How to Save Electricity

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In this day and age, there is the common idea to save electricity wherever possible. Not only is it beneficial financially, but it’s also helpful for cutting back on pollution and keeping our earth and air as clean as possible. There are the usual ideas about turning off lights and other electrical items, but turning off a switch isn’t the only thing you can do.

Be Smart – How to Save Electricity:

Lights aren’t the only things using electricity and it’s pretty important to remember. Things like heat and appliances also eat up electricity, especially when they’re kept on at unnecessary times. Here are a few suggestions to cutting back on your use of electricity:

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  • When leaving a room, it’s best to turn off any electrical items you may have left on, like your television or computer.
  • Get a programmable thermostat so you can set the proper temperature for your house beforehand. This will keep the heater or air conditioner from being overused.
  • Avoid placing anything over the heating and air conditioning vents as to make the most out of the heating or air conditioning systems.
  • When the heat or air conditioning is on, avoid opening any windows so you’re not wasting electricity.
  • I the day time, open up the blinds so you don’t have to turn on lights as often.
  • Cut back on the use of water wherever you can. Taking shorter showers or simply turning off the water when you’re not using it can help cut back on both water and electricity.
  • If you have a dishwasher, fill it up completely before you run it so you can minimize how many loads you run.
  • Wash larger loads of clothes to minimize how many loads you run through the washer and dryer.

Leaving Town? Dont’ Forget About the Power!

When leaving town, it’s important to remember to turn off or unplug whatever might eat up electricity while you’re gone. There are a few things to think about before you head out:

  • Turn off your heater or air conditioning while you’re gone.
  • Some items need to be unplugged completely as they are put into a standby mode that continues to use electricity.
  • Double check to make sure everything is off that should be off and go through your house to turn off or unplug whatever you can for your absence.

Committed to Saving Energy?

The better technology gets, the more efficient appliances and devices are in using electricity. If you’re committed to saving energy and are willing to put down some money for long-term saving, then maybe it’s time to upgrade that fridge or washer and dryer.

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  • A newer fridge uses less electricity than that decade-old buddy in your kitchen.
  • Front loading washers and dryers are more efficient, which helps save electricity in the long run.
  • If you have an old water heater, you may want to look into getting a newer, more efficient heater.
  • If that’s a little too much for you, you can simply purchase fluorescent light bulbs to cut back on electricity use, as they use 75% less energy and last longer than the usual bulbs.

Saving electricity doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. It can be as simple as flipping a switch or replacing your usual light bulbs with fluorescent ones. By making little changes here and there to save energy, you can save a little money and also cut back on possible pollution.

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