Who doesn't want to lower their electric bill? Especially if you live in a location where the electric costs a small fortune like here on Long Island. But fret not! In the past four years, with a lot of work and implementing everything you will read here, we were able to lower our yearly KWH usage from 13,634 KWh's in 2013 to 9,670 KWh's in 2013. That is a savings of 3,964 KWh's per year! Wow! The goal was to get below 10,000 KWh's and we exceeded that. What did we do and how can you do it too?
First, we used an energy meter to determine how much energy different appliances were using. For example, we used it on our refrigerator and after seeing how much electric it used and comparing that to the new energy star ones, well replacing it was a no brainer. This saved us the most KWh's. Read about our new Energy Star Refrigerator here.
Second, we decreased how many hours our pool filter runs in the summer. This was a huge savings as well. Read about our Pool Energy Savings here.
The third huge change was switching to all LED bulbs. This was a bit of an expense to start with, but worth every penny! And since we bought in bulk, it wasn't as costly as it could have been. Read why you should switch to LED bulbs here.
Read more below about how we decreased our KWh's and lowered our electric bill.
Decreasing Electric Use - Investment required!
The following cost us money, but our electrical use decreased a lot so they were worth it!
Decreasing Electric Use - Little to No Money required:
These are mostly common sense, but reminders are needed every day in our house :-)
We are always working to save money on our electric bill and continue to replace high energy use appliances with energy star ones. The washer and dryer will be soon! Cant wait to see how much we will save :-)
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!