Your home utility costs have skyrocketed, and you don’t have the money to replace old, energy-hogging appliances with green, low-impact appliances. Implement these five tips into your daily routine to cut energy costs and conserve resources without replacing anything.
Unplug Devices When Not in Use
When you head to work for the day or leave for vacation, take time to unplug devices that you will not use. In the kitchen, unplug the toaster, coffee maker and microwave. In the living room, disconnect the television, media players and laptop. If this sounds time-consuming, try the converse: Leave all your devices unplugged, plug them in when you need them and disconnect them after use. As Mother Earth News notes, devices consume 75 percent of electricity when powered off and only 25 percent when turned on.
Switch to CFLs
If you haven’t made the switch already, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can save on your energy costs. As Rosner notes, not only do the bulbs last 10 times as long as incandescent bulbs, they consume 75 percent less energy. This adds up to significant savings that more than offset the higher cost of these bulbs.
Use a Surge Protector for Your Gadgets
Not only does a surge protector safeguard your devices from a power surge, it helps conserve energy. Http://www.dsl.com suggests you connect all of your electronic devices, including your router and modem suggests, to a surge protector. Before you leave the house, turn off the surge protector to save power while keeping your equipment fully protected.
Only Run Appliances When They’re Full
Dishwashers consume less water than washing dishes by hand, but not if you run multiple small loads. When using your washing machine, dryer or dishwasher, develop a habit of only running full loads. Operating your dishwasher only when it is full can save up to 400 gallons of water a month in addition to home energy savings, notes Vectren Corporation. As you cultivate this habit, you’ll use the items less often, saving water resources and reducing your electric bill.
Turn off Lights When Not in Use
It can be easy to turn on lights in every room as you return home from work and tend to home duties like cooking and cleaning. But when lights are blazing in the living room, dining room, laundry room and kitchen, you’re wasting a lot of electricity. Home lighting represents approximately 11 percent of your monthly utility expenses, and one reason utility expenses may be less in the summer is that longer days prevent you from turning on as many lights at home. Turn lights off when you exit the room to conserve power and cut energy costs, notes The Daily Green. Alternately, keep lights on a timer or use a motion sensor on exterior lights to save.
Sam Greenhaven, the author of this post, was born and raised in Eastern Europe and has since spent his life traveling and writing about sustainability trends.
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