How To Save Money On Your Electricity Bill

{ This is Part Two of my  ‘How To Save Money…’ series. Look out for Part Three soon, which will be  ‘How To Save Money On Grocery Shopping’ and, if there’s something else you’d like to see covered, please let me know in the comments. }

Unless you’re a very lucky duck indeed (or a total sponger) you’ll have an electricity bill. (The perils of growing up and being all responsible an’ shit, eh?) It’s a sad fact that most people don’t really understand how electricity works or how bills are calculated, myself included, so I wanted to share what little I do know, and I hope that you’ll use the comments to share what you know and, together, we’ll all walk away a little wiser.

The first thing I know about electricity (apart from the fact that it costs money, like) is that it pollutes. Energy is generated in big power plants, and those are some of the major contributors to air pollution and the growing hole in our ozone layer. But before you go pointing the finger, remember that the reason they exist is because we demand electricity and maximum convenience in our lives. So we’re not only saving money here, we’re saving the planet too. (Has a website ever won a Nobel prize?)

The second thing I know is that the biggest guzzlers of electricity are the things that produce heat. So our dryers, central heating, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. are the biggest culprits when it comes to stealing kilowatts. That’s where we’re going to focus our attentions today.

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So here are my top 5 tips for saving money on your electricity bill:

  1. WASH YOUR CLOTHES AT A LOWER TEMPERATURE

30 degrees Celsius is usually sufficient, unless your clothes are particularly stained or soiled. I’ve been washing my clothes at 30 for a few years and haven’t had a problem. Try it and see for yourself. And don’t always assume that your clothes need a full cycle — if you’ve just got a load of t-shirts or light tops, try popping them in on a half cycle. Most often, these things just need a bit of freshening up more than anything.

  1. CUT BACK ON DRYER USAGE

Dryers produce an incredible amount of heat and, as such, will drink electricity like they’re dehydrating in a desert. Most dryers will come with different settings for the amount of heat being cranked out, so try reduce the temperature. Also give consideration to not using it for every wash load. If clothes are only slightly damp, just pop them straight in the airing cupboard. For everything else, hang it up somewhere (outside if you can) and let it air dry. You’ll save a lot of money, and your clothes will smell fresher.

  1. SWITCH OFF

Electronics left on standby still use electricity. TVs and laptops are perhaps the most common offenders here, as well as microwaves, games consoles, etc. But phone chargers left plugged in will also use a small amount of electricity, even when they’re not actually charging something (and are also a fire hazard). Switch everything off when not in use, including lights, and, preferably, plug them out. Each item on its own probably won’t save you a packet but loads of these little things add up to big savings over time. And frankly, switching things off requires much less effort than a lot of energy-saving methods, so hop to it!

How to save money on your electricity bill. Reduce pollution. Energy efficiency. Energy efficient lightbulbs.

  1. TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT

I’m sure you’ve seen ads that tell you that turning your thermostat down even 1 degree can save you up to 10% on your heating bill. And it’s true. However, you may be one of those people who, like my husband, thinks it’s a basic human right to be able to wear a short-sleeved t-shirt indoors in the middle of winter. If so, you’d be wrong. Quit being a whinger and just go stick on a jumper. If you’re watching TV, snuggle under a blanket.

I’m not for a second suggesting you live in frigid temperatures (I hate being cold), but if you’re cranking up the heat before even considering pulling on a cosy sweater, I hope the polar ice caps flood your house first.

  1. GET ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES

Figure out how many kilowatts your current appliances are using. (A quick Google search or a look at the user manual should give you a good idea.) Now look at your electricity bill to find out how much you pay your service provider per kilowatt. Multiply cost by kilowatts and you’ll have  an estimate for how much that appliance is costing you each time you use it. Now work out how much a new appliance would cost to run. Sometimes, the savings make it worth buying a brand new appliance.

But, assuming you don’t want to rush out and replace every appliance you own, just keep it in mind when it comes time to replace an appliance. Look for one with a high energy efficiency rating. Again, it may cost you slightly more upfront, but your electricity bill will be where you’ll make that back, and then some.

And there you have it — 5 small ways to make BIG savings on your electricity bill. And hey, you’ll be saving the ozone layer too. Giving Captain Planet a run for his money? Go you!

Captain Planet. How to save money on your electricity bill. Reduce pollution.

Michael Bluejay (AKA Mr. Electricity) has a very informative site about all things electricity, so pop over there if you’d like to learn more.

What are some of your top tips for saving money on your electricity bill? Leave them in the comments below.

Savings for us, sainthood for you. 😉

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7 Comments

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  2. I always heard my father say: turn off the light turn off the shower bath faster. Good when talking about saving is very important to start with small attitudes. The tips here are very valid, we need to raise awareness.

  3. We’re in the country, on tank water, so we’re already VERY good at timing showers lol

  4. I really like your tip to try and stay under a blanket when you are in your house during the winter, that way you can try and turn down the thermostat to save money. My wife and I recently moved into an area that is very cold, and I don’t want to spend too much money on our thermostat. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should try and keep warm other ways to save money!

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