Conserving energy benefits both you and the environment. Start conserving the electricity in your home today and reap the benefits of a better tomorrow and lower energy bill, today.
There are many different ways to conserve electricity in your home. We’ve listed down 10 of the easier ones that you can do.
1. Wear the right clothes for the weather
Dress for the temperature. Summer means breaking out tank tops and bikinis to keep you cool when the heat goes up.
2. Shut doors and close curtains
Cooling the whole house can be expensive. Where possible, shut doors to areas you are not using and only cool the rooms you or other people spend a lot of time in.
During the day when it’s warm outside, block draughts around doors and windows to stop air leaking out, or in.
3. Set your thermostat to the right temperature
In the summer, set your thermostat to 26 degrees or above.
4. Turn coolers off when you don’t need them
Turn air conditioning off when you leave the room. When you leave your house, make sure that your cooling system is turned off. This would save you a boatload of money and keep you from wastage of energy.
5. Wash clothes with cold water
Researchers have found that you can actually gain savings of around $115 per year by washing clothes in cold water. You can also save by making sure you select the shortest appropriate washing cycle and waiting until you have a full load.
6. Run your fridge in an efficient manner
The refrigerator is one of the most expensive appliances to operate in your home as it is on, 24/7. Make sure that its door is sealed shut to keep cold air from escaping. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius.
7. Insulate your roof
An insulated ceiling can make a big dent in your power bill. If you already have insulation, check that it is installed correctly and has the right rating measured in R-rating.
8. Stop standby power waste
Did you know that as much as 10% of power being used can be from gadgets that are just on standby? More importantly, are you aware that your phone charger is still using energy even when your phone is not attached?
Having a standby power controller can help you as it would automatically lessen standby time and turn appliances off when not in use.
9. Save energy in the kitchen
When you are cooking, use the microwave when you can. Why? Because it uses much less energy compared to that of an electric oven. If you do use the stove, keep lids on your pots to lessen cooking time. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and only utilize it when it’s full capacity.
10. Use energy-efficient light globes
Remove those old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient ones. Energy-efficient globes save power and last way longer.
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