low in cost and can save the average homeowner a bunch of cash. The main benefit most users see is that they can set their thermostat to maintain different temperatures at different times of the day, and run varying schedules for weekdays vs. weekends. This saves energy because it allows people to let the house cool down a little while they’re at work or asleep, but it can automatically kick back up to the desired temperature a few minutes before they get off of work, so the house is nice and cozy by the time they get home, as opposed to wasting that energy all day long.
You can see there are plenty of more ways to save money on your utility bills, and it’s likely we’ll continue to post energy saving tips for you as time goes on. Stay tuned!