Saving electricity is something that more and more people are getting into, and there’s good reason for it. Not only will it help you to save money each month, but you’ll also be doing your part to help out the environment. So it makes sense that people would be looking for ways by which to save electricity. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of methods available.
Raise your air conditioner’s temperature by 2 degrees in the summer. While it will be a little bit hotter, you’ll survive and pay far less for electricity.
Keep your air conditioner’s air filter clean. A dirty air filter makes the unit work harder to keep air flowing and regular cleaning can make all the difference. It also improves the quality of the air inside your home.
Close air vents going to unused rooms. No sense in cooling off rooms that have no one in them. Just be sure to also close the doors to such rooms, and that none of them are the room containing the thermostat.
Install a programmable thermostat for your air conditioner and use it’s built in power saver setting. If it doesn’t have a setting, then just set it to gradually raise the temperature at night once it’s not so hot outside. That coupled with the regular programming (to ensure the unit is never accidentally left on) will help save a bunch.
Get an electric saver for your air conditioner. The a/c wastes a lot of electricity due to an inefficient motor. The electric saver will collect and recycle this power so that it actually goes towards powering appliances. This increases overall electrical efficiency.
In the winter, wear more layers and turn down the temperature by 2 degrees. You can always wear an additional layer in the winter and those 2 degrees will again make a difference at the end of the month.
If you only need to keep a room or two warm, use small space heaters instead. Just don’t try to heat your whole house with them as that will actually use more electricity than the central heating.
Insulate your water heater to keep heat from being lost thur requiring more heating cycles. You can buy the proper insulation from most any home improvement shop and it only takes a few minutes to install. Also, don’t forget to insulate the connecting pipes as well.
Use only cold water to wash clothes and dishes. Hot water isn’t necessary to get out stains (it actually makes certain stains set in faster) and grease. Just use good soap and detergent and cold water will do the rest.
Set your water heater to 115 degrees and no hotter. Hotter than that is a waste of electricity and also creates a risk for burns (especially for the elderly and children).
Set your fridge to go no colder than 40 degrees. This is cold enough to keep food fresh.
Same goes for the freezer. Only set this to 30 degrees and no colder.
Don’t open the fridge unnecessarily as this lets the cold air out.
Unplug appliances and devices after you’re done using them. Even if they are off, they still draw some power. The only way to prevent this is by unplugging them. A smart power strip will do this automatically for you, so you can get some of those if you don’t fancy having to physically plug in and unplug appliances all the time.
Switch to LED light bulbs instead of continuing to use antiquated incandescent ones. LED bulbs use less than a fifth of the electricity and last many times longer.
Use natural light during the daytime. Can’t get any cheaper than free.
Dry your clothes out on a clothesline if the weather permits. You’ll also get the natural-clean scent out of them.
Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer. They use far less electricity and nowadays are just as powerful so they’ll work for all of your needs.
There you have it. With the above tips, you should have no problem conserving electricity so that you can have a nice low electricity bill. Good luck with your energy-saving campaign, and many thanks from the environment!