For most of my childhood and teen years my father would shout, ” Your killing me with the lights!”
Yes, I was one of those teens that would go from room to room leaving all the lights on. Little did I know that my seemingly innocent flip of the switch was actually increasing my families energy bills.
I will admit that for most of my adult life I have been blissfully unaware of my energy wasting ways. But as I look for more ways to save money on household expenses I only seems logical that reducing energy consumption would fit right into that plan.
Here are some ways to look at reducing your energy usage and save yourself some money in the process
- Turn the lights off. (Yes, my dad was right.) There is no sense in lighting a room no one is in.
- Use motion detectors or timers
- Dust the coils on your fridge to keep it running efficiently
- Wash full loads of dishes or laundry to make your appliances work most efficiently
- Let your dishes and clothing air dry.
- Set your computer to sleep mode instead of leaving a screen saver up.
- In the summer months (or in hotter climates) change your AC filter at least once a month.
- Take advantage of natural light
- Unplug electronics and small appliances when not in use
- Turn down the heat (or up the air) at night or when no one is home
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