08 May Reducing Electricity Cost
A lot of people are looking to save money these days on their home costs. A major household expense for most of us is our electric bill and our electricity usage is a great place to start when we’re looking at how to lower our bills. This does not have to be hard so here are few things you can do to get this done.
Watch the clock
Studies have shown that the easiest way to use less electricity an save money on this expense is by using the off- peak power range. Ontario Energy Board studies show that most of the residents pay electricity on time of use basis. However they explain that using off- peak hours to do household chores like laundry. They also advice on minimizing use of electricity by doing things the old fashioned way. An example is sun drying clothes as opposes to using a dryer. Off- peak hours are normally from 7 a.m to 7 p.m but are on throughout the day on weekends.
Warming up your refrigerator.
Refrigerators are the most energy consuming appliances in homes. The main reason for this is because they are always left on throughout the day. Since switching off could lead to deterioration of food, it is advised that you regulate the temperature of the refrigerator. The temperatures should be above 0 degrees Celsius but lower than five degrees Celsius to prevent food spoilage arising from inadequate freezing temperatures. You can do this for your freezer as well to get similar results. It is important to know that your freezer and refrigerator function best when fully packed.
Phantom power thieves
It is important for you to be aware of phantom power thieves. This happens mainly when you have your device on and consuming electricity when you are actually not using it. You should therefore switch of all devices that are not in use. There are other ways in which you can be using up electricity without being aware. This is sometimes from electronics which can utilize electricity even when they are not in use. It is advisable to unplug them from the socket in such scenarios. A power par with an on/off switch can also come in handy as it stops the power supply in the electronics.
Efficient decorating schemes.
The use of blinds can be a very important aspect in controlling your electricity bills. This can be one by keeping them closed when it is too hot to prevent sun rays from entering the house and air conditioning will not be necessary. It can also be done by using your drapes to cover the windows to prevent cold during winter.
Avoid Air Leaks
Weather stripping methods to repair cracks around walls and windows can be used as alternatives for air leaks that use electricity.
It has been repeatedly advised that using florescent bulbs is more economical than the incandescent lamps. Beginning January 1, 2014 there was a ban on the incandescent light bulbs, followed by a ban of the 40 watt to 60 watt bulbs on December 31, 2014. The fluorescent bulbs might be more expensive but they save a lot of energy compared to the incandescent bulbs.
The other obvious way to save electricity is by turning off the lights when you are not using them.