We all know that when you’re a busybody working two jobs just to make a decent living, you don’t necessarily have all the time in the world to monitor menial things such as your electricity usage. All you have to do is pay the bills at the end of the month and enjoy all the appliances you’ve invested in as much as you want. But did you know that you don’t have to necessarily limit your TV hours just to save on electricity? Here are three things people neglect to do that can actually help them save as much as £50 monthly in electric bills:

Pull the Plug vs. Leaving Appliances on Stand-by

Although many appliances nowadays provide a stand-by feature which allows you to “save electricity” without plugging off the appliance, nothing still beats turning the appliance off and removing the plug when you aren’t using it. TV’s, computers, mp3 players, and even your digital toaster all have an option for stand-by mode, but these appliances still consume electricity as long as it’s plugged in. Although many find it laborious to shut their appliances off then pull the plug after use, it is actually a practice that can help avoid hazards such as electrical problems and help lower the amount you have to pay for your monthly energy consumption.

Check the House before Leaving for the Day

It’s easy to forget that you left the refrigerator open because you were in a hurry to get to work, but these “menial” episodes of forgetfulness can actually account to as much as 10-20% of added expenses monthly, especially if you have no plans of changing the habit. Before leaving the house, take care to check the following most forgotten [to shut off] things:

  1. The Air Conditioner
  2. The Gas Line (for fireplaces and cooking stoves)
  3. The TV/Radio/mp3 Player
  4. The Flat Iron
  5. The House Lights

Make Use of Special Credit Cards with Pertinent Rebates

If you have a large, growing family that will surely consume loads of electricity especially in the coming winter months, you might as well consider taking a credit card that offers special rebates when used in paying utilities. Aside from having a credit line you can use to take care of your utility bills, you will also get rebates that somehow give back value for the money you spent on paying your bills. These cards also have an option for automatic payments, so you can settle your accounts on time without worrying about penalties for delayed payments.

Being a little more responsible with how you use your appliances will go a long way when it comes to saving electricity and lowering your utility bills. So, the next time you leave the house for school, work, or vacation, check to ensure that appliances aren’t left on stand-by or left turned on. Apart from acting like a responsible individual, you also get to save money from lowered electric bills which you can use on other things (such as buying other appliances you’d love to have in the house).