It seems like these days we’re all trying to save money by any means possible. Who still remembers the good old days in 2015 when we had car dealers selling cars and supermarkets with shelves full of products? With the current economic situation and the tremendous increase in commodity prices, we are all desperate to save money in any way we possibly can.
We all mindlessly pay monthly huge amounts of money on energy bills and spend the days after complaining to everyone who were unlucky enough to cross our path, that our energy bill was so high this month. It’s time to bust the myth your grandmother told you about keeping a light on all night to scare off any burglars. We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but the only thing eight extra hours of electricity every night does is burn through your paycheck.
According to Reuters, in 2014, Egypt began a five-year program to increase electricity prices in order to progressively eliminate domestic electricity subsidies. Electricity has been an issue in Egypt for years now, with overconsumption of cheap electricity worsening energy shortages and leading to frequent power cuts, especially in the summer months. The latest spike in electricity prices took place last summer, with the prices increasing from 25 to 40 percent depending on consumption levels.
In an effort to save more, spend less and be more conscientious; here are 4 ways to help you save money on your energy bills. Each of these strategies are things you can easily do, that will have an impact on lowering your energy bills without drastically changing any of your habits.
Cutting back on energy costs through laundry is realively simple, make sure your machine is always loaded with as many articles of clothing as possible – but don’t go overboard trying to fit the impossible. This way you’ll have less machine cycles and less energy used.
Air-conditioning and Heaters
As a basic rule with all devices that require energy, if you’re not using it turn it off! Try to minimize using air conditioners by opening the window every once in a while, only using it when you absolutely need it and not out of habit. The same applies to heaters, turn them off when you’re not around and get out of the habit of heating rooms so they’re ready for you when you arrive.
Turn off electronic devices you aren’t using
When you leave electronic devices plugged in, many of them continue to consume a small amount of energy. This is why in an effort to reduce energy consumption, you should turn off or unplug any device you aren’t using. Unplugging every single electronic device or appliance at home probably sounds unrealistic to most people, but switching off power strips probably sounds more doable. Try to plug as many devices and appliances as you can on power strips and just switch those off at night and whenever you aren’t using them.
Replace your light bulbs with energy-saving light bulbs and LEDs
Energy-saving and LED light bulbs require less energy and also last longer than your average light bulb. While energy-saving light bulbs and LEDS may be slightly more expensive, on the long run by switching your light bulbs you will both save on energy consumption as well as save money as your new light bulbs have a longer life.