Reducing Energy Costs

You don’t have to buy a lot of expensive gadgets or live without luxury items to conserve energy. Environmentally friendly activity is just a matter of habit. By using only what you need, when you need it, you can help the environment and save on your power bill at the same time.

  • Being Conscientious
    1. Ever fall asleep with the TV on? Ever wake up and realize you left the computer on all night after checking your email the night before? Thinking consiciously about the resources you use can be an important first step in saving power – and money!
    2. Most home electronics and appliances have energy-saving features. Televisions have timers that can be set to shut off after a few hours. If you like to fall asleep with the TV on, use the timer and don’t waste electricity all night.
    3. For emergency lighting needs, consider a shake-up flashlight, which provides LED light through a magnetic induction process when shaking the flashlight. This saves you from throwing away so many batteries and having them pile up in a landfill. Candles are also a great alternative when lighting is needed, but make sure they do not produce a large amount of smoke that would set off the smoke alarm!
  • Light Up Your Life the Smart Way
    1. Make sure your lights have energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs installed, which will have a positive impact on the environment and your power bill. These bulbs are more expensive initially, but they last much longer and produce lower amounts of energy saving you money down the line.
    2. Reconsidering how much light is needed, and where and when you need it, can also make a big difference in power use. Turn the lights off when you leave the room or home and only use a minimum of low watt lights overnight. Better yet, look for motion activated night-lights or low output LED lights for nighttime navigation.
    3. All modern computers come with power saving functions, but these have to be set up by the individual user to be effective. Make sure you understand how these features work and set them up to go along with your own habits.
    4. Home theater sound systems allow networking of stereo, TV, DVD, and even computer accessories, often through the use of the same remote control. The downside is that even the unused items might be powered on, so make sure individual items not in use are turned off.
  • Keeping Cool and Staying Warm
    1. In summer and winter, keep heat and air at reasonable temperatures. Close doors to unused rooms and leave the vents shut to increase airflow to busier parts of the home. Ceiling fans can be used year round to help air circulation.
    2. Take a few moments to set up a programmable thermostat that will shut off the air conditioning or heat when you’re gone during the day.
    3. Keep an eye out on the temperature during the different seasons. If it’s winter but mild outside, turn off the heat and open some windows, only if it is for a little bit,

While there are expensive, energy conserving gizmos on the market, cutting electricity cost isn’t about making a special shopping trip or ordering products from TV. A little extra attention to everyday habits is all you need!

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