Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ways to lower your energy costs!

I've been working on this post for awhile trying to find the best tips about lowering your energy costs as I could. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

  • Program the thermostat. Give the air conditioner a break during the work day. Shifting the settings to allow higher daytime temperatures could cut the average household's electric bill drastically. 
  • Put off washing the clothes during the day.  Makes sense right? It's hotter during the day.  Running that dryer will just make it hotter.  Save those chores for later in the evening when it's cooler outside (which makes it easier to keep it cooler inside).
  • Use fans. A breeze makes the room feel a few degrees cooler. Just be sure to turn it off when leaving. 
  • Clean it up. Clean air filters AT LEAST once a month. (Also check dryer vents about every 6 months or so.)
  • Put your computer to sleep.  Configure your computer to "hibernate" automatically after 30 minutes or so of inactivity. The "hibernate mode" turns the computer off in a way that doesn't require you to reload everything when you switch it back on. Allowing your computer to hibernate saves energy and is more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer from scratch. When you're done for the day, shut down.
  • Turn it off.  Before you leave a room, make sure everything is turned off! (Including the lights.)

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