1. Off Peak Hours- Contact your energy company and ask them what their off-peak hours are. They are sometimes listed on their site. During the off-peak hours you’ll be charged a lower rate for the electricity you use. I found my utility company’s website detailing the costs and times of day. (On-peak hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Off-peak hours: 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.) This will give you an outline when is the best time to do laundry, run dishwashers or any other household appliances that consume a lot of energy.
2. Smart Power Strips- They now have power strips that turn themselves off after a time limit or the main power source turns off. This is great for family room so when the TV goes off so does the entertainment devices.
3. Do your laundry during off-peak hours washing your clothes in cold water only- I haven’t wash my clothes in hot water in years. It can sometime cause damage to your clothes and increases your heating cost. Washing in off-peak hours give you a discounted rate for a few hours.
4. Laundry- When doing laundry make sure you are doing full load and not a few outfits here and there. This makes a major difference when calculating utilities cost.
5. LED/ CFL Bulbs- CFLs and LEDs use 75% less energy without sacrificing light output. CFLs last 10 times longer while LEDs can last up to 25 years longer.
6. Turn off the lights- This might seem like something so small but has the biggest impact. Ever walked into everyone room in your house and noticed the lights are on with no one in there? Make sure you turn off the lights after leaving a room to solve this.
7. Use table lamps to light a room instead of turning on the main overhead light.
8. Open the Blinds/Curtains- There is nothing better than natural sun light to brighten up your home in the early morning. In the winter this will help warm your home but remember to close them at night to keep peeping Tom’s out.
9. Porch Light- If all you visitors have left for the night make sure you turn off the porch light before going to bed.
10. Nightlights- Have kids or hallways that get really dark at night? Plug in a few night lights in the dark hallways instead of leaving on overhead light to light the way during those trips to the bathroom.
11. Power Strips- Are you that person with 8 devices plugged into a power strip? Remember every second it is plugged in its draws electricity. Remember after your devices are charged or you no longer have a need for them to switch the power strip off.