We all love to save money, especially when it comes to utility bills. What many of us don’t realize is that some appliances in our homes are sucking up huge amounts of electricity, costing us big time on our energy bills. If you have a cable TV set-top box, washer and dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator or freezer, you’ll want to try these easy ways to save money on your energy bills.
- Find out the peak energy hours
- Unplug unused appliances
- Use cold water vs. hot water
- Fill washing machines
- Let washing machines do their job
- Fill your refrigerator and freezer
There are specific hours of the day people use the most energy. This is usually the time it’s most costly and considered as the “peak” energy hours. Some areas are on the weekdays from 1pm to 7pm, while others are from noon to 6pm.
Peak energy hours vary. So you might want to do a little research to find out what those peak energy times are in your area so you could schedule laundry hours before or after those hours.
Unplug your cable TV set-top boxes (including your Digital Video Recorders “DVRs”) when not in use, especially overnight. Your set-top box is a constant power drain that uses more energy per year than a refrigerator or central air conditioner. Most of that energy is completely wasted when no one is watching TV and no shows are being recorded. Lower your home’s energy consumption and your power bills by simply unplugging these energy hogs when not in use.
Wash your laundry in cold water. There’s really no need to use hot water to wash laundry. Today’s washing machines and detergents (even the regular kind) make cold water washing just as effective. 90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes towards heating the water. Wash everything in cold and you’ll see savings on your energy bills!
Wash full loads in the washing machine and the dishwasher. It takes the same amount of energy for these machines to run a full load as it does for a small load. Do one large load of laundry instead of two small loads and cut your energy usage in half!
Don’t rinse dirty dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Skip this unnecessary step and save time, energy and water (and money).
Empty space in your fridge means more room for warm air to come in every time the door opens. More energy will be needed to maintain the cooler temperature inside your refrigerator. You can help your refrigerator and freezer use less energy by keeping them full. Helpful Hint: Use water-filled containers to take up extra space. A well-packed refrigerator should be full, yet allow room for air to circulate. Tightly pack items in your freezer so they can help keep each other cold.