We are quickly approaching Midsummer. Here that means the temperature will soon reach triple digits. While I admire those who live off grid, it just isn’t feasible for my family at this time. So, my mission is to minimize our energy consumption and carbon footprint. As of 5/31, we now pay an average of $51 a month for electricity. Here are the top 5 ways we reduced our electric bill.
Install blinds and blackout curtains
I love to have the sun pouring into the house. Unfortunately, the sun also raises the temperature in the house. Two years ago, I installed energy saving blinds and blackout curtains. I didn’t have a large budget, so I just went to the local discount store. The total cost was about $30 per window. We can literally feel the difference in the temperature particularly late in the afternoons. The only downside is that the house can feel like a cave at times. (Did I mention that I crave sunshine?) I compensate by opening the curtains whenever the temperature is pleasant.
Caulk and add insulation around the windows and doors
I have a favorite chair. It’s located near the front door. When we first moved in, I could literally feel a breeze coming in from outside. Now, I am not particularly handy; however, this was a very easy project. I spent around $20 on caulk and insulation strips. It did take a bit of time, but it was completely worth it. I can no longer feel a breeze from outside.
Install a clothes line
My grandmother did not own an electric dryer until around 1970. Even so, she still used a clothes line whenever possible. I have fond memories of doing the laundry with her and being too small to reach the clothes line. At that time, I wanted nothing more than to be able to pin the clothes to the line.
I began line drying clothes shortly after we moved to the homestead. I line dry everything that I can. When I do use the dryer, I can literally feel it heating up the house. In addition to saving electricity, line drying clothes also decreases the amount of wear and tear on your clothing. As a result, clothes tend to last longer which saves even more money.
A ceiling fan can reduce the temperature of a room by three degrees. We have ceiling fans in every room. I also purchased energy efficient fans to use when the weather is not quite warm enough to warrant use of the air conditioning.
Install an energy efficient HVAC unit
I was hesitant to add this one to the list because it is so expensive. However, it has really made a big difference in our electric bill. Last year, our central heat and air finally gave out. The old unit was at least 15 to 20 years old. (It predated our history with the property.) I really dislike discarding items, but it just didn’t make financial sense to keep repairing it. It was a huge investment, but we have seen a significant drop in our electric bill after switching to an energy efficient model.
Please leave your energy saving tips in the comments below. I’m always looking for ways to decrease our carbon footprint and save money.
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