As the world continues to be more aware of the green and eco-friendly movement, people are continuously making strides to increase their contribution. While the use of alternative sources of energy is encouraged to lessen our dependency on fossil fuels, we still have a long way to go.
Energy is one of the foremost things we should be concerned with as our society becomes more aware of the impact our actions have on the planet. It is something that we all need in our daily lives, yet it is also one that is causing the most drains to ones finances. Particularly now that everyone has at least one gadget or two. How can you enjoy all these, but at the same time, save up money on your electric bill? Here are some tips that can help you cut that down to half.
Make sure all your appliances are in good condition and work properly. Check that the wires are all intact, that there is no exposed wiring. Make sure that all you outlets are secure. A loose wall socket can not only use up more power, it may also cause some injuries or cause an accident.
Love your light. During the day, use natural light as much as possible. Position your furniture in such a way that they don’t block of windows or other sources of natural light. When it comes to light bulbs, consider changing your incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). These CFLs may cost more, but it uses only about a fourth of the energy incandescent bulbs use. CFLs are just as bright and can last far longer.
Wash your clothes by bulk. Set a day during the week where you can laundry everything. Frun full loads over small loads as it is more economical. However, do not overload your machine. If you need to wash some clothes, wash them by hand. Make sure that the measurement of detergent and fabric softener is exact, so rinsing will not be a problem. If you can, air dry your clothes.
Turn off all appliances when not in use and unplug them from the power outlet. Most appliances and plugged gadgets have a nifty feature called standby or sleep mode. The appliance is nonfunctional and essential turned “off” in this mode. Many think that this is a power-saver feature but since the device is still plugged, it still draws power from the outlet. This is called “vampire power” or “phantom load”. Your power is running, but you’re not really using it. It contributes to your electric bill, not to mention the fact that you are wasting electricity.
We consume great amounts of energy without second thought. Mostly, the only time we take notice is when we receive our electric bill. If it’s going through the roof, it may be time to rethink the ways how we use energy.
Replace old appliances with new ones. Old appliances — even those that are functioning properly — are known to be strong power hogs. Consider changing them for a newer model that is more energy efficient. Think of getting a smaller sized appliance as well.
Consider replacing your desktop with a laptop. Desktops normally eat up a lot of energy because it has a bigger processor and more parts that need power. It’s great for gamers or those involved in the graphics and design industry. Laptops are great for those who work mostly with documentation, writing and other Internet related businesses like blogging, social media and the like.
These days, however, there are a lot of powerful laptops that are as efficient as desktops. They also have the edge of being able to use batteries and even when plugged, laptops still consume less power.
Renovate your home.
There is so much potential and possibilities when it comes to renovating your home to be energy efficient. In a previous example the use of natural light is encouraged. You can opt to have bigger windows or add skylights.
At the same time, you would want to use materials that insulate you house well, allowing heat to stay in when it is winter and keeping you cool in the warmer seasons.
Learning how to conserve energy not just cuts down your electric bill, but it also helps lessen the strain on the energy that is being consumed. Cutting down your electricity bill to half means making some changes with your lifestyle. Most of these changes are not major. You’ll be surprised at how a little thing goes a long way.