Small Changes Can Add Up to Big Energy Savings
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Energy prices are up, and they show no sign of moving downward any time soon. Itís a smart idea to reduce your electricity usage in any way you can to lessen the impact of higher prices. These tips might not make a huge difference individually, but combined, they could shave a welcome amount off your bills.
Lower Lighting Bills
Leaving lights on in empty rooms is a total waste of power. Installing motion detectors is a smart way to keep areas well lit when people are present and save electricity when lighting is not necessary. Installing dimmer switches can also save money on power since bright lighting isnít always necessary or desirable. Dimmer lighting creates a cozy ambiance and saves on energy costs as well.
Always use a lid when heating a pan to keep the heat in and to reduce boiling times. Second, donít forget that your stove, pans, and their contents will still retain plenty of heat once you turn off the power. The last few minutes of cooking can usually be done without using any energy at all by simply relying on the residual heat to finish the job.
Hot foods should be cooled to room temperature before putting them into the fridge so that the refrigerator doesnít expend extra energy bringing the temperature down. Make sure family members are mindful of keeping the fridge door shut so that the cold air stays inside.
Efficient Laundry Routines
Wait to do your laundry until you have enough to wash a full load. Wash at the lowest temperature possible every time and with as short a wash as will be effective. Most everyday laundry can handle a shorter wash at a lower temperature, but the electricity savings quickly adds up.
Eco-Friendly Faucets and Showerheads
Hot water from your shower and faucet is heated using electricity. Installing eco-friendly showerheads and faucets will reduce the flow of water and, therefore, the amount of energy needed to heat it.
Upgrade Appliances and Devices
Household appliances are now more energy-efficient than ever before and can cut a significant chunk from your electricity usage over the long term. It might not be worthwhile upgrading every appliance you own, but if some are getting olderóand probably even less efficient as they ageóthen replacing them can quickly start to repay the investment.