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5 Ways to Lower Your Monthly Energy Bill With No Sacrifices

Tired of high energy bills? Most people are. According to ENERGYSTAR, the typical home spends $2,200 a year on energy for their home.

Tired of high energy bills? Most people are. According to ENERGYSTAR, the typical home spends $2,200 a year on energy for their home.

But lowering the cost is easier than you think - you don’t have to buy expensive “green” products or do something crazy like turn your thermostat way up.

In fact, you can easily lower your monthly energy bill with no sacrifices at all.

Here are 5 ways to do just that.

1) Make sure your air vents are open and clean

If your air conditioner struggles to keep your home cool, this may be the culprit. All of your vents should be open so that your air conditioner does not have to run longer than it needs to to cool your home. Closing the vents will only hurt you.

Also, they need to be clean so that the conditioned air can easily pass through the vents.

2) Turn on your ceiling fan + turn up your thermostat

Turning your ceiling fan on makes you feel cooler, allowing you to turn up the thermostat 4 degrees without feeling uncomfortable, according to Energy.gov.

This will lower your energy bill substantially since, according to The New York Times, a typical 3-ton air conditioner costs $0.36 per hour to run while a ceiling fan at medium speed can run for 3 hours before the energy costs add up to one penny,

Just make sure you:

3) Turn down your the water heater’s temperature setting

Your water heater is shipped to you at a factory setting of 140 F. But, honestly, that’s hotter than it needs to be. Keeping it at this temperature wastes, according to Energy Star, “anywhere from $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses and more than $400 in demand losses.”

Turn the water heater’s temperature down to 120 F, and you’ll be saving in no time!

4) Unplug electronics that are “energy vampires”

According to Florida Power & Light (FPL), there are many electronics in your home that continue to suck power when you’re not using them. That’s why they’re called “energy vampires.”

These electronics include:

  • TVs (Especially larger and plasma TVs which use more electricity and produce more heat, making your A/C run more.)
  • Stereos
  • DVD/Bluray players and DVRs
  • Cell phone or battery chargers

Unplugging these when you’re not using them (or plugging them into a power strip with an on/off switch and hitting “off”) can save you $100 a year.

5) Don’t do dishes or wash clothes during “peak” hours

“Peak” hours are the times when your energy company will charge you more per kilowatt hour (kWh).

Knowing when these peak hours are will show you when it’s most energy efficient to use your dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer.

FPL’s peak hours depend on the time of the year:

  • Nov. 1 - March 31: Monday through Friday between 6 am. to 10 am, and 6 pm. to 10 pm. excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • April 1 – Oct. 31: Monday through Friday during the hours from noon to 9pm., excluding Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day


Graph of FPL’s peak hours


Want more ways to lower your energy bills? Check out our blog posts. They contain several how-tos, tips and advice on saving you money through lower energy bills.