Electricity.....How to Use Less
Do you want lower utility bills? When it comes to looking at ways that you can save money in the household
budget, the utility bill for power is one area that can show great dividends.
From the moment we wake in the morning to the last light turned off at night we are consuming power and wasting
That light may have been burning for hours even while you weren't in the room and using a bulb that isn't energy
Look around each room in the house and see just how many bulbs you have that are the old incandescent type.
Make sure the next trip to the market replaces those that are on for a good part of the evening with compact
fluorescent light bulbs [CFL's] that use less than 25% of the electricity.
That's a saving of several hundred dollars for the average home per year. If you have an electrical heating
system can you set the thermostat lower and still survive?
Home heating takes nearly 30% of the household's annual budget and yet without adequate insulation and leaky
doors, windows and roofs, much of this expense can literally disappear without having any of its intended
Check all exterior weak points and seal or replace broken or warped fittings. Check and get rid of hidden air leaks around the house.
Add insulation to roof cavities, under floor and into wall linings to make your home draught free, cozy and more
efficient. Also look at the state of the appliances you use every day and their energy rating. Most will also have
settings that use less energy or can be adjusted for the size of the job you need done.
Operate appliances with a full load where possible for the best efficiency and turn them off at the wall when
you are finished.
This applies to every piece of electrical equipment in the home. Standby modes for something as small as a
microwave can add $50 or more to the annual energy bill if not totally shut down.
Count how many of these you have and see how much potential there is for real savings in that utility bill. When
looking at appliances that operate continuously, the hot water tank is one area that can realize big savings as
Simply turn down the thermostat to about 60? and cut up to 30% of your running cost for hot water. If the system
is poorly insulated and the pipes not lagged then begin immediately to rectify this.
You may also want to look at reducing some of the size of appliances when they need replacement. Does anyone
really need a six foot wide screen to watch television - especially when there are less numbers in the
Some features in machines such as refrigerators are frankly an exorbitant waste of power.
Cold water on tap can come from the faucet, not an over engineered machine for keeping perishable food cool.
There are other extravagant demands on home energy supply such as spas, heated swimming pools and saunas that
may be used for a fraction of the time that they are operating. Consider whether you actually need such status
symbols and one may argue that they are not even that any more.
Setting an example by cutting back on such wasteful users of power may add more credibility to your position
than steam rising from a pool on a winter's day. In essence there are plenty of ways that power savings can be
achieved and your utility bill reduced.
It may take nothing more than stooping to turn a switch off at the wall before that last light is turned off at
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