Easy ways anybody can save energy Reduce your Electric Bill
I have previously wrote a few short articles on how to lower your electric bill over the years. I have since tested these suggestions in my new home. The circumstances in my new home are different than my old home however I have used the same suggestions. The previous articles can be found here or here but I figured putting them into one document would be much easier for people to follow but leaving the old documents for pictures of actual bills etc.
Previously we lived in am older 2 story 3 bedroom house with 2 bathroom, a teenage girl and 2 children under five years old. Each child had a TV in their room which was always running, we had a stand up deep freezer, washer, dryer, air conditioner turned on during the summer.
Currently we live in a one story bungalow with 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a teenager girl, 5 year old, 3 year old, 3 freezers, washer & dryer (most clothes need to be dried in dryer due to allergies for one of the kids), dishwasher, air conditioner in the summer. Each child still has their TV going however we have animals and often baby animals so probably 60% of the time throughout the year we have 1 to 2 heat lamps on for small baby animals or baby chicks.
We have NEVER had a power bill over $250 for 2 months. It is normally around $200-$220 every 2 months and I live in Nova Scotia which has one of the highest power rates in the country, I say one of as Ontario likes to compete for outrageous bills. Our last bill I just paid was $202; I expected it to be more due to egg incubator, heat lamp for various animals.
- Switch to CFL’s
- Turn off lights
- Install Power Bars
- Turn down the thermostat
- Switch to cold water
- Unplug your second fridge
- Use a Clothesline
- Turn off lights when you don’t need them
- Replace incandescent bulbs with efficient ENERGY STAR™ compact fluorescent lights
- Make the most of natural daylight.
- Use a single more powerful light where you now have two or more. Lower Wattage incandescent lights are less efficient. It takes two 60-watt bulbs to provide the same light as one 100-watt bulb
- Save energy by reducing background lighting and focusing light where it’s needed
- Switch to lower-wattage bulbs to avoid over-lit rooms
- Control the intensity of light with dimmer switches
- Switch your holiday lights to LED lights. LEDs use 90% less electricity and last 10 times longer than traditional glass holiday lights. – When seasonal products go on sale various retailers have exchange programs where you can save money off the new LED lights in exchange for your old lights. Many municipalities also offer this option during the holiday parade.
- Replacing regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) will significantly improve your home’s lighting efficiency. Swapping just five regular bulbs for ENERGY STAR™ qualified CFLs can save you about $185 over their lifetime. These bulbs use about 75 per cent less electricity and last about eight times longer than a regular light bulb. They only need to be replaced every five to six years. As a result, they are most-efficient when used in places where lights are on for long periods of time. Replacing a 60-watt incandescent bulb with a 13-watt CFL will save about $37 over the 8,000 hour life of the bulb. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 23-watt CFL will save about $62 in electricity over the life of the bulb. CFLs come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
- Linear fluorescent lamps These lamps produce more light than many other sources. High-efficiency T-8 lamps on electronic ballasts can reduce lighting energy costs by up to 75 per cent.
- The average Canadian home has 30 light fixtures that consume nearly $200 worth of electricity every year.
- Energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use only 25 per cent of the energy of standard incandescent bulbs, but produce the same high-quality light as a typical 60-watt incandescent bulb. Replacing just five incandescent bulbs with CFLs in high-use areas of your home can save up to $30 a year, depending on the location and amount of time used.
- CFLs last up to 10 times longer than regular bulbs. If every household in Canada replaced just one standard bulb with an ENERGY STAR™ qualified CFL, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to taking approximately 66,000 cars off the road.
Check out the comparison!!
|Light output per watt||8 to 20 lumens||15 to 25 lumens||20 to 90 lumens||36 to 70 lumens|
|Lamp Life||Poor (750 to 1,500 hours)||Moderate (2,000 up to 4,000 hours)||Good /Excellent (10,000-20,000 hours)||Good (6,000- 15,000 hours)|
Other Energy Saving Information
- Chest or top-loading freezers are about 25 per cent more efficient than upright freezers
- Unplug things when not in use. Simple things like a toaster, DVR , or PS4 will save you tons. Checkout out these examples on standby power
- Remove or unplug unnecessary refrigerators and freezers. Defrost regularly.
- Power Bars – Using a power bar with an integrated timer to shut off all your devices at the end of the day, or unplug your electronics when you’re away from home for an extended period of time. Many electronic devices continue to use power even when they’re turned off.
- Keep pots and pans covered. Use the smallest pot or pan and match the pan to the element size to waste less energy.
- Make sure there is at least 8 cm (3 inches) of air space between the back of the refrigerator and the wall, and at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) on both sides to allow for good air circulation
- Allow hot foods and left over meals to cool to room temperature before putting in the refrigerator.
- The temperature inside your freezer should be -18° C (0° F). Keeping temperatures just 5° C (9° F) below recommended temperatures can increase energy use by as much as 25 percent.
- Full freezers operate more efficiently. If your freezer isn’t full, fill plastic containers with water and freeze them
- If you wash your clothes with warm water and rinse them with cold water, simply switching to cold water on all your cycles could save you $4 a month or $52 a year. If you wash and rinse with warm water, your savings could double.