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Simple Home Electricity Saving Tips

Updated on April 4, 2012
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With the recent Earth hour event which the whole world participated in, I have been inspired to write a few simple home electricity saving tips that everybody can do and put into practice.

This will not only help us keep some money in our pocket during these hard recession times, it will also help mother earth with the worldwide problem that almost every nation is facing (insert a hyphen – or colon :) pollution. Every time we use power like electricity, somewhere out there a power plant is burning fuel to produce power to sustain our usage which contributes to the pollution problem. If every household practice and follow these simple home electricity saving tips, then it can help conserve power and reduce pollution.

  1. Turn off lights that brighten up a room if no one is using it.

  2. If you can utilize daylight instead of lamps when doing chores, then do so.

  3. Change your incandescent lamps with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps.

  4. Appliances when not in use still use electricity so keep them unplug.

  5. Storing uncovered liquid in your refrigerator will consume more electricity. Liquid container should be covered.

  6. Avoid storing hot food on the refrigerator; cool them first at room temperature.

  7. Dishwasher should be filled efficiently and limit the number of times it is run per day.

  8. Avoid using the washing machine if you don’t have a full load.

  9. Hang your clothes to dry whenever possible.

  10. Keep your air conditioning unit filters clean.

  11. Keep doors and windows close when using air conditioning unit.

  12. Install fast heaters and schedule family members’ shower time close together.

  13. Defrost food at room temperature instead of using the microwave to defrost it for you.
  14. Clean out dryer lint collector. (Courtesy of Au Fait - Thanks)
  15. Change your furnace filters regularly. (Courtesy of Au Fait - Thanks)

These home electricity saving tips are not hard to do, in fact they are simple common sense. Here in my country we experience casual power interruption due to power shortage. If every household do its part in conserving electricity, then it will minimize power interruption. Mother Earth needs our help and by practicing these simple home electricity saving tips we can help her and make our planet a much cleaner and better place to live in.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @SidKemp - Nice additional tip :) Thanks

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      We also minimize our use of air conditioning - even here in Florida. We set it at 86 or 83 degrees (F), and then there is less adjustment when going out in the heat. In the evening, we cool the house off for sleep, then turn the AC off.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @Ruby H Rose - I glad to have help :) Thanks for dropping by.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Great reminders, great hub! Thanks,

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @molometer - Thanks for the providing the logic behind it :)

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @lindacee - Yup I manage to drop my bill by about 10%.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @PegCole17 - It make a lot of difference molometer have a great explanation ;). I started unplugging my aircondition unit during day time and it does make a lot of difference.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      Love these tips. If everyone would adopt these simple habits we could save some of our hard earned $$ and reduce our negative impact on the environment! Voted UP useful and interesting. Thanks!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Tip number 5 is so useful.

      The fridge will just keep trying to evaporate uncovered liquids.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are great reminders of how a little effort on our part can help reduce energy consumption. I never realized that storing uncovered liquids required more electricity and I've started unplugging my toaster and other appliances when not in use. Good ideas!

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @teaches12345 - well I dont have a furnace (so I cant relate) but I can say it is true for air conditioning unit also the motor run much smoother :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have to highlight the air filter points. We were amazed at the energy savings after we had these cleaned in our air conditioning and furnace unit. Thanks for posting these valuable tips.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @alocsin you mean #12 :) Yup I have a small water tank heater here at home. The nice part about it compare to water heater is the water temperature is very consistent that sad part is it an energy magnet.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @Au Fait - Thanks I will add the dryer Lint collector and Furnace Filters. :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I know these tips are from the Philippines but they work just as well here in the U.S. Number 11 is something we don't have. We typically use hot water tanks here for hot water all the time -- the downside is that you're essentially using energy to heat it 24 hours a day even though you use it only a few time a day. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      I usually remove foods from the freezer a day or so before I plan to use them and put them in the frig to thaw. Also, don't forget to change you furnace filters regularly, and to clean out your dryer's lint collector. All these things can save electricity.

      Great hub with lots of good ideas! Voting you UP and useful!