Being stuck at home comes with positives and negatives. The positive is that I’m not spending as much at the bars, but the negative, my energy bill has definitely gone up.
The stay home order is still in effect in NC, so if we have to stay home right now, here are some tips on how to stay home, but not rack up your energy bill.
Turn down your water heater
- Reduce the 140-degree default setting to 120 degrees to save up to $61 per year
Use your dryer efficiently
- Dyers take up 9% of your energy bill so make sure you’re not drying loads that are too big or too small
Check your windows
- make sure your windows are closed and no air is being let out or in to save money.
Use your ceiling fan more often.
- While air conditioning costs about 36 cents an hour, Love says, a ceiling fan only costs about a penny an hour.
Switch out lightbulbs
- LED light bulbs use way less energy
Turn off your unused appliances.
- Don’t leave all your appliances on if you’re not using them.