Energy Saving Tips: Save Your Money, Save Our Planet
Who doesn’t want to hit two birds with one stone? Making simple changes in how you utilize energy in your household will not only help you save money by lowering your bills, you will also get to do your part in helping the environment.
Most electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when they’re turned off. Yes, what your mom has been saying all these years is right. Make it a habit to unplug electronics and appliances when they are not in use, not just when you’re leaving the house.
Use Power Strips
It’s easy to forget to turn off electronics when leaving the house, never mind unplug them. Plug similar appliances and chargers into a power strip so you can shut off several devices at once.
Use LED Light Bulbs
This is not a drill. Incandescent bulbs really are a thing of the past. And yes LED light bulbs really are energy-efficient. They use about just a quarter of the energy consumed by incandescent ones, plus, they last 25 times longer.
Put Lightweight Clothes in the Dryer First
This tactic helps build up the heat in the dryer for heavier fabrics.
Use the Toaster and Microwave Oven
Cooking or heating up food with a toaster oven or a microwave oven saves more energy than warming them on the stove or in a conventional oven.
Don’t Stock Up the Fridge
Your refrigerator and freezer operate most efficiently when not crammed with food items. Leaving room inside the refrigerator as well as leaving enough clearance behind it allows air to circulate freely.
Air Dry Dishes
Remember that any appliance that emits heat uses up more electricity. Airy dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Just open the door after the rinse cycle and let mother nature do the rest. If you run your dishes in the evening, you can wake up to dry dishes without a single kilowatt being used.
Full Loads Only
Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes. Using the washing machine with a few clothes versus a full load uses up the same amount of energy. This goes the same for the dishwasher. Sort your clothes in hampers so they’re ready to be washed when you’ve accumulated enough for a full load. As for the dishes, make it a habit to just wash them in the sink if you’ve only used a few pieces.
Let the Light In
During daylight hours, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to
brighten your home.
Turn Off the Water Heater
Turn off your water heater if you plan on leaving home for a few days. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
Bite the Bullet – Replace Old Appliances
Older appliances are often less energy efficient. Your best bet is to replace them with Energy Star appliances or inverter-type ones.
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