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21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity

21 small changes can add up to big savings on your bills

The best way to start saving on your electricity costs is to get smart with how you use electricity. Make these 21 no-cost changes in your home and you could save $500 or more a year, depending on a number of factors including the size of your home.

Now’s the time to also join Team Power Smart and start a Reduction Challenge. If you can deliver on most of the 21 changes below, you could reduce your electricity use by 10% over the year and earn a $50 reward.

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity1. Turn off unnecessary lights

Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off an extra two hours per day could save you $15 over a year. Better yet, switch to LED.
Save $15

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity2. Use natural light

A single south-facing window can illuminate 20 to 100 times its area. Turning off one 60-watt bulb for four hours a day is a $9 saving over a year.
Save $9

 

21 small changes can add up to big savings on your bills3. Use task lighting

Turn off ceiling lights and use table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights in work and hobby areas as well as in kitchens.
Save $6

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity4. Take shorter showers

Hot water is expensive. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30 over a year.
Save $30

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity5. Turn water off when shaving, washing hands, brushing teeth

Reduce your hot water usage by 5% to save about $19.
Save $19

 

 

6. Fix that leaky faucet

Fixing a hot water leak in your faucet can save up to $9 per year in energy costs. Learn how to fix that leak.
Save $9

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity7. Unplug unused electronics

Standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Unplug unused electronics and save $50 a year.
Save $50

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity8. Ditch the desktop computer

If you’re still using that old desktop, recycle it and switch to your laptop. If you use your laptop two hours per day, you’ll save $4 over a year.
Save $4

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity9. Not home? Turn off the air conditioner

Turn off that old window unit air conditioner for five hours a day while you’re away. Do that for 60 days over a summer and you’ll save $16.
Save $16

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity10. Recycle or donate that old TV

 Recycle or donate your old T.V.. Even if you’re just using it an hour a day, that 42-inch LCD is costing you six bucks a year.
Save $6

 

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity11. Manage your thermostat

If you have electric heat, lower your thermostat by two degrees to save 5% on your heating bill. Lowering it five degrees could save 10%.  
Save $120

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity12. Be strategic with window coverings

Promote airflow through your home and block the afternoon sun. You could save you up to $10 (2 fans) or $45 (1 window unit AC) during the summer.
Save $45

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity13. Reduce heat in the kitchen

Avoid using the oven in summer – try salads, smoothies or barbecue. You’ll reduce the heat in your home and save on your home cooling costs.
Save $5

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity14. Run full loads

Cut one load of wash per week, even if you’re already using cold water only, and you could save $18 a year on your laundry costs.
Save $18

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity15. Wash laundry in cold

By switching from hot to cold water for an average of three loads per week, you could save up to $22 per year on your energy bill.
Save $22

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity16. Hang dry your laundry

If you do eight loads of laundry a week and use your clothesline for 50% of those clothes, you could save $65 a year.
Save $65

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity17. Toss a towel in the dryer

A dry towel added to your dryer load can significantly reduce drying times. If you’re doing seven loads a week this could save you $27 a year.
Save $27

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity18. Be efficient with refrigeration

Keep your fridge and freezer at their ideal temperature. For your fridge this is between 2°C and 3°C and your freezer should be at -18°C.
Save $25

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity19. Unplug your second fridge

Unplug that second fridge and save up to $55 a year. Freeze plastic jugs of water and use them in a cooler when you need them.
Save $55

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity20. Skip the heat-dry setting for the dishwasher

That heat-dry setting is expensive. De-select it and, based on one load of dishes a day, save up to $27 for the year.
Save $27

 

21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity21. Use the microwave, crock pot or toaster oven

A microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as 1 hour in an oven. Use a microwave instead of your oven 4 times a week and save $13/year.
Save $13