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How to Save Money on Your Energy Bills

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.

energy saving tips

  1. Find out the peak energy hours
  2. 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.

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  3. Unplug unused appliancesSave Money and Save Energy and the Planet
  4. 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.

  5. Use cold water vs. hot water
  6. energy saving tips

    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!

  7. Fill washing machines
  8. 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!

  9. Let washing machines do their job
  10. Don’t rinse dirty dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Skip this unnecessary step and save time, energy and water (and money).

  11. Fill your refrigerator and freezer
  12. 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.

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Nicole Bang

I'm a stay­ at home m­om to 4 bo­ys ages 7 ­and under.­ We live ­in Alaska ­and enjoy ­outdoor ac­tivities l­ike hiking­ and campi­ng. One o­f my goals­ is to liv­e a more e­co-friendl­y lifestyl­e, My blo­g is calle­d Mom Alwa­ys Finds O­ut and I l­ike to inc­lude thing­s like pro­duct revie­ws, giveaw­ays and mo­re!
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  • I like reading tips on how to save energy, esp. electric and gas bill is not cheaper nowadays. Glad we have a small household I can’t imagine having a big family with so many adults living in. All of them uses electric from gadgets to appliances.

  • Honestly, these are rock solid tips for saving energy! I knew a couple of them but most I had no idea such as a full freezer versus a semi full one! I also did not think of the fact it takes as much energy to run a small load of clothing in the washer as a full one! This is something I will have a talk with my husband about as he loves to toss in ONE pair of shorts for example.
    Great info thank you!

  • I try to always have a full laundry load. However, with a large family, we always have large laundry loads! I have thought of getting a line in the back yard in order to bypass the dryer.

  • Great list, may I just add, I think everyone should have discipline first when handling money. No matter what age we all need to know that we can face a financial problem at any time. We have to set our mind into saving a percentage of our check no matter what, and to achieve this we need to have discipline other wise we’ll just form part of the big percentage of people who don’t know how manage their money and blows it up the first pay day.

  • excellent tips… a friend was recently telling me that every night before she goes to bed she makes sure she unplugs everythings, said it drove her husband crazy until he started noticing a drop in their electric bill. They save a considerable amount of money each year. I’ve started unplugging some; I’m not as disciplined… yet. I did not know about a full freezer/frig –good to know.

    • I’m quite bad with turning things off by I have been trying to get into that habit as well as our electric bill had gotten significantly high the last few months. We aren’t quite sure why yet though.

  • Great tips, thank you for sharing. Also, never turn up your AC to an unreasonable temperature while you are away, not only is it hot in your house when you return. But your a/c is having to work twice as hard to cool your house off. Maintaining a reasonable temperature in your house doesn’t cost as much as you think. If your a/c is working twice as hard, you will spend more money in repairs than if you kept your house a bit cooler during the day.

    • Yes! So do I! And one thing I did learn about the laundry (might want to check with your electric company) is that there are times of the day that your electricity bill is less because there are less people using their electricity. Mine is after 9PM. So I tend to do my laundry really late.

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