Energy bills have skyrocketed these days, and that’s why so many people are looking for creative ways of cutting down their costs. However resolute you might be when it comes to paying less for your electricity, the fact is that there are several simple changes that you can do that can make a whole lot of difference.
We’re not saying you should start by making considerable sacrifices such as buying a lot of green power gadgets, some of which might be feasible, it’s true, but they might cost more at the moment.
Let’s look at several practical ways of cutting down your electricity costs.
Air conditioning and heating
In case you didn’t know, Americans tend to use their AC a lot more compared to Europeans. Whenever it’s hot, Europeans open several windows and let the air cooldown their spaces. They keep their temperature with the help of iced drinks, and they tend to walk in the shade when the weather’s scorching. They always wear appropriate clothing.
Keep your AC turned off if it’s not as hot as you might think. The same goes for your heating. What if you didn’t wear just a t-shirt and shorts and you actually put some clothes on instead of turning your heating up and having to pay for it?
Doing your laundry the right way
If you own a washer and dryer, the easiest way of saving some money would be to avoid using your dryer altogether in the summer. Get a drying rack or clothes airer for as little as ten to fifteen dollars and wait for your laundry to get dry naturally. After all, that’s why we have the sun and the wind and are able to take advantage of them.
Did you know that many power companies offer discounted rates to people who do their laundry after 8 pm? Needless to say, that’s what you should do because placing your clothes on the drying rack can be done at 10 pm just as well as 7 pm. Don’t use a lot of heat to do your laundry if it’s mostly composed of t-shirts you’ve used once.
Cleaning your home the smart way
Most everyone we know hates vacuuming, right? And why do you think that is? Unfortunately, back in the day, many manufacturers didn’t really consider the needs of their customers, so that’s how they ended up making bulky and hefty vacuum cleaners.
Don’t make the mistake of cleaning your floors daily with such a dated alternative. You can either get an electric broom or a Shark steam mop if you want to clean tile or grout, or just one from any other company you prefer. In a worst-case scenario, you might even like to use your non-electric broom to sweep up the occasional spill that might happen in a busy kitchen. And guess what? That’ll make you burn several calories, and you won’t waste any electricity at all.
And last, but not least, always turn off the lights if you’re leaving a room and there’s no one left behind you.
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