Whether you need to replace broken windows that leak out your heating or air-conditioning or you are looking for other small, quick fixes, it’s never too late to save electricity in your home. Learning to save money on your electric bill can be beneficial.

Unless you live off-the-grid, electricity tends to be one of the biggest home expenses. Paying for power is a necessity, however, it doesn’t have to break the budget. Making some changes in the home and being aware of what appliances you use and when can help you cut those costs.

Below is a list of 60 ways you can save money on your electric bill. The more of these actions you take the more you can save on your annual power costs.

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Steps To Save Money On Your Electric Bill

  1. Close the curtains during the day. This keeps the heat out in the summer allowing your house to stay cooler.
  2. Wash clothes in cold water.
  3. Run your fridge and freezer efficiently.
  4. Insulate your roof. Most heat escapes through the roof.
  5. Dress for the temperature, less for summer, more for winter.
  6. Set your thermostat lower in winter and higher in summer.
  7. Turn off heaters and coolers if not needed.
  8. Stop standby power loss from electronic devices plugged in when not needed.
  9. Consider a windmill.
  10. Use energy-efficient bulbs or (low energy) LEDs.
  11. Turn off lights when not needed.
  12. Take shorter showers.
  13. Fix leaky faucets.
  14. Hang dry clothes.
  15. Skip the heat-dry setting on the dishwasher.
  16. Use the microwave, crockpot, and toaster oven instead of the stove.
  17. Use energy-efficient appliances.
  18. Use skylights for natural daylight.
  19. Incorporate solar power.
  20. Have a smart meter put in your home.
  21. Use weather stripping and cover those older windows with plastic.
  22. Install chimney balloons in fireplace chimneys.
  23. Turn the temperature down on the hot water tank.
  24. Insulate the hot water tank.
  25. Replace outdoor lights with motion lights.
  26. Repair/replace the door seals on the fridge and freezer.
  27. Fill the freezer. Keep it full. See Stocking Your Freezer.
  28. Keep the lint filter clean in the dryer.
  29. Use the grill to cook instead of the oven.
  30. Install tap aerators on all faucets.
  31. Install a low-flow shower head.
  32. Use a power strip and turn it off when it isn’t needed.
  33. Turn off the computer when not working on it.
  34. Place reflectors behind radiators to direct the heat out into the room.
  35. Unplug cell phones when charged.
  36. Use a programmable thermostat.
  37. Switch to a gas furnace.
  38. Cover floors with carpet. Even simple area rugs help keep a room warmer.
  39. Plant trees around your home.
  40. Vacuum refrigerator coils once annually.
  41. Put lids on pots when cooking.
  42. Keep doors shut.
  43. Insulate the floors, walls, and attic or crawl spaces.
  44. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.
  45. Watch less tv and read a book.
  46. Use glass or ceramic dishes in the oven.
  47. Don’t open the oven door until cooking or baking is finished.
  48. Don’t browse in the refrigerator or freezer.
  49. Allow food to completely cool before placing it in the refrigerator.
  50. Don’t block the radiator with furniture.
  51. Aim the ceiling fan down in winter and up in the summer.
  52. Recharge batteries don’t replace them.
  53. Fix a leaking toilet. If you have a well that provides water, this causes the pump to run more, costing you money on the power bill.
  54. Defrost your freezer often or replace it with a frost-free model.
  55. Buy an LCD or LED tv.
  56. Replace filters on air conditioners and heaters.
  57. Install a dimmer switch.
  58. Bake more than 1 meal at a time.
  59. Install a dimmer switch.
  60. Clean and repair air conditioning vents and ducts regularly.

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Final Thoughts…

Now you have a ton of ways to save money on your electric bill. Some are so simple, you can do them today. Others may take a bit of planning or spending a few dollars. Either way, every step you take, may save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on that next power bill over the course of a year.

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