A little electricity here and there adds up fast. In 2013, the Energy Information Administration reported that the average monthly electric bill was $105 in New England, $110 in Middle Atlantic, $123 in South Atlantic and $126 in West South Central. However, it's worth noting that in certain parts of each region, people were paying significantly less on their bills. It can be argued that perhaps different locations varied slightly in climate, meaning more or less electric heat. However, it's entirely possible that some people pay less for electricity because they're just better at conserving. Now, you can be too.
Here are 10 easy ways to use less electricity.
1. Unplug appliances: According to Entrust Energy you can also reduce your bill by unplugging scanners, TVs, cable boxes, routers, printers, lamps, radios and electronic toothbrushes.
2. Hang clothes on a rack: When possible, air-dry your laundry instead of using the dryer.
3. Don't run a half-full dishwasher: The Consortium for Energy Efficiency confirmed that dishwashers make up for 2.5 percent of the total energy used in an average American household.
4. Change your light bulbs: The U.S. Department of Energy suggested swapping out your light bulbs for halogen incandescent ones. Options that have an energy star on them mean they're approved for conserving energy.
5. Only wash full loads: Don't run the washing machine or dryer if you don't have enough clothes to fill them. You can hand-wash most articles in the tub and then air-dry them if it's urgent.
6. Close your drapes: The sunlight can make your living room feel hotter than it is, defeating the purpose of your air conditioner.
7. Plant some trees: Adding some extra shade to your yard can also prevent the sun's hot rays from making your house feel hotter than it really is.
8. Set the timer on your heat: Be sure to adjust the thermostat so the heat turns down a few notches while you're at work. There's no need to have it on full blast if there's no one home.
9. Fix any plumbing leaks: Call the repairman or take care of any leaks yourself because they're not only costing you water, but also electricity.
10. Use a heavy blanket: It's simple enough. Instead of running to crank the heat up, be sure you're dressed in warm clothes and cover yourself with a heavy blanket.
The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.
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