If you want to provide your family with good living conditions and you wouldn’t like to cut costs in a way your children would feel uncomfortable, there’s always a way to save some money at the end of the month and at the same time do something good for the planet.
Here are Tricky Ways to Cut Your Energy Bills
Unplug appliances that you don’t use
Household appliances consume a lot of electricity, even when switched off. To begin, turn off all extension cords. Seventy percent of the electricity is consumed even when the appliances are turned off, but not unplugged. Therefore, disconnect all extension cords and prevent wastage. Also, avoid having appliances in stand-by mode because that way you can save up to five percent of the total electricity in the household.
By keeping all the appliances in order you’ll also save money because they will use less energy. One of the appliances working 24/7 is definitely a fridge, and with it, a freezer. In order to consume less energy, it is important to keep them without excess ice. Otherwise they will constantly use more electricity for cooling.
The selection of new home appliances
In these difficult times, it is hard to set aside money for a new home appliance, but if you have no choice carefully select the new one. Be sure to pay attention to the energy grade. It is recommended to purchase devices that are in energy grade A because they use up to 35 percent less electrical energy than a unit of energy grade D. Although the devices of grade A are more expensive in the beginning, in the long run they are a profitable investment.
Start using LED lights
Good lighting solution for energy saving is switching to LED lights. Using them will increase the life of the bulbs and reduce energy consumption. The LED lights can last up to 10 times longer and use 50 to 80 percent less energy than conventional bulbs.
Heating and cooling – save 45%
Heating and cooling are some of the largest expenses when it comes to power consumption. One of the most effective ways to maintain the desired temperature is good insulation. Additional insulation will reduce energy consumption by 25 to 60 percent. Also, if you use electricity for heating, choose those heaters which have a thermostat. If you use air-condition, make sure that the difference between the outdoor and indoor temperature does not exceed 5 to 10 degrees.
Use the stove wisely
Pots in which you cook should be the same size as the stove ring, and when making food, pots and pans should always be covered. If you use the oven, thermostat doesn’t need to be at maximum and avoid opening the door frequently, because every time you open them, the temperature lowers by about 15 degrees.
If you can choose, always take the shower instead of a bath and wash your hands over the sink, not the bath tub. Before mixing water first release cold water and only then hot water. Inspect and take care of tap rubbers, especially for hot water.
Dishwasher and washing machine
If you want to save electricity with a washing machine, do not use prewash for whites and use shorter programs. In addition to significant time and water savings, in the long run dishwasher will save electricity. Wash the dishes only when the dishwasher is full (this goes for washing machine as well) and avoid cycles with high temperatures.
Solar Battery Charger
Solar battery chargers are as effective as standard ones but, of course, reduce electricity bills. Your portable devices and batteries will continue to have a power source but it will not be the electric grid. Bluetooth devices, iPod and MP3 players, portable gaming consoles, digital cameras, GPS and cell phones, all can use these battery chargers with solar energy transformed into electricity that won’t show up in electricity bill.
Some of these saving methods might seem a bother, but if you keep doing them, they will become a habit. This way you could set a good example for your children, who would then grow up to be people who care about the environment and know how to be frugal.
This is a guest post written by Zoe Clark is a work-at-home mom and a house decorator from a land down under. Her family fuels her passion for creativity and inspires her daily. You can find her blogging at Smooth decorator.
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