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Innovative and Exciting New Ways to Conserve Energy

Updated on August 6, 2014
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Unplug all your electronics now!
Unplug all your electronics now! | Source

New Ways to Conserve Energy

Do you want to think outside the box? Do you want to find exciting new ways to conserve energy? Are you tired of spending money on that pesky electric bill? Do you geniunely care about the environment? My friend, you've almost come to the right place! I am here to sort of help you save money by using less energy.

When I say we are going to think outside the box today, boy, do I ever mean it. Forget those silly little ideas about turning off lights when you leave the room. We are going much further than that. I intend to take your electric bill down to practically nothing. My friend, we are going to be conserving energy in a major way today if you follow my helpful tips.

Who needs meat when you can have a delicious banana?
Who needs meat when you can have a delicious banana? | Source

Hot or Cold Food - Who Needs It?

The first thing we are going eliminate to help you conserve energy are all those annoying kitchen appliances. You need to unplug your refrigerator and unplug your stove. Next, forget about that electric can opener, the microwave, and toaster oven. We are going appliance-free from now on!

Have you heard about eating nothing but raw vegetables? You are going to start with that diet right now. You are going to be so healthy in no time. Have you ever wanted to go vegan? Now is the time to start. After all, you can't have meat or dairy products without a fridge, so welcome to your new lifestyle.

You are, however, allowed items like granola bars, bread, cereal, etc. You can even go to restaurants when you feel like eating something cooked. You just can't take any leftovers home to put in a refrigerator, because... well, it isn't going to be plugged in anymore. Oh yeah, it is all about breads and fruits and veggies from now on. Good times, good times.

Candles are so pretty!  Why bother with a lamp?
Candles are so pretty! Why bother with a lamp? | Source

Keep the Lights Off

Do you like candles? I'll bet you do. If not, you'd better start. No more lamps for you, my friend! Gather some candles and sit in the dark. The best part of all of this is, in the summer, most areas stay light for a long time. You won't even need to break out the candles or the flashlights until around 9 p.m. anyway.

You might also want to invest in some latterns. They can add a fun, 19th century look to your home. Don't forget all the fun you can have in October. Jack 'o Latterns make a fun decoration, but also look excellent with candles.

Turn Off the Electric Heat

Do you use electric heat as your primary heat source in your home? Well, not anymore! For that matter, oil heat and all the other options are not helping the environment too much either. So guess what? Embrace the cold! For that matter, if it gets really cold in the winter, you can use the snow to keep your food cold since you can't use your fridge any longer. Awesome! That is a win-win right there.

After all, Snuggies and Forever Lazy pjs are popular for a reason. Everyone is buying them because no one can afford heat any longer and you can wear a Forever Lazy while using your Snuggie. This is the perfect solution! Also, if you've already lit a number of candles in your home, you can gather around them for warmth. You see how this is all working out perfectly?

It might be cold, but the electric bill will probably only be 30 cents.
It might be cold, but the electric bill will probably only be 30 cents. | Source

Use the Library

The library is a lovely, quiet spot with working computers, lights, books, and heat in the winter and AC in the summer. Therefore, this is the place where you should start spending some quality time. You can use their computers instead of using your own and you can borrow books to read at your home. If you can't see the books due to that whole "no lamp" rule or you don't have enough candles, stay in the library reading books until it closes.

Did you know many libraries have coffee shops now? Oh yes, this is the place to get some warm coffee, too. You didn't think I was going to allow you to run the coffee maker, now did you? Just imagine all of the new friends you will make while buying coffee and hanging out near the heating vent just to get warm. I am sure they will applaud your innovative new lifestyle.

My new energy source!
My new energy source! | Source

Stop Watching TV

Oh, wait. Now this has all gotten out of hand. All of this extreme energy conservation stuff seemed like a good idea when I got started, but I am not giving up my TV. I don't mind sitting in my livingroom changing the channels on my remote control with gloved hands, but giving up the TV completely is just not working out for me. I am going to have to come up with some new ways to conserve energy.

Does anyone know how to produce energy using a hamster wheel? Once I get that worked out, my next hub "Even More Innovative and Exciting Ways to Conserve Energy" will be released. Now, time for me to get some wires, attach them to my hamster's wheel, and begin training my hamster, Mimi. She doesn't know it yet, but she is totally going to help me go green.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for checking out my hub. I am happy you enjoyed reading it. Of course, I doubt anyone is going to conserve too much energy with this hub, but who knows.

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    DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

    This will greatly help people save their pennies for some more days. These are practical tips which all readers must heed because no amount of preaching will make us ever learn to conserve energy than thinking about our pockets which everyday become drained for wasteful practices we have at home. So, better be informed and use information for our own sake.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    You are so right. I live in Maryland and lately we've had storms that knocked out power for days. My aunts figured out how to make oatmeal and coffee on the grill.

    I have a DVD player that needs to be charged but basically runs on a battery. Perhaps I could charge it at the library!

    Thanks so much! I was pleasantly surprised I won. Thanks for the votes, too! :-)

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    Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

    Well, let's see, if you can't go to the library for coffee, you can always start a fire on the grill outside and make it.

    As far as the TV goes, they used to make some with batteries. Who knows?

    Funny and voted up and I am now following you. Congrats on your award - well deserved, I might add.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    TToombso8 - Wow, see my theory is right! You can store food outside during the winter and it will stay cold. :-) I think you are right about the cold toilet, too. People are much more likely to go as quickly as possible if the bathroom is cold. Thanks for the comment!

    josh3418 - I am happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment!

    lambservant - Wow, coffee seems to be the big dealbreaker in this article. I will live without that long before I live without cable and TV. :-) Thanks for dropping by my hub!

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    Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Great tips, I will be sure to implement all of them...but like unnamedherald, I cannot give up coffee. so there is one exception.

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    Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Jeannie,

    Fascinating hub Jeannie! These are some great ways to conserve energy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Great ideas, Jeannie! When we had frequent power outages in AK that lasted more than a day or two, we would often pack our coolers with the fridge food and store it outside on the upper deck away from the wolves and other critters. Worked great! (The power always seemed to go out when it was the coldest part of winter). We would heat our bath water on the gas stove, sleep by the fire place and all stay in one room where the fire place and lantern were located. The bathroom got a little cold, but people don't need to be hogging up the toilet anyway. :) VUMS! Loved it!!!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks, Alecia! Yeah, the more I worked on this, the more I realized electricity is my friend, too. I actually hate conserving energy, but I feel like I have to just to save money. I walk around unplugging stuff all the time and keeping lights off. Boring!

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    Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    Who needs hot or cold food? You had me there Jeannie. That diet sounds like some extension of the caveman diet but it's not for me. Call me crazy but electricity is my friend. Now I can relate to the idea of not blasting your AC and going somewhere else but I'd still want my home to be cool when I get back. Great hub as usual!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    weestro - You are so right. My hamster shouldn't have to do all the work, so I will need to pitch in, too. Thanks so much for checking out my hub!

    healthylife2 - Thank you for the vote up and thank you for sharing!

    UnnamedHarald - Wow, you require a lot of coffee! Hehe. Hey, and 7-Eleven is open 24 hours a day. I can't tell you the coffee will be good, but it will be there. Thanks for the comment! :-)

    fpherj48 - You've gathered nuts, too? That is perfect! I forgot to add that to this list. Peanut butter is another food item that won't need to be refrigerated, so that will work on bread. You see? Who needs a fridge? Once I get that whole hamster wheel and electricity producing system down, I will let you know. :-) Yes, coffee and lack of sleep usually do go hand in hand. Thanks for the comments!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jeannie.......How curious! Unnamed Harald drinks coffee from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m..........and he can't sleep. Hmmmmm? Let's see.

    I can't WAIT to see your reply to Harald!!!

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    David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    I applaud your research and ideas... but I cannot give up my coffee and the coffee shop isn't open 24 hours a day (I only drink from 5:00 Am until 11:00 PM, but still). Another thing, I can't sleep. Do I stare at candles all night? How much do candles cost? What about the consumer police? You are violating the very basic foundation of the economy: buy, buy, buy, borrow, buy, buy, buy. Oh, and GREAT pictures by the way. Nice one, jeannie.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jeannie....."In this economy...." Yes, we know. Great hub, jeannie....My husband and I have implemented all of your ideas above, long ago and we applaud your generosity in sharing with the general public.

    We eagerly await your follow-up hub, "Even More....." Please mail us a copy via USPS,to our home address..... since I'm sending you this from the library computer. Hubby and I just picked up our week's worth of fruits, nuts and veggies.......YUM!!

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    Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    Great tips...very helpful in this economy! Voted up and shared!

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    Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

    Love the hamster in a wheel idea, also we could get a stationary bike to power the tv and all get exercise in the meantime!!! Awesome hub, voted up!

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