8 Energy-saving Tips
Our environment is suffering and our resources are depleting because we use too much of everything. Did you know that taking small steps to save our environment can also assist you to save money? If you follow one or all the tips below, you can really see actual savings on your energy bill. You don’t need to do everything but it is possible to do something.
In a typical U.S. home, appliances and electronics make up about 20% of energy-use. Step one is to search when buying merchandises and appliances for Energy Star labels. Energy Star labels are strict guidelines made by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency. Follow some of these suggestions to make the environment better for the future generations and save money at the same time.
Light bulbs: Use energy conserving CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs) instead of the traditional incandescent light bulbs. CFLs just use one-quarter of the electricity and lasts years more, although CFLs cost 3 – 5 times as much as the incandescent bulb. Each CFL bulb contains 5mg of mercury so that you are going to have an additional item to sort within the recycling bin.
Dishes: Never load your dishes in a dishwasher unless they are a full load. Air dry dishes rather than using a dryer.
Laundry: Wash clothing with warm or cool water instead of hot water when you’re able to. Rather than using a dryer, air dry or hang your clothes on a clothes line. Do not use the dryer unless it houses a complete load.
Refrigerators: Think about what you want to take out before you open the fridge. Leaving the doorway open will squander extra energy.
Take Showers, less Baths: Taking showers instead of baths will decrease water use and also decrease your heating bill.
Turn Off all Appliances Not in Use: Turn off all electronic equipment, computers, and lights when they’re not in use. Plug all your electronic equipment such as computers, Video, and DVDs into power strips. Using a power strip can cut back electricity used to power home appliances. Even when your appliances are turned off, power is still being consumed in the outlet. To prevent extra energy costs, unplug the appliance or utilize a power strip. The power strip has an off button to reduce all the power from the equipment.
Weather-Strip Windows and Doors: Check windows and doors for air leaks. Air leaks could be sealed by caulking or weather stripping. By securing the leaks in your house, hot and cool air will be held in your own home longer. Less heating and cooling will allow you to save on power costs.