Energy Conservation Tips
Energy cost cutters.
Energy Conservation Tips that result in serious home energy savings.
Many of our energy saving tips are free to implement and others cost so little that you'll make the money back in less than a year.
There are some, like pv solar energy,
that have a substantial price tag and will take longer to pay you back (although they start paying the planet back immediately).
We have tons of ways to save energy and cost cutters that you can live with in comfort!
Nations around the world are encouraging us to make greener choices and will even help with the initial expense of some of these changes.
If you're a US Resident, check for state and federal
incentives at dsireusa to learn how you can save money being green.
Energy cost cutters and environmentally responsible techniques for using less... painlessly.
In the Kitchen ~ Energy Conservation Tips
- Eat by candlelight occasionally, especially in winter when the nights start early - even the kids like it.
- Slow cookers, electric fry pans and electric kettles use less power than
the stove top or oven.
- Use the toaster oven for baking, roasting and broiling small items rather than heating the big oven.
The funny thing about toaster ovens is that although they're great for some things... toasting isn't one
of them. They use way to much energy heating up the entire box when all you really want it to heat up is the bread.
- A slotted toaster is more economical for making toast than a toaster oven. The toaster snugs those hot coils right up against the bread, efficiently toasting without throwing
off a lot of heat.
- Make a solar oven with the kids or grandkids and use it. It's Fun and Educational.
- When appliances need to be replaced, buy the most energy efficient ones on the market.
From most to least these are the appliances that use the most energy: Refrigerator, electric oven, central air conditioning, freezer, washing machine,
dryer, electric stovetop and dishwasher.
- When using the stovetop, select a pot or pan that is sized appropriately for the burner. A small pot should be placed on a small burner.
Laundry Day ~ Energy Conservation Tips
- Wash your clothes in cold water
(studies show that hot water has little benefit over cold).
Front loading washers use less power, water and detergent and any appliance that displays the energy star logo has been proven in the energy conservation department.
- Launder only full loads or select a cycle for small loads.
- Use the cool cycle as much as possible on your dryer.
- Add dryer balls (tennis balls will work) to dryer loads to keep the clothes fluffed and reduce drying time.
- Install a clothes line (a passive solar power clothes dryer). Not only will it reduce your power bill but the sun
bleaches your sheets and cottons to a crisp white and no chemical product can imitate the fragrance.
Lighting ~ Energy Conservation Tips
- Use scented candles in rooms on dark evenings instead of leaving a light on.
- Turn lights off in unused rooms.
- Installing a solar motion sensor light outside will ensure safe passage for your family and guests while discouraging intruders.
- When needed, change all difficult-to-change bulbs - entryways and vaulted areas - to
LED Light Bulbs. You won't have to do it again for over 20 years.
- Change your 3 most used light bulbs to LED lights and the others to fluorescent (curly) bulbs).
- Use LED or fluorescent light bulbs in all light fixtures. Although more expensive ($15 to $35), LED's have a long life expectancy, contain no mercury and use less than a tenth the energy a 60 watt incandescent
bulb would use.
It takes 5 to 7 years for an LED bulb to pay for itself but it'll last an average of 22 years. It would cost well over $100.00 to buy incandescent bulbs to last 22 years and
you'd spend 10 times the amount in energy.
Heat and Hot Water ~ Energy Conservation Tips
Electronics ~ Energy Conservation Tips
- Plug your TV and computer into a power bar and switch it off when no one is going to be home and at night. Turning the power bar off when you leave the house is the same as unplugging.
The "instant on" feature of television and computer screens uses energy constantly as long as they are plugged in.
- Laptop computers use much less energy than a desk top.
- Charge your devices only for as long as needed to gain a full charge. Use a timer at night to stop the charging after 3 or 4 hours. The device will be charged
without wasting power by charging all night.
General ~ Energy Conservation Tips
There are lots of simple ways to save energy and go a little greener at home. Implementing any of our energy conservation tips will have a positive effect on our
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