Would this help saving some electric bill cost?

United States
July 14, 2011 7:15pm CST
As I discuss a couple days before about the expensive electric bill for last month. I would like to significantly saving those cost on next month. I am not saying that I would totally get rid of A/C, because on the last couple of days, the temperature gone up to over 98 degrees on the afternoon, and I guess not many people can bear such heat. I would like to cut the cost from the small thing. Like I always have my laptop plugged in the outlet, and the television set and other electronic devices plugged in. Should I unplug them when I don't use them, would this help save a bit of electricity? Any useful advise here.
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@Masihi (4228)
• Canada
15 Jul 11
Yep, unplug anything that's not in use. We also use those eco-friendly lightbulbs (the curly white ones). Instead of using 4 lights in the bathrooms, we just use one bright one - the curly one again. We don't use a dryer at all. We have energy-efficient refrigerator and stove. Hmmm.....trying to think some more here...try to seal up all the drafts, to keep your house insulated and up-to-date. Anyway, that's all I can think of at the top of my head, we just rent a 2-bedroom flat, so I wouldn't know too much on saving energy for a house.
15 Jul 11
Those are all great tips! I'll add one: newer appliances are a lot more efficient and (at least in the US and CA and, I think, most of EU) they have efficiency ratings on them. e.g. Buying a new fridge to replace a 10-year-old one is actually (usually) a lot better for the environment than you'd imagine and they're not always the most expensive.
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@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
15 Jul 11
Unplugged unused appliances too, ironing and washing of clothes on a weekly basis, on A/C, we only turn it on on the heatest part of the day which is 11am to 2pm. We turn it off afterwards then turn on the electric fan. We disregard using some appliances too like dish dryer, water heater. When watching tv, we turn off the lights too. I was about to buy yet the energy saving light bulb
• Philippines
15 Jul 11
Yes, I have heard also that unplugging sockets and switches can reduce electricity consumption. I think I got that from a teacher of mine as far as I can remember. Well, there really is nothing to lose if you do that kind of habit. Do you have a microwave oven in your place. I think microwave ovens do consume a lot of electricity so limiting it's use would greatly help your goal of reducing electricity costs.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
15 Jul 11
Hi king, I always unplug any electrical device when not in use. Some device may still use a certain percentage of wattage when switched off and unplugged. A remote-controlled TV, for example, has a sensor that stays on and uses almost ten percent of the rated power which it draws from the circuit. Thus a 75-watt TV may use 7.5 watt per hour if it stays plugged on. The same goes for stereo components, DVD players, UPS in computers and laptop batteries, to name just a few of them.
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@Shellyann36 (8558)
• United States
15 Jul 11
What we have done is close off the vents to rooms not being used. Keep all of the curtains/blinds closed to keep the sun light and heat out. Unplugging items that are not being used is a good way to help out as well. Even though it is not turned on if it is plugged in it is still using the juice. Keep your AC set at a certain temperature and do not alter it. We keep ours between 72 to 75 degrees. We also use fans in the hotter rooms. Don't use the oven or broiler to cook, use the crock pot if you can. All of these things should help.
@wazabe (154)
• Canada
15 Jul 11
Yes, its better to unplug devices that are not being used. Not only does it save you a little bit of money but it can save you from electrical-related accidents.
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• United States
15 Jul 11
One of the things we do in my house is turn the temperature of the water heater down 10 degrees. The water still gets hot and it drops your bill a few dollars (for us it did anyway).
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@marguicha (83773)
• Chile
21 Jul 11
We have a few days in Summer with that heat in the afternoon, but I don´t have A/C at home. I use cotton shorts and T shirts at home and wet my hair. AC is something that came into being less than 100 years ago and the human race has been atound a lot longer. We, as a country, saved a lt of electricity when our ex presidend asked us to please try to use those modern long life electric bulbs as much as we could. I only have the normal ones near my computer and in my night table as the others don´t give as much light and I can´t see. I had a meter placed at home that has 3 different rates for electricity, depending on the time of the day you use it. The lowest is from 10 PM to 8 AM so I start washing machines at that hour. I never use the mmachines if they are not full and only sun dry my clothes. In Winter, I place them in the bathrooms, one hanger for each. It takes from one to 2 days to get dry. I do not iron anything. When I place the clothes in hangers (one hanger for each garment) I use my hands to "iron" them.
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
20 Jul 11
Not really. That's too small an amount to make any real difference at all. One way to save on lighting bills, is to replace the current fluorescent tubes with the new ecoLED tubes. This has been measured to save about 50% on your lighting bill. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2395676.aspx The other way is to generate our own electricity. We can very easily & for a very, very small cost in parts achieve this for ourselves today. We need to become self-sufficient again. We need to take responsibility, personally, for supplying our own energy & not exceed the extent that we can supply by the demands we make. The simplest, cheapest, best design I've seen put into practice uses the same principle Tesla discovered in his 1896 experiments in Colorado Springs. Tesla's work is being carried on today in a very practical sense, particularly by John Bedini who has published a book of free energy generation circuits & schematics that people can build for themselves. It's also available from any large Library should you choose to read it. You can also read up on the principle of operation with supporting theory at http://cheniere.org/ You can join up with a free yahoo group & there are over 3000 members there who have already built & tested the John Bedini Monopole Mechanical Oscillator Energizer with Simplified Schoolgirl Circuit for themselves. These people from just about every country all over the world are standing by ready to help you with free 24/7 support. You can also buy a kit of parts from places like http://r-charge.com More power to you!
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
17 Jul 11
Hi Kingparker, Ofcourse, they do save power. I understand, its unavoidable to have a/c on such a hot temperature. But you can see what others you can reduce on a bad heat. You heater can take a rest for while. You can minimize use of your laptop and system, as usage of them can increase the heat. Try to minimize the weather inside your room, through heat proofs and thus you can avoid overusage of power.
@youless (87602)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Jul 11
You can really save a lot of electricity bill since you don't use the air-conditioner. As it is one of the electrical appliances which spends lots of electricity. And if you unplug the electricity appliances, it can also save some electricity. I love China
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
16 Jul 11
Yes. They say to unplug anything that you are not using and that will save on your energy bill. It has been very hot here also. I have to have my air too.
• United States
16 Jul 11
Yes this would lower your bill and be more eco-nomic
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
15 Jul 11
Oh yes, unplug when you aren't using something, they always tell you that. A tip I read said if possible, plug all those things onto a power strip, then that way you just have to unplug the power strip before you go to bed. That will save you a little bit of money, but you aren't going to see a big dip in your monthly bill. More like a few cents. It's been really hot here too, and another tip is keeping your blinds/curtains closed, especially in the afternoon when the sun is the hottest. It does make a difference and your A/C won't have to run as long to cool down the house. Making sure you aren't leaving lights on in rooms that are unoccupied, unplugging things like your coffee maker, toaster, etc. when you aren't using them. At night, how many lights do you usually have on? If you have a lot of lights on at night, try turning some of them off and using less lighting. I know the CFL twisty bulbs help cut down on your bill but lately people have been negative about using them due to the mercury content. Are you using energy efficient light bulbs? Your refrigerator/freezer uses less electricity when it's full. Check your cold settings, are they set for the coldest it can get or do you have it at the factory recommended temperature? That can make a difference in your energy usage too.
• Estonia
15 Jul 11
Unplug the appliances you don't need to be running at night FOR SURE! I am studying at the university and recently we had conducted an experiment: we compared electric bill when computer speakers were turned ON all the time and with a bill where speakers were turned OFF for the night. We found that the speakers were "stealing" electricity equal to 2$ every month!! All because there was that little green LED flashing while the speakers were plugged in. Imagine how much you could save by turning off and unplugging all the other unneeded appliances for the night (a TV set or radio for instance)!!
@rosegardens (3044)
• United States
15 Jul 11
Unplugging unused devices will save a bit of money. One thing I have discovered that saves me quite a bit on my electric bill is the CFL bulb. I use them exclusively, and I noticed quite a difference in my electric bill when I was still in my old apartment. I would not dare to put any other light in my house, unless it were the LED lights that are just not quite ready for prime time from what I have been reading. Also, is your AC an energy saving one? If not, try to invest in one. Keep the air cool. For some odd reason, keeping the air on a higher temp will not save you any money. It is always suggested to keep it a cooler temperature, such as 69 degrees F.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
15 Jul 11
For me yes if you don't plug the refrigerator because you are use plat iron then it is good don't use all appliances one at a time.
@Hatley (163753)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Jul 11
kingparker the big thing that most people never think about is all the lights in the house that we leave on as we go from one room to another, thinking oh I will be back in a few minutes then get stuck doing something and the lights are wasting power. also invest in those screwy looking bulbs that use a lot less power and last for years. now turn off the tv if you are going to be gone any length and keep you air conditioner on power saver.it cuts down a lot ofn the power bill. or set to a higher setting like 76 not 70 as thats still cool but not gobbling u p as much power.I do not think just having things plugged in is going to use much power. but leaving a computer on for 24/7 will use a lot of power turn it off at night when you go to bed.