How to Save Electricity: 70 Ways to Reduce Energy use!

How much does electricity cost?

If you pay an electrical bill, it’s obvious that the price to pay for electricity differs between regions around the world. For instance if you lived in Idaho, you’d be paying just 8 cents per kWh (kilowatt-hour) of electricity, the lowest price in the United States. In Hawaii, the highest price per kWh, you’d be looking at paying 33.2 cents per kWh. The price of electricity is wildly different around the United States. However, the average is just around 12 cents per kWh.

Due to the price of electricity, many people are left wondering how they can save electricity. On average, a US home uses around 910 kWh a month of electricity. It’s not rare to see numbers much lower than this due to people making conscious decisions about their electricity use.

How to Save Electricity

Due to the sheer number of people who do not know how they can be saving electricity, we’ve compiled the list of 70 ways to save electricity below. This list could go on for thousands of ways; but this is just to get your thoughts moving. Once you’ve got a pretty good understanding of the contents and methodologies on this list, you can apply your own ways to save extra electricity in your household.

Windows

  • Make sure to make use of drapes to cover your windows. This’ll insulate them further to save extra electricity during the warmer months of the year.
  • Remember to close the drapes on windows faced northward to keep the chilly weather out when it’s cold out.
  • Replace your old windows; there are newer better ones. If you currently have old windows in your house, it would be wise to look into getting new windows all around your house. New model of windows are released every year. As window technology advances, so does your possible electricity savings.
  • You should also consider installing storm windows. These can be double or triple pane. In addition to possibly keeping your house safe during a storm, they’ll also keep the weather outside the house and the heating/cooling inside the house.
  • The easiest thing you can do right now in regards to your windows is check to see if there are any cracks or open areas. For temporary purposes, you could take your duct tape and cover these openings in your windows. As soon as you are able to, make sure you replace the window(s) with storm windows or other types of newer windows.
Storm proof windows for energy conservation
Installing Storm Proof windows is a great way to save additional electricity.

Electronics

An outrageous amount of energy is spent on electronics that are not even being used. By following the tips below, you should be able to greatly reduce your energy bill by making your use of electronics more efficient. In the long run, these tips will also help save the lives of your electronic devices by giving them a rest period from time to time when they are unplugged. From personal experience, these tricks are the most easily implemented into everyday life in this modern world.

  • When electronics are not in use, you should unplug them. Unless it’s your router and Wi-Fi, unplugging your electronics is an absolute fantastic way to reduce your electricity bill. The phantom loss of energy is a very real thing.
  • Unless you use your computer constantly, we would advise that you turn it off or figure out a way to efficiently put your computer to sleep between uses.
  • Heat generated from electronics may interfere with air conditioning. This may not be noticeable by you personally, but hey, we’re discussing ways to reduce your electricity use. Every single bit counts; this could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
  • Many modern electronics will come with certifications on being energy efficient. It is your task to find the most energy efficient models of particular electronics.
  • Use a power strip. When you’re done using the electronic devices in a certain room, it is easy to unplug the entire power strip if you do not feel like unplugging each device individually.
  • You need to make sure to unplug battery chargers. Once a battery is charged, it is charged. There is no way that keeping the charger in longer increases the batteries energy content. In fact, prolonged charging will harm your batteries.
Plug all of your electronics into powerstrips.
A power strip is often overlooked as a way to reduce your energy spending.

Water Heating

Everybody loves their hot water. There is no reason to give up on your water heater in all entirety. There are ways that you can optimize your use of your water heater to benefit yourself. Cold water sucks, so don’t lose all of the money in your pockets by going crazy with your hot water.

  • You should always use cold water when it’s an option. This may seem obvious, but many people will automatically reach for the hot water when cold water would do the job just as well.
  • Sure, taking a bath every now and then is worth it. For your regular bathing, shower instead of bath, it uses less hot water. Even if you take a long shower, it will most likely be less water than a full bathtub.
  • The water heaters from the manufactures are already insulated, however you can further increase this insulation by putting an insulating blanket around your water heater
  • Make sure pipes are insulated. This’ll keep the water warmer longer while it sits in the pipes. Insulation all around is a great thing to use, especially for water pipes.

Various Appliances

These appliances include stoves, ovens, certain heating devices, refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers; and everything in between. Take action and implement some of these tips into your routine. By even just doing a few; the monthly cost of your electricity will be lowered.

  • Optimize your use of toaster ovens and microwaves. If you’re able to do an oven task with a toaster oven or microwave, 9.5/10 times it’ll be more energy efficient to use the toaster or microwave. This may affect the taste of the food but if you would prefer a lower electricity bill over the taste of food; this is definitely a viable option.
  • Reduce down to one fridge. Do you really need that second fridge?
  • Turn off kitchen and bathroom fans directly after use. If you’re going to leave the room anyways, the smell isn’t a large concern.
  • Dust off your fridge. A dusty fridge can make it less efficient.
  • A full freezer is better than a half empty freezer.
  • While purchasing new appliances, check to see if they are energy efficient appliances.
  • By washing loads of clothes consecutively, you’re allowing the machines to stay warm.
  • As your refrigerator ages, is becomes less efficient. Replace it every so often.
  • Use a clothes line rather than a dryer. If this is an option, make use of it!
  • There is a certain point in the dish-washing cycle that your dishes would be considered clean. Remember to turn off dishwasher after cycles.
  • If it is an option, set your dishwater to 120 degrees.
  • This one is self-explanatory: Only use full dishwasher.
  • You can use a microwave for defrosting rather than using the oven.
  • Turn off humidifier or dehumidifier when they are not needed. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? The same goes for humidifiers and dehumidifiers. If you’re not in the room, you wouldn’t care if it is slightly more humid.
  • Water and electricity use go hand in hand. Make sure toilet handle does not stick after flushing.
  • Nothing is worse than a temperature reading that is off by a few degrees. Be sure that thermostats on appliances work properly.

Lighting your house

Light is the number one consumer of electricity because light is just a form of visible energy. As technology evolves, so does our ability to deliver more efficient lighting to homes and businesses. A lot has changed since Edison invented the electric light bulb; LED technology has been introduced, fluorescent lighting, etc.

  • Fluorescent tubes are great to light up large amount of spaces. They also happen to save electricity in the process.
  • In the same way that you wouldn’t use a screwdriver as a hammer, you need to use the right bulb for the socket.
  • Try using timers. These will automatically turn off lights after a certain amount of time.
  • Make your house smart, motion-detector lights are a way of the future. Install a few any you won’t regret it.
  • Frequently clean off the dust from your lampshades (if you use them). This’ll help some additional light to shine through.
  • The sun is our greatest resource, it makes life possible. Take advantage of free light from the sun. Put your furniture by windows so that you can work while using sun light rather than artificial light.
  • Back to the right tool for the job; check the lumens when buying lights. The higher the lumens; the more light a bulb/tube will create.
Old hanging light bulb using lots of energy
Using an old light will draw an unnecessary amount of power

Household Heating

  • Have you ceiling properly insulated. Energy escapes through all surfaces.
  • Since heat can leave through your floor, cover it with rugs and carpet. This’ll insulate in addition to contain the heat.
  • We get it, you like being warm. Don’t use too many space/portable heaters; they’re just inefficient in large quantities.
  • Raise the temperature slowly; this will keep your heater in good shape.
  • Efficiently and functionality is key. Change the filters in your heating system every so often.
  • The closer the temperature inside your house is to the temperature outside, the less electricity you’ll use.

Household Cooling

  • Just as you need to change the filter on your heater, you need to clean or change your AC filter routinely.
  • Set your thermostat to auto, computers know best.
  • Insulate your walls.
  • Use lighter colored curtains, darkness attracts the suns heat and light color repels.
  • It’s scenic and energy efficient, plant trees around your home.
  • Raise the temperature. The less you cool, the less energy is consumed.
  • Open interior doors so that air can be distributed better between rooms. This way your house will reach a balanced room temperature.
  • Close unused air vents, your closet does not need to be a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit if you only go in there twice a day to change clothes.
  • More ceiling fans means that you should be able to raise the thermostat by a few degrees.
  • Use natural airflow. In addition to fresh air having health benefits, it’ll also keep your house cooler.
  • Don’t cool unused areas. These areas might include a garage or a closet. So close those vents!
  • Operate appliances during the morning and night when it’s cooler outside. They add extra heat to your house. This is a really smart tip that not many people realize.
  • When searching for an air conditioning unit, keep a high energy efficiency rating (EER) in mind. This is game changer.
  • Install the air conditioning unit under shade. Perhaps those trees that you planted around your house would be useful for this.

How to Save Electricity while Cooking

Food is what we need as humans to survive. This being said, food doesn’t need to break your bank. Following the 11 tips below should give you a basic understanding of what you need to do to start saving some hard earned cash on cooking at home.

  • Keep the oven door closed while cooking; by opening it you’ll lose 25 to 75 degrees of heat.
  • Use oven heat for plate warming. Use the heat that is already there rather than creating more heat.
  • If you want food that is easy to make and tastes great, use a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers save up to 25% electricity when compared to other cooking devices.
  • Use an electric kettle to boil water. They’re made to boil water and will do it better than most other devices.
  • Rather than using a microwave to thaw frozen food, you can leave it out in room temperature. Thawing frozen foods before cooking is a great way to reduce your electricity use while cooking.
  • Use a microwave! Seriously, they are small and will focus the heat on the item in the center.
  • Make multiple foods at once. This is especially true with electric stove tops. While the stove is still warm, you should be able to cook even more food. These types of stoves stay hot for a long time. Try weekly meal prep! It saves time, money, and apparently electricity.
  • Put lids on pans and pots: items will cook better and faster.
  • Make sure lids fit properly. A lid is like a window in a house. Any crack or area for heat to leave is not good. Find a properly fitting lid; it’s in your best interest.
  • Cooking by the book is the best way to cook most of the time. Preheat the oven strictly only when the recipe calls for it to be preheated.
  • While shopping for a gas stove, make an effort to get one with an efficient electric igniter.
  • And list item number 70: Save money and electricity by replacing electric burners routinely when they are worn out.
An example of an inefficient cooking setup.
This pot is not covered with a lid; lots of heat escaping!

If you make use of even just a fraction of the tips shared, you’ll be ahead of the electricity saving movement. The majority of these would only take a few moments to think about and take action on. That is what makes saving electricity interesting; it’s super easy to do it! Next time someone asks how they can save electricity; refer them to these 70 tips to start. We’ve covered your windows, electronics, heating and cooling systems, lighting, water heating, appliances, and even how to cook meals that are more electricity use conscious.

While the average American household electricity expenditure is 910 kWh a month, you should be able to slash that number in half. It may be challenging at first, but in time it becomes an enjoyable way of life.