How to Save Electricity at Home?
How to save electricity at home you ask? There are many things you can do to help save electricity in your home from turning off your lights, to installing a new thermostat.
Here are many tips that will not only help you save money but save the environment as well.
- When you leave the room turn off the lights, there is no need to waste electricity when you are not even there to use it. The same goes for televisions, gaming systems, dvd players, and computers
- When going on vacation or leaving your house for an extended period of time always make sure to unplug all of your electronics. These items have stand-by functions that use electricity even when they are turned off
- Make sure your furniture does not block your furnace ducts and air vents. This makes your heating and cooling units work harder which in turn uses more electricity.
- Change your furnace filter at least once a year or twice a year. A good way to remember this is to change with the seasons. When it comes time to either turn on the heat or the central air, change the filter.
- Close doors and vents in the rooms you are not using,
- Make us of daylight hours and keep your electric lights off during the day.
- Use fluorescent light bulbs. They use 75% energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils every couple months to keep the condenser working more efficiently and your energy bill lower.
- When washing clothes always wash full loads and use the coldest water possible for the wash and rinse cycles.
- When drying clothes always dry one load right after another. This saves electricity because the dryer will already be hot. Also, make sure you clean the lint trp after each load.
- Use your air conditioning only when it is really hot outside and turn the thermostat up. Each degree in temperature difference will save you 5% on your electric bill. When you are away from home for long periods of time always turn it off.
- Install a programmable thermostat that will keep your house the right temperature day and night. This can reduce your cooling and heating bills by 10% because it controls the thermostat while you are not home.