Unless you live off-the-grid, electricity tends to be a big expense on the homestead. Paying for power is a necessity, however, it doesn’t have to break the budget. Making some changes in the home and being aware of what appliances you use and when can help you cut those costs. Learning to save electricity can be beneficial to homesteaders.

Below is a list of 60 ways you can save electricity in your home. The more of these actions you can take the more you can save on your annual power costs.

 

60 Ways to Save Electricity in Your Home

 

  1. Shut your doors and close the curtains during the day. This keeps the heat out in the summer allowing your house to stay cooler.
  2. Wash clothes in cold water.
  3. Run your fridge efficiently. Keep it full.
  4. Insulate your roof. The most heat escapes through the roof.
  5. Dress for the temperature, less for summer, more for winter.
  6. Set your thermostat lower in winter and higher in summer.
  7. Turn off heaters and coolers if not needed.
  8. Stop standby power loss from electronic devices plugged in when not needed.
  9. Save energy in the kitchen.
  10. Use energy efficient bulbs or (low energy) LEDs.
  11. Turn off lights when not needed.
  12. Take shorter showers.
  13. Fix leaky faucets.
  14. Hang dry clothes.
  15. Skip the heat dry setting on the dishwasher.
  16. Use the microwave, crockpot and toaster oven instead of the stove.
  17. Use energy efficient appliances.
  18. Use skylights for natural daylight.
  19. Incorporate solar power.
  20. Have a smart meter put in your home.
  21. Use weather stripping, plastic windows.
  22. Install chimney balloons in fireplace chimneys.
  23. Turn temperature down on the hot water tank.
  24. Insulate the hot water tank.
  25. Use motion detector lights not continuously on lights outside.
  26. Repair/replace fridge door seals.
  27. Fill the freezer.
  28. Keep the lint filter clean in the dryer.
  29. Use the Grill
  30. Install tap aerators.
  31. Install a low flow shower head.
  32. Use a power strip and turn it off.
  33. Turn off the computer.
  34. Place reflectors behind radiators.
  35. Unplug cell phones when charged.
  36. Use a programmable thermostat.
  37. Switch to a gas furnace.
  38. Cover floors with carpet.
  39. Plant trees around your home.
  40. Vacuum refrigerator coils once annually.
  41. Put lids on pots when cooking.
  42. Keep doors shut.
  43. Insulate the floors.
  44. Turn the tap off when brushing teeth.
  45. Watch less tv and read a book.
  46. Use glass or ceramic dishes in the oven.
  47. Don’t open the oven door until done.
  48. Don’t browse in the refrigerator or freezer.
  49. Allow food to completely cool before placing in the refrigerator.
  50. Don’t block the radiator with furniture.
  51. Aim the ceiling fan down in winter and up in the summer.
  52. Recharge batteries don’t replace them.
  53. Fix a leaking toilet.
  54. Defrost your fridge often.
  55. Buy an LCD or LED Tv.
  56. Replace filters on air conditioners and heaters.
  57. Install a dimmer switch.
  58. Bake more than 1 meal at a time.
  59. Install a dimmer switch.
  60. Clean and repair air conditioning vents and ducts regularly.

Bonus suggestion:  Install a windmill.

 

Find over 60 ways to save electicity in your home.

 

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