When Mum told you to turn out the lights, she was thinking of saving energy dollars, not rolling blackouts and bankrupt utility companies. Electricity rates are going up everywhere.
Besides switching off lights, there are several other painless methods to conserve energy and save money on your electric bills.
Use power strips
Plug-in computers, printers, scanners, monitors, TVs, DVD players, and game systems. (Up to 75% of the energy they pull is actually consumed when they aren’t being used!) With the flip of one power strip switch you can nearly eliminate this “phantom” power. To cut consumption completely, unplug the power strip once you’ve flipped the switch.
- Look for those electronic devices, especially those with digital time and date displays that are infrequently used such as alarm clocks and the television in a guest room and unplug them.
- Unplug devices used to recharge electronics/batteries when they're not being used.
- Transformers consume energy. Consider unplugging devices like calculators that are not in use.
- Wait until you can fill up your dishwasher before running it. And if you have a heated-dry option, switch it off. Prop open the door a bit after the cycle to air dry your load.
- If you have an electric stove, turn the burners off a few minutes before the allotted cooking time. The heating element will stay hot long enough to finish the cooking without using more electricity.
- Refrigerators use more power than any other appliance in the home and deserve special attention. Although rushing out to buy a new refrigerator may not be in your budget, it is important to know that new models are more efficient and use as little as half the electricity of older units.
- Full refrigerators run more efficiently than ones that are only partially full. So buy more food and save some energy.
- If you have two refrigerators, or an additional freezer, decide if the extra expense is really worth it. Cram as much as you can into your primary refrigerator or consider disposing of two older refrigerators and replacing them with one larger, newer and more efficient model.
- Make sure the refrigerator door seals are tight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment or the seal may need replacing.
- Place food and liquids in airtight containers. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
- Move the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum its condenser coils yearly unless you have a no-clean condenser model. Refrigerators will run for shorter periods with clean coils.
- Maintain a consistent temperature in the refrigerator and freezer.
- Its obvious, but true: Turn off lights that are not being used. Consider installing timers on some lights. And instead of constantly nagging the kids, try occupancy sensors that turn on and off automatically when someone enters or leaves a room.
- Rather than brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it. For example, use task lighting like pendant lights for kitchen sinks and countertops
- Consider dimmer switches and three-way lamps. These provide low light levels when bright lights are not necessary.
- Use energy-efficient LED lights in fixtures throughout your home to provide high-quality and high-efficiency lighting. LED Lights are much more efficient than Halogens and lasts 25 times longer. Although LED Lights are more expensive than Halogen bulbs, they pay for themselves by saving energy over their lifetime.
- Skylights are a chic and classy way lowering down your electricity bills. With the use of solar energy, these lights could be used when applicable, as well as to utilize an open free resource for everybody - solar energy.
With the holidays almost here , we couldn't stress more but the need to learn how to save. not only to increase savings but also to protect this earth we live in.
Happy savings and happy holidays!