13 Proven Ways To Drastically Lower Energy Bill

#1 Check Seals

Make sure your fridge and freezer are well sealed to keep the cold air where it belongs. Same goes for your doors and windows. A bad seal allows energy to seep out, draining your wallet in the process.

#2 Fix Ductwork

Improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems by repairing leaky heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts.

#3 Adjust Thermostat

Set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re asleep or away from home. Doing so for eight hours can lower your annual heating and cooling costs by around 10{7bffeda5342ac81ce8ce9597ed6eb91e7337560331e73e737396bca8e065c71f}. A programmable thermostat will do the work for you.

#4 Adjust Freezer Temperature

Set your fridge to 38 degrees and your freezer to 5 degrees. This will keep your food fresh, but your fridge and freezer won’t need to work as hard to maintain the temperature.

#5 Shorter Hot Showers

If your water heater uses electricity, you should try trimming two minutes off your shower time as it can cut your water usage by 10 gallons.

#6 Efficient Showerhead

An efficient showerhead can reduce your water usage by 2,700 gallons per year. Look for one with the WaterSense label, which is certified to meet efficiency criteria set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

#7 Cold Laundry Water

Cut your per-load energy usage in half by sticking to warm or cold water when you do laundry.

#8 Water Heater Temperature

The default temperature setting on water heaters is typically 140 degrees. Lowering it to 120 degrees can reduce your water heating costs by up to 10{7bffeda5342ac81ce8ce9597ed6eb91e7337560331e73e737396bca8e065c71f}. Leaving town for a few days? Turn your water heater to the lowest setting to conserve energy usage.

#9 Energy Efficient Appliances

If you’re in the market for a new washer, dishwasher or water heater, buy an energy efficient model to yield long-term savings. A dishwasher with the Energy Star label is required to use 5.8 gallons of water or less per cycle, compared to the more than 10 gallons used by some older models. Prioritize appliances that run most often, like the fridge, HVAC system, water heater, dehumidifier, television, washer and dryer.

#10 Discount Rates

Some utility providers offer cheaper rates during certain times of the day, making laundry and other energy-intensive chores 5{7bffeda5342ac81ce8ce9597ed6eb91e7337560331e73e737396bca8e065c71f} to 25{7bffeda5342ac81ce8ce9597ed6eb91e7337560331e73e737396bca8e065c71f} less expensive during off-peak times. Contact their customer service department.

#11 Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Save $75 per year by swapping out the bulbs in your most used light fixtures with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs that bear the Energy Star label.

#12 Install Dimmers

Dimmers let you set the brightness in a room to suit your needs, setting the mood and saving electricity.

#13 Utilize Power Strips

Some electronic gadgets never truly power off; instead, they sit in standby mode using a trickle of power that can add up over devices and time. These are usually — but not exclusively — items with a remote control, because the remote sensor needs power while waiting for your input. Plug these electronics into a smart power strip, which cuts off the current when the devices aren’t in use.