Saving Money and Energy on Appliances
Most of your appliances at home can still use up energy even when they’re switched off. Thus, always unplug your appliances from the socket after using them. Do this with every appliance you have at home no matter what the manual indicates. It’s easy to plug them in and switch them back on again.
Appliances like TV, VCR, DVD, computer, printer, blender, and etc. may drain a very small amount according to CNN but when you sum it all together, they can account for about 5% of your energy bill and that’s $5 for every $100 you pay. Thus, make it a habit to unplug every appliance at home or better invest in a power strip that can be completely turned off to help save you money and help the environment also.
Winter is finally here and you’re probably set your heating system higher than you need it. Try adjusting your thermostat to one degree and you’ll notice the slightest difference on your electricity bill. If you place the thermostat two degrees lower, you’ll still stay warm. You’ll save a good amount of money too over the winter.
In summer, try turning the temperature control on your AC unit. If the temperature outside is hot at 90 degrees, then an indoor temperature of 85 degrees will make you feel comfortable. You don’t have to set every room in your house at 70 degrees during summer season. Slowly increase the temperature one degree at a time until it feels uncomfortable then set it down about a degree or so and leave it at that temperature.
You can also save water in your shower in many ways. Take shorter showers by using low-flow attachments to your shower head. You’ll be amazed by the amount of water and energy you can save. A low-flow shower head can help save you around 3,000 gallons of water for every person every year and that’s a lot. You can also install low-flow attachments to your sink taps also if you want to save more money for your family.
Also change your lighting at home. Many people do not think of house lights as appliances but they actually are. Stop using incandescent bulbs or the old standard light bulbs you’ve been using for many years. Change to CFL or compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use less than 75% of energy and they last longer than incandescent bulbs. They also produce 60% less heat. LED lights are also a good option. Though you may not find them suitable for main house lights, many people prefer using them. They are cost-efficient and they are cheaper than most CFL light bulbs.
One of the reasons why your water bill is skyrocketing is because of leaks. Make sure your water system is free from any leaks because a single steady drip could account for about 250 gallons of water per month and that’s up to 3,000 gallons of water per year! Just imagine the amount of money and water you are wasting. Thus, always check your water system for leaks and you should include this in your home maintenance checklist.
If you don’t have a low-flow toilet, you can improvise. Simply fill up a half gallon of plastic bottle with water and secure the cap firmly. Then, place it inside the toilet water tank. This could help reduce the toilet flush to about 40% but still give you enough water to flush everything away.
During the summer months, use the dishwasher, washing machine, and other large appliances only in the morning or during the late afternoon when it’s cooler. These appliances give off more heat, making your AC work harder if you use them at the height of a hot summer day.
A hair dryer is belongs to the top three power-guzzling appliances. Don’t use a dryer. Instead, towel dry your hair and leave it air-dried.