8 Tips to lower the cost of your utility bills
Ever since lockdowns and work-from-home arrangements, more and more jobs are transitioning to full or partial WFH arrangement. Already taken steps to reduce your utility bills but know you can do better? Here are additional tips you may not have thought of to help save you more costs.
1. Stick with an open concept floor plan
Many homeowners overlook the benefit of open floor plans: lower utility bills! An open floor plan allows for more natural light and ventilation to come through to the different areas of the home, so this means less reliance on artificial lighting and cooling devices.
2. Ensuring your refrigerator it not fully occupied
Unknown to many homeowners, filling your refrigerator to the brim will cost you. This is due to many items in the refrigerator blocking up the vents but a near-empty fridge means your appliance has to work extra hard to keep things cool inside since cold items in the fridge can help to keep temperatures low.
3. Be wary of where you position your refrigerator
When choosing a location for your refrigerator, place it in an area where it’s away from other sources of heat like your oven or hob as well as from direct sunlight. Keeping it close to these heat sources will make your fridge work harder to keep things cool inside.
4. Settle on a washing machine with the right capacity
Waters and electricity is consumed everytime a load is run. By ensuring your washing machine capacity fits your household size, you will be receiving savings. Too small, and you will likely need to run a couple more loads in a week. Too large, and you are wasting extra water and electricity every time you run a load.
5. Using cold water in your washing machines
In a typical wash cycle, hot water will almost always use up more electricity than cold water. So unless your clothes are very soiled (rarely the case), always stick to cold water when washing your clothes. Use the right amount of detergent so you won’t need to extend the rinsing cycle. For those air drying your clothes, reducing the spin cycle can also help to cut down on energy use.
6. Rely on task lights rather than ambient lights
Ambient lights like your ceiling and overhead lights help to illuminate the entire space, therefore requiring quite a bit of energy. Task lighting, on the other hand, is more focused and illuminates a smaller area. By switching on your task lighting more often, you reduce the need to rely on your ambient lights, resulting in extra cost savings.
7. Opt for lower brightness on your electronic devices
It may be an unnecessary habit to switch up the brightness on your TVs at home, but the trade-off is that it’s going to push your utility bills upwards since it consumes more energy. In addition, staring at too bright screens can also strain your eyes. By reducing the brightness and contrast levels on your TV and smart devices, you can easily save a good portion of your monthly bill!
8. Unplug devices when not in use
Also known as vampire power. This is the energy that gets consumed and wasted just because your appliances and devices are plugged in even when they are not in use. We all know it can be a pain to plug things in and out, but it definitely beats seeing your too-high bills at the end of the month (vampire power is estimated to take up at least 10% of our utility bills). Common culprits that are wasting energy and can be easily unplugged when not in use include: electric kettles, coffee makers, phone charges, electric toothbrushes, smart devices, microwave ovens, air fryers, robot vacuums and printers.
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