Ten Ways to Save On Your Electricity Bills

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Do you want to save on your electricity bills and have more money for other expenses? Here are surefire ways that will make your electricity bills plummet down:

1) Go CFL.

Replace your incandescent bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lamps. With the same lumen output, CFLs consume more than 60% less power than incandescent lamps and last ten times longer. This will translate into considerable savings.

2) Maintain your lamps and air conditioning units.

Lamp lumen (measurement used to describe light output on an area) depreciate with time and with room conditions. Cleaning lamps and fixtures prevents premature depreciation of lamp output.

Air conditioning filters need to be checked regularly. With dust and dirt accumulation, the motors work harder and consume more energy than usual to move the same amount of air.

3) If you have a choice, buy the appliance or equipment with lower power consumption.

Often, when we go to the store to purchase some appliances or device, we focus on functionality and aesthetics and leave out one very important thing, how much power the appliance or device will consume and how much electricity payments they will soon require. Energy-efficient lamps, air conditioning units, heaters, refrigerators, and other appliances are very popular for homes that want to conserve energy.

4) Use your electric iron wisely.

The typical electric iron consumes 700W-1000W of energy, equivalent to around 17 40-W lamps. Hand washing clothes, massaging them when wet and air drying them after will make the clothes look ironed when dry. Ironing clothes in one setting, like once a week, also helps conserve energy. It is also a wise to turn off the flat iron if you only have a couple of pieces more to iron. The remaining heat is sufficient to finish the job.

5) Unplug your utilization equipment or devices when not in use.

Make it a habit to unplug utilization equipment or devices that are not in use because some electricity consuming units still consume small amounts of electricity even after they have been turned off. You also get a bonus of safety by doing so.

6) Turn off the TV when you’re not ready to watch it.

Some people like turning on their television sets when they want to have something to listen to. If you don’t intend to watch TV and just want to listen to music or audio entertainment, turn on the music player instead, it consumes less energy.

7) Set electric heaters to the minimum comfortable level.

Electric heaters consume a lot of electricity. During the cold season, setting the thermostat at high levels means more electricity consumption. By wearing layered clothing, thermostat setting may be set at lower levels and that, in the long run, offers substantial savings on electricity. Also, if you leave a room for a few hours, do not turn off your heater completely. Your heater will work harder when you turn it back on and will consume even more electricity turning back on.

8) Replace an old fridge with an energy efficient refrigerator.

This is a good idea if you really want to conserve energy. Turning off the fridge at night to save a dime is going to do more harm than good in the long run.

9) Maximize daylight.

Lighting needs depend on what tasks you need to do in a room or area. By letting natural light or sunlight into a room, we can keep the lamps off at times when sunlight is available.

10) Replace your old meter.

Old meters can be inaccurate and often, this will not work for you but against you. Once you feel that your meter is no longer your partner, ask the utility to check it and replace it immediately.

For additional savings, you may also want to read "How To Choose The Right Lamps For Your Homes"


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I'm a registered electrical engineer by profession, teaching at a university. I have varied interests and I write to express and help others.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent points about the meter, I had not thought of that.

Turning off lights when we leave the room is so simple and often forgotten.

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author avatar mandy
18th Jan 2011 (#)

Turning off the lights is also one thing. The little things we neglect often mean more than what they appear to be.

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author avatar bronnamdi
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Replacing the bulbs with fluorescent lamps is it for me. However, I have been unfortunate to buy fake ones that did not last for even a month. I am careful now but I will eventually buy them again.
Thanks for the information contained in your article.

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author avatar mandy
1st Mar 2011 (#)

You're welcome...Using the fluorescent lamp is already a good start. We just need to make sure that the standards for the lamp quality are there. We must check the product labels carefully. It is always a wise move to buy only from trusted manufacturers until a cheaper alternative competes with the quality, too.

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author avatar Gleianford
17th Oct 2012 (#)

if you a computer shut down properly....

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