Here are a some of the best and easiest to follow tips to help save energy in your homes and also help save electricity. Of course, energy costs money, so if you’re saving energy, you’re saving money, right?
So, let’s be kind to Mother Nature and save money while we perform our day to day activities
Please note, this is not a scientifically proven article.
As I’ve said, it’s mainly common sense. If you disagree, or feel like adding to these ideas, please leave a comment below.
Cutting cost on your Refrigerator:
Your fridge is working hard all day and night, working harder when it’s warm outside and when it’s full. In most fridges there’s a dial on the inside which regulates how cold it keeps your food. You don’t need to turn this all the way up. And in winter I tend to turn it lower than in summer.
Another thing is, most modern fridges have a button on the outside which says “holiday” or “vacation”. This is for you to press when you are going away for a while. The reason is because when you are at home, you keep opening the door to get something out of the fridge, which lets the warm air in and the cool air out. But when you are on holiday, this isn’t going to happen. So you can set the fridge to use less power to keep your food cool.
Switching to Energy Saving Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs:
You can save energy by replacing your current light bulbs with the low energy bulbs. I will recommend that you do this for any bulbs that you keep on for more than 3 hours at a time, like garden lights, patio lights, or front door lights.
Because CFL light bulbs don’t get as hot as normal bulbs (hence they have better energy saving potentials), you can also place small CFL bulbs into your bedside lamps. When you are in bed reading, the lamp wouldn’t get hot on your face, and if you need to move the lamp around, I won’t get burnt. These are also really great if you use plastic lamp shades.
Turning off the Water Heaters when not in use:
The heaters use a lot of power to heat up your water. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a “holiday” button like your fridge, to help reduce energy consumption. So, when going away for more than a couple of days, its advisable you turn the heater off at the house’s main power board (the electrical mains). It might be a coincidence, but when I turned the heater off for a week, my electricity bill was almost 25% lesser than the previous months.
Cutting down usage of Electrical Appliances
Just like the geyser, a lot of your electrical appliances don’t have “holiday” modes, so how about turning them off when you go away. Here’s a list of things that you might benefit from by unplugging them from the wall (especially if your home is in an area prone to lightning storms):
– Computers and laptops
– Networking equipment like wifi routers, if you use them
– Kitchen appliances like toasters, microwaves, kettles, etc…
Remember, even if something uses a small amount of energy, it all adds up.
Using the Tea Kettle Smartly
This one is an old one. But probably the most obvious here. If you’re making coffee for one person, pour one and a half cup of water into the kettle. If you’re making coffee for 2 people, put 2.5 cups of water, etc.
It takes a lot less energy to heat up one cup of water than it does to heat up 4 or 5 and its also faster.
Conserving Energy while Doing the Dishes:
It doesn’t make logical sense, but I thought I would add it anyway because it makes my laziness justified.
Apparently, using a dish washer to wash your dishes uses a lot less energy and less water too than doing it the normal manual way.
Unbelievable as it sounds, it’s probably if you wash your dishes with the water running to rinse your dishes, and if you stock up the dishwasher until it’s completely full.