Have you ever thought of energy saving techniques you can use to cut down the cost of your electric bill? In this article, you will find great energy saving tips.
These are few of the simplest energy saving tips you could do for your home or offices. When doing these basic energy saving tips, it is a guarantee that you will save money in conserving electricity.
Make Unplugging a Habit
Unplug devices or appliances that are not needed to be used, such as: phone chargers or digital cameras, wireless tools and other personal gadgets, appliances that are seldom used, like the extra fridge or television in your guest room, this will save you up to $10 every month on your utility bill.
Appliances that are left plugged like televisions, home theater equipment, and stereos when not in use can consume up to the equivalent of a 75 to 100 watt bulb when running continuously even if you think it is switched off, you can use power strips in switching off this devices.
Sleep-Mode or Hibernate Computers
The “sleep mode” feature on your computer, allows it to use less power during periods of inactivity, for Windows users the power management settings are found in the control panel, for Mac users look for the energy settings under system preferences in the apple menu.
You can set the “hibernate” of your computer to 30 minutes or so of inactivity, “hibernate” allows you to conserve energy if you are not yet done with the day, it allows you to shut down without closing the tabs and application that you are working on.
Control the Temperature
In winter, set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees or less during day time and 65 degrees at night time (or when you’re not at home for the day), in summer set it on 78 degrees or more. During heating time it is best to make use of sunlight wisely, leave shades and blinds open but close them at night to reduce heat lost through the windows also close it in summer or when the air conditioner is being used.
Be conservative of your time when taking a shower. Not only is there the cost for water, but also for drainage and the cost to heat the water. You may also want to consider doing the dishes by hand instead of running the dishwasher all the time. If you must use the dishwasher be sure it is full before running.
Lights Off Please
Don’t forget to flick off the lights when you are getting out of a room or in your office.
Use Appliances Efficiently
For Refrigerators, set temperature in 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit, the freezer should be set between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the power saving switch if your fridge has one, and make sure the door closed tightly.
For oven, don’t pre heat or “peek” inside more than necessary. For dishwashers, wash only full loads use short cycles for all dirtiest dishes, this saves water and energy used to pump and heat it. In your washing machine, check for appropriate level according to the size of the loads, wash in cold water when practical and always use cold water in rinsing.
For dryer, clean the lint filter. Dry heavy and light fabrics separately and don’t add wet items to a load that’s already partly dry. If available, use the moisture sensor setting
Consider planting a deciduous tree on the south side of your lawn to block the sun during the summer, and let in solar energy during the winter when it sheds its leaves. Planting the right vegetation can lower your energy consumption.
We hope you find these energy saving tips helpful.