It is a fact that we spend a lot on our electricity bills. According to Statistica,Non-commercial annual energy consumption per residential customer was 10,700-kilowatt hours in the United States between 1990 and 2016.
In this post, I will present some quick tips to reduce your electricity bills which can help you to save some money surely.
So let’s start.
How to Reduce Electricity Bill
Use Solar Energy (Non-Conventional Power Source)
Installing a Solar panel at home can be your first step to reduce your electric usage at home.
There are mainly two ways Solar energy can be utilized for your need for home electricity.
The first one is Photovoltaic Conversion (PV) which is used to convert solar energy to electricity and another one is Solar Thermal Conversion which is used to generate heat from the solar energy to use for various home utility equipment.
The Solar panel consists of photovoltaic cells which knock electrons from the atoms to generate electricity.
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As of 2018, the most advanced solar panels can convert up to 23% the amount of available solar energy that gets converted into electricity.
Use of Biogas
The use of Biogas can be very effective as a non-conventional energy source and if used properly can lower your electricity bills.
What is Bio Gas?
Biogas is a combustible mixture of gas that is produced through a natural organic matter degradation process. This process allows an economic development that respects the environment without resorting to fossil energies and whose combustion can directly affect the greenhouse effect.
Biogas mainly consists of Methane (CH4), Carbon dioxide(CO2,) and Water (H2O).
The main principle of using the Biogas is to convert the chemical energy into the mechanical energy by using a heat engine
These heat engines use combustion engines for generating heat and electricity which is more economical for small household uses.
According to SSWM Biogas generate 17,272GWh a year in Europe alone!
The use of the Biogas not only help to lower the conventional electricity usage but also has a low maintenance cost and life-long span.
Use of CFL Bulbs
The use of CFL bulbs can lower your electric bills in a significant way. Compared to normal incandescent lamps they can save up to $60 per year.
These CFL bulbs can last longer and can have a lifetime of 10,000 hours. They are 75% more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lamps. A typical CFL uses 40 to 50% of its input energy to convert in light compared to only 10-12 % in a normal bulb.
Use of The Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is now becoming a huge trendsetter in our daily lives. One of the most important applications of (IoT) is making ‘Smart Homes’
For an example, take the example of the Thermostat.
It simply doesn’t require to heat the room all day long when no-one is there in the house. Isn’t it great to work only when it is required?
Now with the advent of (IoT) enabled Thermostat you can control the temperature of your room remotely which makes it more energy efficient.
Another example of this smart home concept is the Water Heaters . Suppose you return home every day at 9:00 pm at night. And after that, you want to take a quick hot shower.
Now with a click of a button, you can schedule your water heater to start function just 1 hour before you reach home. Continuing this schedule can significantly lower your energy consumption and surely helps to lower your electric bill at the month end.
Use Dimmer Switches
Using dimmer switches is a smart option to reduce the electricity usage and it make sure you only use the light you require!
Using Ceiling Fans
Using ceiling fans can help to circulate the air throughout the room. They also help you to make the room cooler which helps your air conditioner run smoother.
Position your Switchboard Strategically
Believe it or not, We are lazy! So positioning of the switchboard can be tricky.This is one of the most important parts which is often ignored.
Suppose you have two fans running in two rooms on two floors. Now if you keep a central switchboard to turn on/off all the fans at once it is far more easy to maintain them. Keep the central switchboard close to your bed so you can switch them straight from your bed!
Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances
Are you using the same old A.C. for 10 years? Then it is time to invest in a better Energy Star model. A 5- star energy efficient refrigerator can help you to cut down your electricity bills significantly. Also, keep your fridge full all the time. Because food acts as insulation and dramatically require less power to make it cool.
Always plat some trees surrounding your home. The trees not only supply fresh oxygen but also provide shade to your home to make your air conditioning system work more efficiently!
Schedule your HVAC maintenance at least twice a year to run all things smoother.
Use Off-Peak Rates
Many regions offer Off-Peak rates for electricity consumptions. So if your city has such faculty then you can run all your laundry machines.diswashers in this time to lower your electricity consumption.
Make use of insulating paint. You can also buy a ceramic additive that turns ordinary paint into the insulating paint which can work great for you.
Cleaning Refrigerator’s Coils
Dirty condenser coils can consume a lot of energy summing up into your electricity bills, so try to clean them at least twice a month for the optimum performance.
Simply unplug your unused electronics as standby power can contribute up to 10% for an average household’s annual electricity use.
Hope the above tips will help to cut your electricity bill and save some money. Feel free to share any other tips which I missed in the comment box below.