Are you surprised by looking at the amount on your energy bill? You can try a few tips and tricks that can help you reduce that number by 30-40 %. You don’t have to compromise on your lifestyle to lower your energy bills. All you have to do is cut down on unnecessary usage of appliances in your house.

Here are the 7 ways to lower your energy bill

1. Tune up your fridge

By properly tuning up your refrigerator you can reduce its energy consumption by more than 40 %. Don’t overstuff your refrigerator with unnecessary items in it. Overstuffing will prevent every item in the refrigerator from getting equally cooled.

2.  Install solar panels

Installing solar panels in your home is another way to lower your energy bill. Knowing how much you are currently paying per watt is very important to calculate your energy savings. Solar energy is endless and completely free. But there is some installation cost in the beginning.

3. Wash clothes with cold water

Switch off the heater on your washing machine and lower your energy bill by 90 %. Yes, it’s true that almost 90 % of the energy consumed by your washing machine is just to heat up the water. Washing your clothes with cold water is as good as doing the same with hot water.

4. Regularly maintain your AC

I agree that air conditioners are very essential during summers but they are not easy on your budget. Most people think by switching off the AC intermittently they can lower their energy bill. But this is not true. In fact, by doing this it will have to restart the cooling process and consume a ton of energy while doing so.

5. Cook on a fire pit

By using a fire pit or a barbeque pit to cook food, you not only lower your energy bill but also adopt a healthy outgoing lifestyle. Who doesn’t like camping in the woods with their family? To use a fire pit, all you need is some dry wood and open space where you can set up the fire pit.

6. Turn off the lights when not required

An average American home has more than 30 lights in total. Leaving all the lights on can create a serious dent in your wallet. Only turn on the lights when you need them. By switching the unused lights on, you can save up to $150 per year. Another way to lower your energy bill is by replacing all the bulbs in your home with CFL’s. CFL’s consume 60-70% less energy than the tradition bulbs like halogen and Incandescent.

7. Don’t watch too much TV

It’s a scientifically proven fact that watching too much TV leads to brain cell damage in people of all ages. Why risk your health by doing this unproductive activity? You can also save a lot of money on energy bills by reducing your TV watching time.

Conclusion

All the above points lead to one thing only. That is, to use energy wisely and save money on energy bills. Setting up solar panels in your home is a great idea if you can afford the high initial cost. It can pay dividends in the long term as the solar energy is free and the panels are low maintenance.