When it comes to electricity, there are a few things to consider: safety hazards, lowering the electric bill, and conserving energy.
Keep a close eye on appliances that generate heat (among these are computers, televisions, and dryers). It would be wise to keep flammable items away from these appliances. Check cords often for frays, cracks, or kinks as these can pose a significant risk. When keeping these cords down, it is best to use tape or twist ties rather than nails or staples. As these tend to heat up as well, it is best not to cover them with flammable materials such as rugs.
Consulting a licensed electrical contractor is also another step you can take to reducing energy use. They can evaluate your electircal systems but also give you tips on energy-saving investments in the future.
It should go without saying that you should turn off all ilghts and appliances when not in use, but it is easier said than done. Purchasing a power strip is effective, as it allows you to easily turn it off with a switch, and it can go a long way in lowering your electrical bill. Washing your clothes in cold water and running your dryer at night are also both ways to do your laundry in cost-effective ways.
Keep these tips in mind to keep your home safe and to keep your electric bill low!