Energy saving tips to reduce your electric bill
Boost your savings on your electricity bill. Free advice that can save you over $550 a year.
SAN ANTONIO — Summer is coming. This will not only bring sunshine, but higher electricity bills. Additionally, we are already seeing higher bills due to CPS Energy’s recent rate hike. We’ve found free ways to cut your energy costs.
Let’s start with your parents’ rule: turn off unused lights and save $35.
Close the curtains to block out the sun, it saves $20.
Unplug electronics when not in use for another $65 savings.
Reduce the heat in the kitchen so you don’t have to leave. Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked like salads or grilling out to cut $5 off your bill.
Cook with smaller appliances like slow cookers, instant pots, microwaves or toaster ovens to save $13.
“These things are especially good because they’re relatively inexpensive because it’ll keep you from heating up a bigger space when you fire up that oven,” said Christine Patmon of CPS Energy.
Avoid hot drying on your dishwasher for $27 in savings.
Wash clothes in cold water to save $22.
Fill your dryer with multiple loads of laundry before running it to keep $15 in your wallet.
Air dry your laundry outside, if you can, to save $50.
“Why not let the sun do your drying job instead of turning on the dryer inside the house?” said Patmon. “Invest in one of these small laundry racks and put the clothes outside.”
Can’t have a narrow line? Be creative and hang things from your shower rod.
Take a cooler, shorter shower. You’ll save $10 for every minute you cut.
Here’s where you can make big savings: Keep your thermostat at 78 degrees. You’ll save $210. It looks like it’s too toasty, so turn on a fan when you’re in the room. It uses less energy, will refresh you and save you $100.
“It will make you feel four to six degrees cooler,” Patmon said. “I promise you. It works for me all the time. I can crank the thermostat up to 80 degrees as long as I’m in a room with a ceiling fan.”
This will increase the savings on your electricity bill.
Here are some inexpensive options to create more savings:
Change your air filter every month to save $10. You don’t need to use an expensive one.
“If you’re holding this filter to your face and can’t see through it, it needs to be changed,” Patmon said.
Replace bulbs with LED bulbs when incandescent bulbs burn out.
“If you’ve ever touched a regular incandescent light bulb and it was on, you’d probably burn your hand,” Patmon said. “An LED bulb, even after being turned on for hours, remains cool to the touch. This therefore means that these lights do not emit heat into your surroundings.
LED bulbs are more expensive but can save you $55 per bulb for the life of the bulb.