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Saving Money 56 Easy Ways to Slash High Electricity Bills
56 Easy Ways to Slash High Electricity Bills
Turn off lights in any room not being used.
Shut off dishwasher for dry cycle. Let your dishes
Use a window fan instead of air conditioner whenever
Turn off your TV, radio, record player when not in
Use large bulb instead of several small ones where
bright light is needed.
Use lamp shades with white liner. This reflects more
Replace incandescent with fluorescent bulbs wherever
Teach all family members to turn off lights when
leaving a room.
Don't use dishwasher or laundry equipment until you
have a full load.
Use outdoor lights only where they are needed.
Make sure your refrigerator and freezer door seals
Save electricity by using old-fashioned clothesline
for clothes drying.
Keep air conditioning condenser shaded from sun or on
north side of house.
Vacuum or dust off coils of refrigerator and freezer
Turn off air conditioning when no one is home.
"Instant-on" TV sets use energy even when set is not
A full freezer uses less energy. Use bags of ice
cubes to keep filled.
Never overload clothes dryer and always clean lint
filter after use.
Freezers and refrigerators that defrost automatically
use more energy.
Let hot foods cool before placing them in the
Remove clothes that require ironing from the dryer
while they are damp.
When replacing switches, consider installing solid
state dimmer switches.
Use low wattage night-light bulbs that now come in 4
and 7-watt sizes.
Place your refrigerator in the coolest part of the
Don't "over dry" clothing. It wastes energy and may
When going away for extended periods, set
refrigerator at lowest setting.
Turn off electric water heater when going away for
vacations or weekends.
Turn 3-way lamps down to lowest level for TV
Choose light, reflective colors for room ceilings and
Never connect any large appliance to an extension
Decide exactly what you want before you open the
Defrost refrigerator regularly - when about 1/4 inch
of ice has formed.
"Long-life" light bulbs use more energy than standard
Turn off your iron when not using it.
Put light switches where they are easy to turn on and
Keep appliances clean and in good working order.
They'll use less energy.
When using air conditioning, set thermostat at 78
degrees or higher.
Keep bulbs and lighting fixtures clean. Dust lowers
Eliminate unnecessary outdoor decorative lighting.
Plant shrubs and trees so that they will shade house
during summer months.
Use higher wattage bulbs only for reading and close
Insulating your attic will save on operating air
conditioning (also heating).
If you have a second refrigerator, ask yourself if
you really need it.
Keep the outside exhaust of your clothes dryer clean.
Buy appliances on the basis of cost plus operating
costs, not price alone.
Buy clothing made of fabrics that require little or
Use hand tools in your workshop instead of power
When using air conditioning, keep windows closed &
close off unused rooms.
Use reflector floodlights in directional lamps
instead of standard bulbs.
Buy only "no iron" sheets and pillow cases to save on
Use adapters to convert table lamps into low-energy
Microwave ovens reduce cooking time by 15% to 20% and
When shopping for new appliances, ask about
Don't use several light bulbs where one will do the
Limit the use of appliances that use over 1,000
Check all energy bills closely. Errors can be
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