How to use electricity economically

If you live in the southern part of India, summer time brings with it a harsh reality check in the form of exorbitant electricity bills. While, it is time we start moving towards solar panels and such to generate power, you could start the process of saving electricity and your money by employing these simple measures.
Keep doors and windows closed when the air conditioner is on to prevent energy from getting wasted
There are pile of things you can do in your kitchen to save electricity:
Pressure cookers save up to 25% power
Fan type ovens reduce cooking costs
Boil water in an electric kettle and not a hotplate
Avoid using appliances in the middle of the day. Ovens, dishwasher, washing machine and any other appliances that generate a lot of heat force the air conditioner to work harder during an already hot time of the day. Use these appliances in the late evening
Reduce dependability on appliances:
Line drying clothes saves you a ton of money, instead of using the clothes dryer
Washing dishes by hand rather than using a dishwasher
Sweeping the house instead of vacuuming
Do all your baking on one day. Ovens take up too much electricity
Dry your hair in natural air and sun instead of using a hair dryer
Chop food using knives instead of a food processor
Unplug gadgets when not in use, as they still use electricity, even if inactive.
Tons of money can be saved through intelligent lighting:
Use more natural lighting. Make sure your rooms are well ventilated to allow for natural light to stream in in the daytime.
Candlelight dinners can be a great excuse to save on electricity. Try using candles instead of electric lights in your house few times a week. What’s more, they create a great ambience.
Energy efficient lighting is what everybody is moving towards these days. Replace all your incandescent lights with CFLs or LED bulbs. LEDs last longer and don’t contain mercury, unlike CFLs. They also come in various colors
Let evenings be designated to one or two rooms where the entire family sits together. Not only is it a great bonding activity, it also saves on a lot of electricity.
Purchase energy efficient appliances. There are several options these days where you can choose the amount of energy to use in a given cycle for a large appliance. If the appliance you’re buying is from the US, look for an “energy star” certification.
Reduce your hot water consumption. You’ll be surprised how much you can save by reducing the time you use the water heater:
Use cold water to wash clothes
Use showers or buckets instead of bath tubs
Insulate the water heater