Are you racking up too much digits on your electric bill? Are you looking for ways to save on the energy that you use in your home everyday? Well, look no further. Here are 7 of the simplest yet effective ways to save on electricity at home.
1. Ditch incandescent light bulbs and switch to CFLs
A simple, very easy trick to quickly reducing your daily energy consumption at home by as much as 10 percent is to get rid of all your traditional incandescent light bulbs. To light up your house once again, use CFL’s. These spiral shaped light bulbs consumes up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 10 to 15 times longer. By the fifth month of usage, the CFL’s you installed would have already paid for themselves. It truly is a worthy and wise investment. CFL’s also come in varying colors, styles and sizes so you don’t need to worry about sockets that don’t fit!
2. Turn OFF the lights
There was a time when an urban myth said switching off lights would cost more energy than simply leaving them on. The idea behind this was that by leaving the lights on, it would not require to be constantly charged up on electricity to light up. However, this has already been debunked and will soon go down as just another fading myth of energy consumption. So from now on don’t be afraid of switching off the lights in your house if not being used. You will see that the savings you will incur on your electric bill from the energy that you saved is significant and will definitely put a smile on your face. And there you were deceived to thinking your bills going low is close to impossible.
3. Turn down the water heater
Believe it or not, 25 percent of your electric bill is from water heaters alone. This goes to show that if you reduce the consumption of energy that your heater eats up, you can rack up quite the savings. Here are several things you can do to achieve this:
– Lessen the time you spend in the shower
– Insulate the water heater tank properly to ensure efficiency
In many places around the world, having a water heater is a luxury only the rich enjoy and there’s a good reason for that. Keep this in mind the next time you take a nice warm shower.
4. Conserve water
Using less water means that your bill will be lower. This also means that you use your water heater less. Therefore it can be concluded that by conserving water you are not only saving the environment, but also saving on energy consumption.
5. Turn off your computer
Plenty of homes have desktop computer setups that are constantly running. The thing with computers is that they leak so much energy when left on without being used. Now, turning off the machine every time you leave sounds a bit too troublesome, needless to say impractical especially if you use it for heavy duty work. Here’s what you can do, if you are going to be away for twenty minutes or less shutting off just the monitor would be finer. However, if your are going to be gone for more than that amount of time, then turning off the whole thing would be the best idea.
You may think that power strips are unnecessary pieces of equipment that will just cost you more money. However, this is hardly the truth. Power strips are actually very effective energy savers if you use them right. What you can do is to plug in your heavy appliances such as television sets and the likes through these power strips and switch it off at night or whenever it is not being used. Simple, yet effective.
7. Energy Star Rated Appliances
A good way to conserve energy is to buy appliances that are energy star rated. Appliances with Energy Star ratings are known to use around 20 to 50 percent less energy than its counterpart. The savings you will rack up will even be greater if you replace your ancient appliances that hoard energy like its pizza with newer, energy star rated appliances.