I live in a tiny apartment. Frugal conditions should be a given, right? WRONG! Unfortunately, all of our appliances run on electricity, including the central air, which significantly drives up our electric bill during summer months. However, in the dead of winter, without AC, I couldn’t understand why my electric bill was still so high!
It’s The Dryer!
Ah! The dryer! This expensively convenient appliance was sucking my dollars out the window! I decided to take frugal super action and do some research.
First, I bought an inexpensive drying rack. Since I live in an apartment I don’t have a yard, hence no clothesline. Even if I did, I have terrible allergies, so hanging my laundry out in pollen filled air would not be an option. But, for those of you without these drawbacks…get some rope and pins!
Bonus! Air drying your clothes can actually help them last longer.
“Off Peak” Isn’t Just For Travel
Next, I called my electric company and learned that they have “off peak” hours. This means that the delivery fee for electricity is less at certain times of the day.
For example, my electric company charges “off peak” rates for all weekends, holidays, and specific daily times.
October through May, daily “off peak” rates are any time before 8:00am and any time after 9:00pm.
June through September, daily “off peak” rates are any time before 9:00am and any time after 6:00pm.
I adjusted the time for running my washing machine and dishwasher to take advantage of these less expensive windows. Of course, it’s always best to make sure you are running full loads so you are not using these appliances multiple times.
What Did My Frugal Efforts Save Me?
What did I save? In February, my electric bill had been $77.60. It took some time to adjust, but here’s a rundown of my expenses after I implemented these changes:
March = $52.80
April = $50.32
May = $43.32
My dryer racks quickly paid for themselves and I have more money in my pocket each month. This can add up to hundreds over the year. Frugal win! Combine that with my other savings tips and your wallet will be happy.
Other Ways To Save On Your Electric Bill
There are so many ways to save on your electric bill. Put energy efficient bulbs in your lamps. Don’t run the AC when you aren’t home or keep the shades down to block out hot sun. Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them…yup, that TV is still sucking up electricity even when it’s turned off.
Crockpots are also a great way to save money. Energy efficient models can potentially use less energy than your electric stove. They save you time in the kitchen and your house will smell delicious at the end of the day when your home cooked meal is ready to eat! A slow cooker is a great way to keep your house cool during the summer months instead of firing up that oven!
Just Do It!
So, what are you waiting for?
Call your electric company and find out when their “off peak” hours are. Buy a drying rack or string up your bloomers in the warm sunshine. Your wallet will thank you.
Check out my blog post about ditching cable for more frugal wins!