Tips to make your electricity bill go down

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Tips to make your electricity bill go down

With winter approaching, here are a few tips to apply on a daily basis to lower your energy consumption and save a good deal of money.

Control temperature in your home

  • Reduce the temperature in rooms that are unoccupied. You can easily lower it to 15 or 16 °C.
  • Lower the temperature by 3 to 4 °C when you're away during the day and when you're sleeping at night.
  • Install electronic thermostats. They are more accurate and will make your electricity bill go down.
  • During the day, leave curtains open to let the heat of the sun come in. By night, close them to keep the heat inside.

Good insulation is essential

Women window

  • Check if your doors and windows let the heat out. Don't hesitate to caulk them if it's the case.
  • Don't hesitate to apply a plastic film over windows to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Check your dryer's duct and the chimney's air vent (if you don't use it). You must keep an eye on those entry points.

Other tips to apply to save money

Someone washing dishes

  • Make sure there is no furniture blocking your electric heaters or radiators.
  • Got old appliances? When you buy new ones, choose some that are low consumption.
  • Use low-flow showerheads.
  • Clean up accumulated dust in heating devices.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water.
  • Aerate the rooms of your home, and this, even in winter. Make sure to reduce the temperature first.
  • Whenever possible, choose hang drying to avoid using the dryer.
  • Unplug electronic devices when they're not in use. In fact, most of the energy consumption occurs when they're turned off.