Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Easy Energy-Saving Tips

It’s a win-win situation: if you cut back on electricity costs, you cut back on carbon emissions. Follow these easy-breezy tips in saving energy in your home:

Switch off and unplug. Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use. Opt for a power strip that you can switch off after use. 

Allow for sunlight. Keep your lights off during the daytime. Open the windows and draw back the curtains to let in more natural light.

Hang-dry your laundry. Do your laundry in big batches on a warm, bright, sunny day. Hang-dry your laundry instead of using the dryer.

Use energy-efficient lighting. Replace old lighting – especially incandescent and halogen lighting – with compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED bulbs.

Choose electric fans over air-conditioning. Global warming keeps air conditioners in business. But air conditioners use up so much energy. It’s best to keep the AC switched off. Use an electric fan as much as possible. 

Keep your freezer full. Freezers packed with items use less energy. Instead of using your ice maker, simply fill your freezer with containers of water to make ice.

Use copper-bottomed pots and pans. The copper enables these cooking equipment to use heat more efficiently. 

Reduce use of hot water. Washing your hands, the dishes, or doing the laundry don’t need hot water. Consider having a solar water heating system installed to further reduce costs.

Use your laptop. Don’t go for a desktop computer if you don’t need the specs. Laptops use less energy.

Conserve battery. Conserving battery on your mobile devices means that you’ll have to recharge them less. Disable Bluetooth and WiFi if not needed. Close apps and kill tasks not in use.



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