Saving money in today’s economic climate is usually at the top of people’s to-do lists. That being said there are surely ways in which your devices, lights and appliances may be costing you more money than you realize. Below is a list that outlines possible culprits in sucking the money right out of your home and what to do to curb that extra power consumption.
Plugged in Appliances Will Bleed You Dry
Certain appliances will always stay plugged in. Your refrigerator isn’t something you unplug or turn off. You need it and certain other appliances on at all times and ultimately, have to deal with that. However, a flat panel TV or a computer still draws power when turned off but they remain plugged in. So when you go on vacation for a long weekend or a week or more, those electronics can end up costing you big. Unplug any electronics that aren’t in use and you should see a little relief on your next power bill.
Stop Charging When Full
Much like eating, you should unplug your devices whenever they’ve reached 90 to 100%. You’re don’t need to eat every minute, 24/7 to survive, right? Well, chances are the same goes for your rechargeable devices. Don’t be surprised by how many things you charge in your house. Devices like iPhones, iPads, Kindles, laptops, wine openers, spot vacuums, are only a handful of the many items that are constantly charging in our homes. Give them a break for two reasons: it’s bad for the battery to charge incessantly and unplugging can help reduce your power bill.
Turn Off the Lights!
It’s great to be able to see, but as Americans, we leave the lights on in too many rooms way too often. Though it doesn’t seem like much, the constant lighting of empty or vacant rooms, garages and porches can really add up. As long as it’s not a safety concern, turn lights off whenever you can to conserve energy and save you money. Switching to energy saving LED bulbs can also cut down on your energy costs as well as your actual bulb costs. On average LED bulbs last 50 times longer than conventional incandescent light bulbs.
The Internet is Draining Your Bank Account
Our constant need to stay connected puts us in a quandary of sorts. You need to stay connected for work and you want to stay connected for social activities and interests. However, the power that is sucked up just to supply your home with Wi-Fi is an extremely large amount. If you’re going to be gone for a week, or for 8 or more hours a day, turn your Wi-Fi off to help you save money. There’s no sense in supplying wireless service to people who aren’t there. Try to only have your Wi-Fi turned on when you’re home and awake, you might just be impressed with how much you’re saving.