15 Tips for Saving Electricity

15 Tips for Saving Electricity
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    Reducing your energy consumption can come about in a number of ways including through your electrical usage at home.

    Your electrical consumption is prone to spike at various times of the day as well as during certain seasons when spikes in demand, i.e. Christmas lights, are factored in.

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Saving electricity is good for the wallet and is good for the environment too. Not sure where to start? Well, our 15 handy tips include some that you may already know as well as a few surprises that will get your attention.

1. Let there not be lint. Remove the lint from dryers after use. Lint build up can make your clothes dryer work harder, consuming more electricity or gas if it is a gas unit.

2. Dry it full. Only use the dryer when you have a full load. For small items, invest in a drying rack to allow your clothes to dry naturally. Consider investing in a clothes line to avoid dryer use completely.

3. Let there be light. In winter months, keep your curtains, blinds and shades open during the day to let in natural light and to help warm your home. On hot, sultry days close these up, turn on a low wattage light bulb and delay activating your HVAC system.

4. Turn it down. Your hot water heater may be set too high. Temperatures of 110 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit is adequate. If you plan on being out of town for several days to several weeks, turn the unit off while you are away.

5. Change your filters. A hard working furnace consumes more energy, including gas and electricity. Change your air filters at least once annually to help it breathe and work freer. Choose the right size filters too — poorly fitted air filters just do not get the job done.

6. Turn off the lights. When you exit a room, turn off the lights. Consider automatic lights with sensors for select rooms. Use timers to control lights while you are away.

7. Just shut it. Windows and doors left open while the heat or air-conditioner is on is a waste of energy. On days when the HVAC system is operating, close up the house. On other days, open up the windows to bring in fresh air.

8. Keep it free. One reason why you may be playing with the thermostat is because your air vents are obstructed. Keep furniture away from floor vents to ensure that air freely flows around your room.

9. Use fans, if possible. Air conditioners consume more electricity than fans. Use ceiling fans instead of air, if possible. Use them both to ensure better circulation of cooler air, but put the HVAC on higher setting to reduce energy consumption.

10. Install an electronic thermostat. Replace your manual thermostat with a programmable electronic thermostat. Automatically set it and put it at a higher setting in the summer and at a lower setting in the winter to conserve energy.

11. Dress smartly. No, you don’t need to make a fashion statement around the home. But, if you put on a sweater and layer your clothing during the colder months, you can keep your home at a lower temperature. In summer months, break out the shorts and loose-fitting tee shirts.

12. Naturally defrost your foods. Plan your meals by taking the meats and other frozen foods in your freezer and placing these items in your refrigerator. Avoid using the microwave to defrost your food, a convenience that also consumes more electricity. Avoid defrosting at room temperature, however, as you want to avoid a possible food poisoning incident.

13. Consider your greenery. If your home is already surrounded by a thick population of trees, consider leaving your canopy in place. Your home will be cooler in the summer and you can delay your air-conditioner use accordingly. If you plan on staying in your home for many years, plant new trees. Look for faster growing varieties that offer maximum shade possibilities.

14. Seal it up. Drafty windows, leaky doors and exposed skylights can cause heat to escape from your home. Caulk it, seal it or cover it over to reduce energy loss. Bolt your windows shut too to avoid energy seepage.

15. Time your use. Did you know that electrical rates can fluctuate throughout the day? Typically, rates will begin to drop after 7 p.m. or 9 p.m., check with your provider. Run the dishwasher or washing machine at night and you will enjoy the same cleaning, but at a lower price.

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How much energy can you save? One tip alone may yield small savings, but bring these together and your electrical bill as well as your gas bill should begin to drop. Also consider having your energy supplier provide an energy audit. Most utility companies do these for free, providing a great way for consumers to learn how best to conserve their energy, and saving them money all year long.

Author Information

Natasha Risinger is a consultant in the energy industry. Her articles appear on a variety of eco, business and home owner blogs. For more information see www.texaselectricityproviders.com.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".