Although the best way to have more money is to earn more money, it is also prudent to determine ways to keep the money you have. In this respect, saving money on such things as petrol usage, groceries, or utilities can help add money to your bank account by the end of the month.
For instance, when it comes to utilities, behaving in a thrifty manner on your electricity can help you save hundreds of dollars annually. The trick, of course, is knowing just how to manage that because some of these money-saving tips might seem obvious, but others are not.
In many cities, old incandescent light bulbs are no longer available. However, many homes still have stores of these hot, high-energy bulbs. If you have these types of bulbs, you should swap them out for newer LED lights that provide the same amount of light while using much less energy.
Additionally, if you have high-watt LED lights, you should swap them out for bulbs of much lower wattage. For instance, the 13-watt LED lights are comparable to 100-watt incandescent bulbs. These provide a lot of light. Compared to incandescent bulbs, they save a lot of money as well. However, the smaller LED lights of about six watts use half as much energy while providing as much light as a 60-watt bulb.
Closing a door will prevent hot or cool air from leaking into adjacent rooms. For instance, if you have a window air conditioner, you can close the doors of nearby rooms.
If closing a door can help optimize your heating and cooling, so, too, will closing the curtains or blinds. If you keep the curtains or blinds open, the air conditioner is fighting the hot air created by the sunlight.
Additionally, if you have blinds, you should ensure the louvers are aimed upward at an angle opposite the sunlight’s path. Aimed in such fashion, a larger degree of the sunlight is blocked.
Adjusting the temperature ranges on the refrigerator and air conditioner can help you save energy. Keeping the air conditioner set at the highest possible setting that you are willing to tolerate will help save money over a setting that keeps the room brisk. Similarly, if you set the refrigerator at approximately 4.4 degrees Celsius, you can keep the air cold enough to prevent spoilage while not wasting energy.
Another good way to save energy is by unplugging appliances that do not need to be left plugged in. The reason you would want to unplug them is because many appliances have lights, clocks, or other systems that always remain on. Consequently, even if you are not using such things as a coffee maker, it may very well still be using energy. Although the amount might not seem like much, a few dollars per month can become significant over the course of a year–especially if several such appliances are unnecessarily consuming electricity.
Energy audits can easily be accomplished by logging onto your online electric account and reviewing the month-to-month summary of your home’s electric consumption. You can see which months are higher and which months are lower. Making sense of this fluctuation is easy as the usage reports often include such information as average daily temperature and average daily usage.
With this information, you can see how the aforementioned adjustments impact your bill as compared to the previous year when you made no such adjustments. Additionally, you can make further improvements and compare the subsequent energy usage to your current consumption rates.
The important thing about an energy audit is it can help you identify faults in your electric system. For instance, if your energy usage remains high no matter what you do, you might have a fault. To fix it, all you have to do to fix it is contacting a bonded electrician, such as those at CLF Services Brisbane Northside.
Upgrading old appliances can be an expensive way to save money, but it helps lower your electric bill. For instance, newer refrigerators, air conditioners, or dryers are much more efficient. If you have old versions of these large appliances, you are probably spending between 10 and 30 percent more money on electricity than you might otherwise spend.
Sometimes, the best tip is to simply go dark. For instance, instead of ensuring lights are turned off, you can remove the light bulbs from rooms that you rarely use. Additionally, you can remove lights from rooms you do use and replace them only for set periods during the day. Of course, this practice does not mean you live in the dark. Instead, it means you live off the ambient light provided by the sun. Even if you keep the curtains or blinds closed, for instance, enough light bleeds in to allow you to see. In the evening, when it gets too dark to see, simply plug in lights only in rooms that require them.