These savings tips are not painful and will help your pocketbook while helping the environment.
By skibum1910 from Prospect, KY
We added insulation in our attic and I was amazed at how much it helped with temperature control not only in the winter but the summer. It's about 7 degrees cooler on the first floor. Here's a neat diagram that explains where you need insulation, it can help all over the house!
Your TV, dryer and computer use the most energy of all appliances. Turn off the TV or computer when you're done with it. Try running the dryer for half the time you're supposed to. Lots of times, things dry faster than you think. Read more books. Take a walk.
How I save energy in my home is really easy. I start with the fridge since it is one of the items in the home that uses the most energy. When I take a jug of milk out, I replace it with another filled with water. A full fridge will not run as much as one that is half full to nearly empty.
I use what hot water I plan for the day such as bathing and washing dishes and then I turn the breaker for the hot water heater off, after allowing the water to reheat. Since I have it wrapped in a blanket, it will stay hot for me to use the next day. On the third day, I turn the breaker back on to heat water again.
One day a week, I do all of my basic cooking for the week. That keeps the oven and stove from being used each day. Plus, it cuts down on heat in the house during the summer. Reheating it only takes a minute using the microwave.
By Bren from Birmingham, AL
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Good for you. You wouldn't believe the times of day I do my cooking and chores as we have half price electricity after 10 at night and at weekends. Midnight jam anyone?
Your article is really good and practical. There are only two of us and our energy bill is too high. Thank you for writing. (We use the TV one hour a day but I do use the computer...and turn it off/unplug it when I'm finished)
I purchased white night lights that have an on/off switch from the dollar store, for all over our house. We find they put out plenty of light. For example in the bathroom, the light is fine to use the bathroom, brush our teeth, get dressed, etc. We then switch them off and use the brighter lights as necessary for combing hair, applying makeup, etc. Another example is in larger rooms, someone reading may use a brighter light to read by, and you could use a night light on the other side of the room where someone is watching TV or just relaxing.
What the what? Edit: I thought you said you did hair to a night light. I'm having a laugh at myself right now.
Which dollar store did you score them at and do you have pictures of the nifty lights? I ask which store because where I live, there is a Dollar Tree chain and now and then I'll find something very useful like an LED flashlight I scored for 1.00 including batteries a day before our power went out for 3 days and thank God I rolled up on that little flashlight! Sounds cool...wonder if it could work for me? :) Thanks for posting!
I buy my nightlights at Dollar Tree. Also, they have replacement bulbs at four for $1 which is an excellent price. I have one that is like the one the poster mentioned. I keep it in my kitchen to see in the evenings. The other one is in the bathroom. that has a sensor and goes on by itself when it is dark.
I agree that these are wonderful. I suggest leaving some on in the entry area for when you are out at night. Most of us usually leave a lamp on inside so we don't come home to a really dark house. But the night light is a much cheaper light to leave on.
Sometimes it's okay not to listen to your mother. You can wear white any time of the year and leaving your air conditioner running when you're not home doesn't save money.
If you seldom use your computer's peripherals, save money by plugging those devices into a separate plug-strip that you can switch 'on and off'. Even if you have your devices turned off, those little transformers are still drawing watts if plugged in.
With the end of many states' electric rate freezes, the cost of electricity is rising at an alarming rate. Even if you're still protected under a frozen rate, it's not a bad idea to alter habits now.
Even though fuel prices have dropped a bit, I still save as much as I can. I live in a hilly area. Whenever I can, I put my car in neutral and coast. I seem to be saving a few gallons every mont, it adds up!
Energy Saving Window Covers. To save on high gas bills, I replaced the curtains on the Northwest side of my home with black 3 mil paper. The paper absorbs the heat from the sun and prevents the leaking of warm air inside to the outside. . .
Here are some simple ideas for saving energy, from gasoline to electricity. Do you have some ideas that are not mentioned in this list. Please add them, below.
I save on utility bills by air-drying virtually ALL of my laundry. In good weather, I use my backyard clothesline (my environmentally friendly solar-powered dryer).
Video game consoles use a lot of energy, and they waste a lot of energy when not being used. You will save 75% of that energy, if you turn them off when they're not being used.
Saving money from your electrical bills by simply unplugging your appliances or turning off your surgers, especially if you have a digital TV. Turning off your surger that the digital TV is plugged into will save your TV life too.
I just read this on "Earth Easy", great tips:
Keeping our electric bill down is continually a challenge. We have had over 30 days over 100 this year. I keep a folder to store any tips I find in magazines. While cleaning the folder out last week, I came across a great article I would like to share about high tech's hidden cost. This is average annual energy cost for each item.
To help keep gas and electricity bills down, slow down your water when you take a shower. For some reason we think we need it on all the way.
In your office, while not using your equipment, keep these items turned off or in "sleep" mode, until ready to use and turn off immediately after each use.