Life is expensive y’all. Unless you live in a cave, you need electricity at home and electricity rates keep going up. I’m always looking for creative ways to save money and I’m adding these 10 ways to save electricity at home to my to-do list.
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How to Save Electricity At Home
There are many small changes you can make at home to save electricity. You can do your part for the environment and save money at the same time.
Many devices use electricity the entire time they are plugged in, regardless of whether you are using them. Computers in standby mode, appliances with digital clocks, even cell phone charges all constantly consume electricity.
Each year “energy vampires” in the United States leech close to the amount of Italy’s entire yearly electricity consumption. Finding the devices in your home is not difficult: a plug or cord with large block of a transformer is a giveaway, as are any constant lights or sounds.
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10 Ways to Save Electricity At Home
1. Use Power And Then Move On
Save electricity by unplugging or completely shutting down energy vampires to make sure they do not consume unnecessary power.
A cell phone charger doesn’t need to keep charging your phone once it’s at 100% power. Unplug it (I am guilty of this one!)
It is especially easy to connect as many devices as possible to a single power strip that you can quickly switch off when not in use.
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2. Sleep and Shutdown Computers
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you turn your monitor off if you won’t use your computer in the next 20 minutes, and that you computer completely off any time you will not use it again within the next two hours.
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3. Keep Air Conditioners Debris-Free
Air conditioners use so much electricity that even small changes in your habits can generate substantial savings.
Duke Energy, an electric company, maintains a website that provides advice for keeping your air conditioner in peak condition. Keep its exterior free of debris like grass clippings that can reduce airflow and decrease efficiency.
4. Keep the Windows Shut
While it may seem a good idea to open your windows on cool nights, you may force your air conditioner to work most of the next day at removing the humidity that comes in with the night air.
If you will need the air conditioner the next day, it usually uses less energy to simply keep the windows shut overnight.
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5. Use Blinds to Save Electricity at Home
In the summer, heat from light entering windows can account for one third of the energy an air conditioner uses.
Keep blinds or curtains of unoccupied rooms to shut out as much of the sun’s heat as possible.
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6. Do Not Run Ventilation Fans Unnecessarily
Outside air flows in through cracks around windows, doors, and other openings to replace the cool interior air they remove. The longer fans run, the more hot air is pulled into your home.
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7. Stock Your Freezer to Save Electricity at Home
Because of air flow, a full freezer is more efficient than an empty one. Keep your freezer stocked to save on your electricity bill.
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8. Cover Up Liquids
This is a more obscure, little-known way to save electricity at home. Uncovered liquids in the refrigerator make it run longer, so cover up that cup of milk or juice, or cold coffee that you’ll have to reheat for the third time (#momlife).
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9. To Preheat or Not To Preheat
It is only necessary to preheat an oven if you are baking breads or pastries. Baking times for cookies and breads are super precise so you don’t want to try to save electricity here.
If you are cooking a casserole, or oven-baked fries, or reheating something in the oven, you don’t need to preheat the oven before you pop the food in.
You’ll save electricity by putting the dish in at the same time as you are heating up the oven.
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10. Save Electricity at Home by Using Cold Water
You can use cold water in your washing machine to save energy. Cold water will clean clothing too, y’all. Use cold water detergent if you are worried about the clothes getting clean.
Even just switching two or three of these 10 ways to save electricity at home will save you money. Add in more strategies and you’ll save even more!
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