Like clockwork, every month we get the electric bill and with one eye shut, we hesitantly check the price. It doesn’t always have to be this way – there are some minor changes you can implement that will make a major difference at the end of each month. Here are some tips to help lower your electricity bill:

Turn off lights and unplug unused electronics

Use natural lighting as often as possible. When you’re unable to do that, remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room. This is the best way to start seeing immediate results.

Also, make sure to unplug things like lamps, toasters and stereos when they are not in use. By unplugging these electronics, you’ll save on that unused energy.

Replace all light bulbs with LED lighting

LED lighting has some serious benefits when it comes to cutting energy costs. LED lights run cooler and have a lifespan of 22,000 hours versus the traditional bulb, which has a lifespan of only 12,000 hours. Read more about the benefits of LED lighting on our smart lighting post here.

Turn water heater down to under 120 degrees

Typically, our water heaters are set past 120 degrees and it ends up costing more to let the water cool down. For every 10-degree reduction in temperature, you can save from 3 to 5 percent on your water heating costs.

Wash your clothes smarter

Wash full loads of laundry on cold. It’s a myth that all of your washing should be done on high heat. Wash clothing on the cold setting to not only extend the life of your clothes, but to save on water heating costs as well. Furthermore, try to only run the washer when you have a full load of clothing. Your washer will use the same amount of electricity to run a small load as it does to run a large load of laundry.

Let your dishwasher run

If you own a dishwasher, use it! Often times hand washing uses more water. This is because we let the water continuously run while washing dishes. Load up your dishwasher and let it run once a week.

Use motion-sensor outdoor lighting

Floodlights are a great tool for deterring criminals. Unfortunately, letting lights run all night long can really rack up your electricity bill. Consider switching to motion-sensor lights so they will only go off and use power when needed. If you’re considering installing flood lights around your home, look no further – the MAXIMUS Smart Motion Security Light is set to release this summer.

Consider these helpful tips to reduce your energy bill and your wallet will thank you!