When you get your electric bill every month, it’s probably always more than you expect. Where is all that electricity going, and how can you take serious steps to use less electricity around the house? Figuring out how to cut corners and be smarter about technology and power use doesn’t require a ton of work. You don’t have to hire an electrician to figure out what device or power source is sucking up all that money. Once you’ve figured it on, you’ll be well on your way to spending less per month on costly electric bills. If you’re ready to spend way less money on home electricity each month, here are some ways to root out the main culprit in your home.
Use a Device
You won’t get too far on saving money if you have no idea where all your spending is going. Luckily, it’s easy enough to purchase a plug-in device like a kill-a-watt that will tell you exactly how much electricity you’re using and where you’re using it. The device plugs into your wall to effectively act as a meter, telling you how much electricity you use per hour, per day, or per week. You can closely track usage by taking note of how much it goes up once you plug in your computer or start cooking in the kitchen. You can also use a device like this to compare cost and efficiency between different appliance models on the market, so if you’re using a fridge or air conditioner that’s sucking up way too much electricity, you can start saving for a more efficient model.
Do an Energy Audit
In the same way that gas companies can read your gas meter each month, energy auditors are available to come to your house and check out how much energy you’re using. For many electricity providers, this is actually a free service. Setting up a time for an auditor to come to your home and tell you where you’re losing money can help give you a better sense of what’s taking up a ton of electricity and what you can save. For instance, are you using an outdated kitchen appliance that’s costing a ton to use every day? Do you leave all your appliances plugged in even if you’re not using them? Are your washer and dryer units being overused? Any of these smaller issues could help point you in the direction of major monthly savings.
Get a Home Monitor
Much like a Kill-a-Watt or other plug-in device, you can purchase home electricity monitors that tell you how much you’re using through the day. These are available at home improvement stores as well as larger grocery stores, and they can actually be configured to communicate with a program on your computer to deliver statistics in real time. That means you can be online doing work while tracking your electricity usage and getting a to-the-minute breakdown of where you’re losing the most money. These devices range anywhere from about $80 to $250.