5 simple ways to save money on your energy bills

Have you ever opened your utility bill and been surprised by how much energy you’ve used over the past month? Like many people, you’ve probably wondered if there are actions you can take to lower your bill.

Here are 5 simple things you can start doing today that will save you money:

  1. Turn off lights when you leave the room

  2. The first tip may feel like it’s the most obvious but  here is why it’s so important: According to Mr. Electric, you can save up to $6.60 for every 1,000 kWh per bulb — that’s about three store-bought coffees per bulb!

  3. Turn down the thermostat

  4. The second tip is another that might make you roll your eyes but it’s the little things that can quickly add up! According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the rule of thumb is that you can save about 3% on your gas bill for every degree you decrease your thermostat.

  5. Use focused lighting

  6. This tip is one that may break some hearts but sacrifices must be made! According to BC Hydro if you turn off those big, beautiful ceiling lights and swap them out for table lamps you can save $9 a year just for using a smaller bulb!

  7. Love your socks!

  8. This tip is a personal favorite for sock lovers everywhere! One of the most easily forgotten things when thinking about our bodies is that the two most important parts to keep covered to maintain body heat are our head and feet. If you wear socks more often, your body will retain more heat making it easier to keep the thermostat lower!

  9. Mood lighting is key

  10. Our final tip comes from cnet.com and is a huge plus for everyone out there that loves mood lighting! Installing a dimmer switch and dimming the lights reduces wattage and output which helps save energy, according to the US Department of Energy. Some dimmers can even be controlled by an app making those times you forgot to turn the lights off when you left the house no problem at all!

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