7 Easy ways to save money on your home electricity bill

Consumers are increasingly working towards saving on their electric bills.
Consumers are increasingly working towards saving on their electric bills. PHOTO/FILE
As the effects of increased cost of energy in the world continue to be felt, consumers are now more than ever focusing on energy conservation.

Whether by purchasing energy efficient appliances and electronics or investing in solar energy, homeowners are increasingly working towards reducing their electricity bills.

The initial cost of these energy efficient appliances is, unfortunately, inhibiting for a most people.

However, it is still possible to save electricity at home by doing the following:

1.) Turning off the lights and any electrical appliances whenever you leave a room. Also be sure to unplug appliances such as TV, radios, DVD players etc as they have stand-by functions that consume electricity even when they are turned off.

2.) Using daylight hours instead of turning on lights and lamps.  Use one big light bulb instead of using a few small ones.  A single 60-watt light bulb, for instance, will gives out more light and consume less energy and than two 40-watt bulbs.

3.) Making use of fluorescent light bulbs as they use 75% less energy and even last longer than incandescent light bulbs.  Always use light bulbs that are low in wattage in sections of your house where you do not need bright light.  In addition to that, always ensure to keep the outdoor lighting turned off during daytime.

4.) Vacuum the coils of your refrigerator regularly so as to lower your power bill and to keep the condenser working better. Remember to cool your food before putting it into the refrigerator.

5.) In addition to preparing several dishes in the oven together, never open the oven door until the food is done with cooking. Always defrost the food before you bake or microwave it.

6.) As a rule, always wash full loads of clothing rather than smaller ones. Use cold water for washing and rinsing the clothes, and never forget to cleanse the lint  filter of your dryer after every load.

7.) When replacing old appliances, look for the most energy efficiency ones.

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