If you think your electricity bill is too high, perhaps it's time to analyse your consumption. There are several steps you can take to save power and save on your bill.

Take advantage of natural light

On average, lighting accounts for around 30% of your total electricity bill. However, the bulk of the usage is unnecessary. There is no need to keep the lights on when the sun is out since the natural light offers enough illumination. You only need to draw the curtains.

Change to power-saving appliances

Advances in technology have led to the manufacture of power-saving electrical devices. These include bulbs, iron boxes, washing machines, refrigerators, and microwaves. You can check the manufacturer's description on energy efficiency and power rating before purchasing any electrical device. Although they are often pricey, what you save on power makes up for the extra cost.

Replace old devices

Old devices often run at low efficiency and have a lot of energy losses. Therefore, you must replace your old TV, oven, radio, fridge, and iron to save power. You can either trade or sell the devices.

Moreover, if a device has exhausted its operational life, replace it. As electronics age, the components become less efficient and more power is used.

Unplug unused electronics

In many households, around 10% of the total energy consumption is accrued from standby power. In addition, several devices consume power while idling. Therefore it's crucial to get into the habit of unplugging appliances that are not in use. You will save a lot.

Switch off the main power when you travel

If you will be away for an extended period, it's essential to ensure all the electrical devices in the house are off. You can switch off the main power to be sure. However, remember to empty your refrigerator before you leave. You don't want to come back to a fridge full of rotten food.

Don't turn everything to the maximum

Most electrical devices have power options that regulate the output. Operating at minimum levels saves power. Therefore, you don't have to turn your iron to the maximum to un-crease a thin shirt. You can also gradually heat the house at minimum levels instead of turning the heater's dial to maximum. Moreover, if your fridge is almost empty, there is no need to run at maximum power.

Change your laundry routine

If you are keen on saving power, here is how you need to do your laundry.

Switch the bulk of your washing cycles to cold water since it saves power.
Hang your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer.

Keep the fridge closed

The cooling function of a fridge is compromised when the seal of the compartment is broken. As a result, more power is used to maintain the low temperatures.

The best way to maintain the efficiency of a fridge is to keep the door closed.

Microwave over oven

If you have the option of using a microwave instead of the oven, take it. A microwave consumes less power than an oven. Moreover, it heats food faster.

Take shorter showers

Many people are guilty of spending a lot of time in the shower. As a result, the water heating costs are often high. A good solution is to take a shorter shower. If you need motivation, turn off the heater or reduce the water temperature.

Go solar

The most significant step you can take to save on your electricity bills is installing a solar panel. Solar can serve as an adjunct or replacement to the national grid supply. If you generate surplus power, you may even get a credit on your bill.

Your bill doesn't have to be high. Take the necessary steps, and you will see it come down.