The Top 12 No-Hassle Ways to Save Electricity at Home

The easiest way to save on your electrical bill is to get smart with how you use electricity. Make the smart choices below, and save up to $500 a year on your power bill!

  1. Turn off the lights – if you’re not using them, shut them off and save.
  2. Use natural lighting – South-facing windows provide especially great illumination throughout the day.
  3. Use lamps and task-lighting – If you’ve got lamps, track lighting or under-counter lighting, use it over the main lights.
  4. Turn off water when brushing your teeth – And when you’re shaving or washing your hands. Don’t let that tap run!
  5. Take short showers – Hot water is very pricey. Take shorter showers and less baths and save!
  6. Check and repair leaky faucets – A leaky faucet can cost $30 – $40 a year in energy costs.
  7. Unplug electronics – Most people don’t realize that electronics are always draining power constantly in their standby modes.
  8. Get a new TV – If you’re still rocking a CRT, the time has come to upgrade to a nice new LCD. It’ll save you in the long run.
    Upgrade your computer – If you’ve got a desktop machine, the time has come to upgrade to a laptop.
  9. Wash your laundry in cold – Save $40 a year by washing your laundry in cold water.
  10. Fill the washer – By running less fuller loads of laundry, you can save $40 a year.
  11. Put a towel in the dryer – Save up to $30 a year by reducing drying times.
  12. Turn down the thermostat – By lowering the temperature by just 2 degrees, you can save 5% on your electric heating bill.