Learn How to Save on Energy Bills
“The United States uses nearly a million dollars worth of energy each minute, 24 hours a day, every day of the year” – courtesy DOE, Department of Energy
Stunned? You should be. The next question is from where do we get so much energy; one option is our Sun. The amount of annual Solar Energy striking the earth is about 400 times more than what is consumed by us globally. While the demand of solar energy has steadily increased over the past decade, there is a long way to go and many people want to learn how to save on energy bills.
But tapping the Sun’s energy is a process still being perfected, and we have to ensure that we not only move towards cleaner and pollution-free energy, but also save energy by eliminating wastage from our daily lives.
1 ) Use those light switches
Starting with the obvious, always switch off all lights and fans when not in use. We teach this to our children, but don’t always remember it ourselves. When in doubt, turn it off.
2 ) Fill that washer & dryer up
Many a time we run washers, dryers or dishwashers partially full; this does not take lesser energy. Run these appliances with a full load and for one off needs try doing it manually.
3 ) Wash cold vs. hot
Hot water isn’t as good for your clothes. Do your laundry at cooler temperatures to save energy via your water heater and keep your wardrobe looking new for longer.
4 ) Wash the old fashion way
While it may not always be feasible to dry clothes in the open by hanging them on a line, it is advised that one at least use the aeration option for dishes instead of a drying cycle.
5 ) Set your thermostat
While most homes today come with programmable thermostats, most homeowners don’t use them efficiently. A study showed that an average U.S. household can save almost $200 yearly by turning the thermostat back by 10 – 15 degrees for eight hours. In winters one can set the temperature at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit and in the summers you can keep cooler temperatures only when you are at home.
6 ) Use fluorescent light bulbs
Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs over the conventional incandescent ones. They are more expensive to start off with, but they are cheaper to use and last 5 – 10 times longer; more than compensating for the cost, not to mention the 75% energy savings.
7 ) Cut those computers, TVs, DVD players off
Standby mode is not an overnight setting. During the day if you are going to use the device intermittently, you need not turn it off, but if it is going to be off for more than 5 hours, it is best to unplug it.
8 ) Walk
Easier said than done, but automobiles use energy and most of them pollute the environment. Feasible options are walking, car pooling, and using public transport.
9 ) Use efficient appliances
We talked about CFLs which are extremely energy efficient; in addition, use fuel efficient, clear energy cars and appliances that lower the burden on depleting energy resources. Regularly inspect for leaks and wear and tear.
Recycling products reduces CO2 emissions and helps conserve the energy needed to process disposable items.
There is a lot that we can and should do to conserve our resources. A constant endeavour should be made within communities and businesses to eliminate waste and resort to more efficient energy consumption options.
Now that you know how to save on energy bills, you are empowered to act upon these which will not only save you money but will also help our environment. Save on energy bills and do your part for our world.