Looking for ways to save money? Considering the amount of money the average home in the United States pays towards the high amount of electricity usage, it is beneficial to realize that changes can be made to decrease this bill, save money and live a better lifestyle.

Here are 10 ways money can be saved by reducing the amount of electricity usage:

1. Switch Off

By unplugging unused items, the flow of energy is stopped and so is the climb of the electricity bill. By plugging multiple objects into a power strip, they can all be easily turned off at once with the flip of a switch when doing a nightly energy sweep of the home. This may seem like a frustrating task, but the reality is that what is not turned off, will add up quickly. For even less effort, energy-saving plugs can be purchased which turn off automatically when not in use.

2. Switch To LED’s

In the last few years, as going green has become much more of a way of life, the cost of these Light Emitting Diodes has decreased, making them a cheaper and more effective purchase option. Not only do they benefit the home, but they benefit the environment due to the fact that they do not contain mercury, thus reducing mercury pollution in the atmosphere.

3. Rethink Air Conditioning And Heating Needs

Acquiring a programmable thermostat is a wise option and can be set to the desired target temperature of the family unit. For homes with central air conditioning and heating, it would be wise to check that the vents are not closed which could be blocking airflow and causing the appliances to work harder resulting in an increase in the electricity bill.

4. Upgrade Old Appliances

When upgrading, not only will the appliance be newer and higher quality, but nowadays they are designed to be much more energy efficient. This will save money and benefit the home at the same time.

5. After Upgrading; Purge

Keeping multiple appliances consumes huge amounts of energy. Keeping an extra fridge in the basement actually hurts instead of helps. Consider how much fridge space is really necessary. Possibly less fridge space will encourage more fresh fruits and vegetables instead of bulky boxed meals, improving overall health and wellness.

6. Maximize Effectiveness Of The Laundry Process

Reducing heat is the best thing to do in order to improve this area of living. By using cold water to run the clothes through, energy costs are reduced and clothing color will not run like it would with hot water, so less work and effort is needed. Saved money and a relaxed evening all in one. Another tip in the laundry process, depending on location would be to air dry clothes on a line outside. If this is not possible and the dryer is the only option, fill the dryer to only 75%. By doing this, the 25% of leftover room will guarantee maximum air flow and also erase the need to do an extra run.

7. Maximize Use Of The Dishwasher

Like the laundry process, heat can be reduced when doing the dishes. Dishes do need to be washed with heat to ensure safety and eradication of all bacteria, however there is a setting on most dishwashers called the “heated-dry method” – which can be disabled, therefore using less heat. Another way to maximize the use of the dishwasher is to pack it efficiently and not to run it empty.

8. Insulate Your Home

Insulating walls and ceilings will keep the home warmer during those cold months. Another effective method is to weatherize the home by making sure there are no cracks anywhere. The usual places where there would be cracks are windows, door frames and in the area of the walls where the pipes enter and exit. By visiting the local hardware store and purchasing inexpensive expanding foam, these cracks will no longer be a culprit for air escaping the room.

9. Plant Trees And Paint Your House

Trees provide shade which are a natural coolant on a hot day. These coupled with a respective paint color will keep the home cool and welcoming. Light colors are a powerful in a warm climate. Living in a colder climate, painting the home warmer darker colors will encourage heat.

10. Move

While this may seem like a radical change, downsizing or moving into a more energy efficient home could be a good thing as well as encourage a new lifestyle, with more green options and less clutter.

Reducing electricity usage is not as difficult or as exasperating as it may have previously seemed. By saving money and energy today, the environment and your bank account will thank you and reward you for it later.