Believe it or not, most of us here at SimpleBills have been right where you might find yourself right now, wondering, “what in the world was I doing that used so much electricity?” No one likes receiving a utility bill that’s higher than expected. It’s expensive, and usually catches you a bit off guard.
As a company founded on the idea of trying to making lives easier for students, we want to help you save money anywhere you can, especially on your bills! Here are a few ideas on how to do just that. Keep in mind that every house/apartment is different, and so are the habits of the people that live there.
On to the tips!
- Use your ceiling fan to your advantage. Your ceiling fan actually has two settings: one to circulate air and keep you cooler, and the other to displace warm air that settles near the ceiling and keep you warmer. Keeping your air conditioning unit closer to the outside temperature and compensating with your ceiling fan can help save you money on your electric bill throughout the year.
- Change your A/C unit’s air filters about once a month to keep it running as efficiently as possible. (Your property might do this for you, check your lease!)
- Make sure doors and windows are sealed tightly around all edges to prevent warm/cold air from leaking into your home. If your doors or windows are leaking air, additional weather stripping can sometimes help seal them up. You can even use a towel or blanket to block air infiltration. Sealing air leaks can save as much as 15-30% on energy bills.
- Throughout the year keep your thermostat as close to the outside temperature as possible. Each degree that you can stand to raise or lower your thermostat will result in noticeable savings.
- Wash clothes in cold water rather than hot water.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. There is a small upfront cost here, but this bulb will pay for themselves in savings over about a few months time.
- Limit your heating and air conditioning while you’re away. Get in the habit of adjusting your thermostat closer to the outside temperature, or just turning it off while you’re not at your house or apartment so that your unit isn’t needlessly running. Just keep in mind that you need to keep your heat running at all times during the winter to avoid frozen pipes!
- Reduce the temperature on your water heater, or add an insulation blanket to your water heater.
- Set the fan on your thermostat to “auto”. Keeping your fan constantly in the “on” position means your fan is running even when it’s not needed. Set your fan to “auto” and your A/C unit will switch it on only when needed.
- Be mindful of the sun. In the summer use blinds or drapes to eliminate hotspots in your home. Eliminating these will keep your A/C unit from having to work harder. In the winter keep the blinds or drapes open when possible to allow sunlight in and assist your heater with warming your home.
Still want more? Follow these links to some helpful articles:
- Lower My Bill Toolkit
- 10 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill
- How To Save Electricity
- 9 Ways to Save on Your Utility Bill
- Fall and Winter Energy Saving Tips