Reducing your electric bill in five doable steps
Small steps can add big savings to your electric bill in the long run. With the increasing prices of goods and a higher cost of living, it is even more important to save electricity. One way to do this is to practice energy-saving measures at home, if you haven’t yet.
- Be smart with your lighting.
We already hear this a lot but we still need a reminder from time to time: LED lights go a long way and will save you the cost of frequently changing fluorescent or halogen bulbs. Even if you already use LED lights at home, remember to turn them off when not in use.
Another smart solution is task lighting, which means you use only the lights you need for specific tasks at home. For instance, you can turn off lights on the ceiling and switch to low-voltage table lamps wherever you do your hobbies or stay for long periods of time.
You can opt for under-counter lights in the kitchen or track lights to illuminate hallways and common spaces. Not only will it be energy efficient, it is also a great opportunity for you to get creative and customize your style.
- Invest in solar energy.
Now is the time to invest in solar panels, while there is sufficient need for it but not dire enough for them to go out of stock or become too expensive. Apart from being a life-saving energy source during black outs or unforeseen emergencies, this innovative invention has already been proven to reduce utility bills.
Solar energy is potent, which means you can also make the most out of natural sunlight during daytime. Start opening your curtains instead of switching the lights on.
- Mind your water consumption.
Fix that leaky faucet you’ve been delaying repair, and check if you have any other leaky parts in your plumbing. Take shorter showers. Turn off your water tank or water heater when you simply need to brush your teeth, wash your hands, or shave.
Unnecessarily high water consumption means higher energy cost from household distribution. When you save water, you save electricity and even do your fair share of caring for the environment.
- Switch to energy-efficient appliances.
Look for appliances with an Energy Label or use solar-powered devices as much as you can. An Energy Label means the product is recommended by the government for tried and tested energy efficiency.