With rising energy prices and the ever-increasing need for energy conservation, most people are pondering on how to save electricity. There are many things you can do to save electricity around the house. Most of us use up more electricity than we need, and with some alertness and discipline, we can achieve a sizable reduction in electricity bills, and also make a difference to the environment.
Step 1 – Monitor Your Electricity Usage
Every once in a while, take a walk around your home to ensure that unoccupied rooms do not have lights, fans, air-conditioners, television, radios or computers running. Everyone in your family must be aware of the importance of conserving electricity. Make it a habit to look around and turn off all appliances before you leave a room.
Step 2 – Make Sure Your Appliances are Functioning Efficiently
When purchasing new appliances, look for the energy rating, and purchase only energy efficient models. Though these appliances cost more, they will save you much more money in the long run, by way of energy savings. You may also qualify for tax rebates for purchasing energy efficient appliances, and insulating your home to prevent drafts and leaks. Proper insulation is critical to energy efficiency. It prevents the loss of heat during winter, and can also reduce heating during the summer. Your windows and doors must be air-tight as well.
During the summer, you can reduce cooling costs by using shades, electric fans, efficient ventilation and also be planting trees around your home. Make sure your vents and air ducts are unobstructed by furniture or appliances. Have the vents and furnace filter cleaned regularly, to prevent buildup that blocks the free flow of air. Regular cleaning will result in maximum efficiency from your heater and air conditioner. If there are unoccupied rooms in the house, close the vents so that the heat or cool air can be concentrated in the other rooms. Keep unoccupied rooms closed.
Step 3 – Maximize Energy Usefulness
Avoid running the dishwasher, washer or dryer if they are not filled to capacity. You can save a considerable amount of electricity that would otherwise be unnecessarily wasted. Avoid setting the heater too high during the winter or the air conditioner too low during the summer. Using a programmable thermostat can help you save considerable money and conserve energy at the same time.
Minimize the use of hot water, and take shorter baths. Never leave the water running when you are hand-washing dishes or brushing your teeth.
Avoid turning on the lights during the daytime. Use fluorescent bulbs in place of incandescent lights. They are much higher in efficiency, and are also longer lasting. Avoid cooking food in small quantities or batches, if you are using the oven. Use utensils that are appropriately sized for the burners. Avoid leaving the refrigerator open for longer than necessary. Use timers or motion sensors for outdoor lighting.