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10 Things You Can Do To Reduce Electricity Bill

From the Stone Age to this nuclear age, we have come across a huge change in every field. This change is not only reflected in the field of science and technology, but also in our day today life. Where there is a large usage of technology.

New technical gadgets make our life comfortable. Like Desktops, Smart phones, laptops, etc. Apart from these technical devices we have a large number of electrical devices that we use. Like washing machines, mixer and grinder, food processor, electric lamp, tube lights, air conditioners, thermostats refrigerators etc.

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On one side these electronic items saves the time to do the job with their help but on the other side it consumes a lot of electricity and that results to a huge electricity bill. For a common man this is a big problem. But now you need not worry about it. We are providing you some tips that you can make use of and can reduce the electricity bill.

Here are 10 things that you can do to reduce electricity bill. 

1. Use Energy Star Certified Products

Instead of using normal electric products you can switch to Energy Star Certified products that consume lesser amount of energy then the normal electric products. Especially in energy intensive products like refrigerator, AC, cloth dryer and water heater. The Department of Energy labels this energy star on such expensive and big appliances. You can also buy tube lights, light bulbs, TVs etc on the basis of its Energy Star Certified.

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2. Use Programmable Thermostat 

In every family there is a problem regarding the thermostat. And especially in case of relative they force you to strictly set it as high or low as they want. But now you can easily get rid of this problem by using a programmable thermostat. That allows you to set it automatically as per your family want to.

A programmable thermostat does not costs very high, you can buy it in the reasonable rate and reduce your electricity bills.

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3. Elastomeric Coating 

Elastomeric Coating is a mixture of polymers that is water-resistant, durable, flexible, etc. This coating makes your roofs cooler and much energy-efficient so you don’t feel too hot in the summer.

It helps to increase your roofs’ lifetime and resists water. Elastomeric coating is inexpensive and easily available also. Only heavy but inexpensive paint rollers and extensive pole with them is needed to apply Elastomeric Coating on your roofs and walls.

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4. Technical Checkout

Technical checkout is like call up a team of professional technicians. Make sure that all your heating appliances and ventilation systems are working properly, sometimes we don’t think of this simple way but it can also help you to reduce the electricity bill. The team of professionals will make all simple repairs and checkout for any leakage if there. You should ensure that you are using the wires of the proper standard as its thickness should be minimum 7 inches and thermal resistance of R-38.

5. Reusable AC Filters

How many of you use reusable filters on your air conditioner, heating and ventilators. Almost everybody use permanent filters just to save some money for few years but it costs them a lot in their utility bill.

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Using your AC filters for long makes its HVAC system less efficient and also cost more in your electricity bills. Because of this dirt and neglect can cause the HVAC units to be over before completing their time period. While using reusable filters when it gets hidden by the dirt and anything else you can simple change it or hose off it. This costs you even less than that.

So, use reusable filters that can be changed in every 3 or 4 months instead of a permanent filter that persist for long but also cost as that.

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6. Upgrade Appliances 

Many people use their electric appliances till they retire. But doing this makes them less efficient and consumes more energy. So, they are needed to be upgraded with the time, to reduce your utility bill.

In many states and also the government provides their employees with financial incentives to upgrade their appliances with the new one and more energy-efficient.

7. Don’t Let Hot Water Scale Your Electricity Bill

According to the Environment Protection Agency estimates, a water heater set at 140 degrees or higher can also higher the electricity bill. This can cost you $35-$60 annually in standby heat looses that keeps the water at that temperature and more than $390 to hot the fresh at the same temperature.

So as to save money you should set the water heater at 120 degrees that is normal. And turn it off and make use of gas heater when you want to save more.

8. Separate Water Meter

The electricity bill composed of not only electricity bill that you use for electric appliance but also for the water bill that is charged according to the usage of the water.

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There is a thing that most of you might not know of. This is that you are charged twice every month, one to pump it for your house and other to pump it for sewage use. From both of these the household usage of water is for which you should pay. So, to save your money you should use separate water meter that measures only the usage to irrigate, for outdoor, to water pools. And it did not include the utility for sewage.

This will reduce your water usage and also the water bill so as the total electricity bill will be reduced.

9. Be Active at Night

In day time you can do all the things before told to reduce the electricity bill. But there is another thing that is a major point to keep in mind while saving the money.

You just have to take out a few minutes at the night and perform an inspection in your house to make sure that all the electric appliances that are no more in use turn them off.

This might be a lethargic task but it can help you to reduce your electricity bill so be active and do it.

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10. Final Inspection

Whenever you go out of your house make sure that all electric devices are switched off or else do so. Now there are lots of apps also available that helps you in doing so.

These apps help you to turn off the lights or other things if you forget to turn it off before leaving the house.

About the author

Alka Saha

Alka Saha has done Masters in Computer Science from University of Delhi, India. She is a passionate blogger, technology lover, plays chess, innovative, likes to express her views via blog and is a music lover. She has been blogging since 2011 and has contributed a number of great articles to the internet. Connect with Alka on Twitter.

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