With the rising cost of electricity, households are increasingly concerned about the energy usage of their various appliances. While there is no single culprit for high electricity bills, your overall appliances and electronic equipment will add up. So how can you reduce your electricity bill to a more sustainable level?
Firstly, you need to take a holistic approach and examine all of your household goods and power usage, as well as possible replacements. Go through each specific section of your home – kitchen, laundry, bathroom, living room and outdoor areas – and consider what you can do to improve your household power usage.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen can use a lot of power due to cooking and keeping of perishable food items. Refrigerators are renowned for their high-power usage, although modern devices are a lot better than the old-style ones. One way to reduce this is to manually lower how cool your fridge and freezer are, but make sure your food isn’t spoiling!
In the Laundry
The laundry can use a huge amount of power when you wash clothes, and it also uses up water. If you are using hot water to wash your clothes, then switch to cold water, and try and use a low level of water, as much as possible. Most of the energy used in a washing machine is due to the energy required to generate the hot water.
Dryers are even bigger power users and while you probably have one, avoid using it, if possible. While you may have some rainy days, make sure you hang out any washing that you can, and buy yourself an air dryer for inside as well. Limit your use of the dryer for clothes that you need to use immediately, or when it is really wet.
In the Bathroom
Bathrooms are not too bad when it comes to power consumption, but you will be using power with your hot shower or bath. You should consider switching to a more economical hot water system, such as a solar-powered one. Also, make sure that you are limiting your use of any bathroom heaters (like the ones you may have on the ceiling).
In the Living Room
The living room and office areas of the home will use a good amount of electricity due to all of your computers, televisions, stereos and more. Make sure that televisions are turned off properly, and change your computer settings to low-power usage, which means they will quickly go into ‘sleep’ mode when you are not using them.
Outdoor areas can use a bit of power, but you can get away with solar lights in order to save money. If you have a pool, then make sure you keep it as clean as possible with pool supplies, and limit the amount of time that your automatic cleaner or pool heater is on. If you are not planning to use your pool for some time, put the pool cover on and make sure the heating is turned off. This will save water from evaporation and, of course, the cost of heating your pool.