Energy Reduction Tips To Save Money

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Typical American household wastes more than 50% of the energy it consumes each year? These losses are primarily from thermal and electrical sources, and can be greatly reduced to save money. Listed below are some of the simplest, low cost/no cost solutions to greatly reduce your energy consumption. By slightly changing your habits and lifestyle, you can achieve extensive energy reduction and save thousands of dollars.

• Install a programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat you can keep your house at a comfortable temperature when you are around and either reduce the heat or turn off the air conditioning when you are not. Setting the thermostat for different temperatures at night / during work hours you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year!

• Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs greatly reduce your electrical consumption. See the lighting section Green Gizmo for more information about these bulbs.

• Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Your dishwasher uses lots of electricity to heat and dry your dishes. Turn off the heated dry and just open the dishwasher door when the cycle completes. Your dishes will dry just fine on their own and you will save lots of electricity!

• Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use. Computers typically draw anywhere from 60 to 300 Watts of power when on. That’s like leaving 3 to 15 CFL bulbs running all the time!!

• Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. According to recent survey basic home electronics (known as vampire electronics) can draw up to 10% of your electrical consumption when OFF!!! Electronics such as TV’s, home theater systems chargers, ect draw excessive power even when off, and an entire months worth of this adds up to a lot of power! Check out the energy saving portion of green gizmo to find automatic switching power strips!!

• Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F. Did you know that the typical hot water heater draws up to 18% of your total energy cost per year!! 120°F is the recommended temperature for sanitary purposes and will keep you from overheating and wasting heated water. Installing a water heater blanket is another low cost option to help save hot water and can be purchased in the Green Gizmo store.

• Take short showers instead of baths. This is another way to reduce your hot water consumption.

• Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Dishwashers and Clothes washers are most efficient when they are used at their maximum!

• Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline. Did you know that most cars drop 25% in efficiency from 55 to 75 mph. This means that 25 miles per gallon at 55 miles per hour turns into 18.75 Mpg at 75 Mph!!! Reduce your speed and save gas!!! Check out this site for more statistics on a few popular cars.

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2 Responses to “Energy Reduction Tips To Save Money”

  • Brilliant tips. I can say that these simple tips can really help us in eliminating our electric bills. Best tip is, unplug all appliances and electric generating products. Don’t just turn-off, unplug it.

  • Excellent tips. John is right you have to physically unplug the power cords to the devices that is not used at the moment. Most electronic devices suck in electricity even when off as long as it’s still plugged. I think they call it “vampire” electricity. Usually its the current used to light the LEDs of power buttons..

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