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Summer Energy Saving Tips

Updated on March 12, 2013

Peanut Talks About Saving Money On Your Electric Bill

Hey! Peanut here. So, I've been researching ways to save a little money off the ol' electric bill. You know, to help out my peeps save a little extra money. Money that could be used, for... say... some of those fancy gourmet treats from the BIG pet store. You know, the kind they sell by the pound. Yeah, they're really nice there. They actually let me come in and walk around, unlike some of those big discount stores! You know who you are!

Anyways, here are some great tips that will help you save some money off you're electric bill this summer.

A compact fluorescent light bulb.
A compact fluorescent light bulb.

Use Compact Flourescent or LED Light Bulbs

I like things that are easy. And probably one of the easiest ways to see a drop in your electric bill is to change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent, or LED light bulbs. See this chart I threw together...

Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, and LED Light Bulb Comparison

Comparison of incandescent, compact florescent, and LED light bulbs. LED
Comparison of incandescent, compact florescent, and LED light bulbs. LED

As you can see, you might pay more upfront for a compact fluorescent or LED light bulb, but them beauties last longer than mouth full of peanut butter. When you factor in the savings in electricity, they more than pay for themselves.

But wait... That's not all...

Yeah, you've probably already heard that you can save money by using either CFL or LED light bulbs - it's true, but that's so yesterday. Here's something you can really sink your teeth into. If you live in a warm climate, there's additional savings you don't hear too much about. Take a look at this chart...

Savings from Heat Reduction

Cost savings from heat reduction when using CFL and LED light bulbs
Cost savings from heat reduction when using CFL and LED light bulbs

Okay, I know you're saying, 'Peanut, no way, how does that work?' Well, here it is...

I'm a curious dog, so I found myself wondering if a 10 watt LED light bulb puts out just as much light as a 60 watt light bulb, where did the extra 50 watts go? After all, if you're thrown 2 bones, and you look down and see only 1 bone, that other bone went somewhere.

It turns out that this smart guy, Julius Robert von Mayer, from the 1800s must have had a dog too, and applied this same logic to energy. He said energy cannot be created or destroyed, it just changes forms. Just like the bones, it goes under the couch, or somewhere.

So, it turns out, that extra 50 watts turns to heat. Need proof? Get one of them easy bake ovens that produces those lovely tasty little cakes that Katie used to make when she was smaller. Katie is my sissy, but she was born a people instead of a Dachshund. The easy bake oven uses a 100 watt incandescent light bulb to cook, because they give off a lot of heat. LED and CFL bulbs put out very little heat. So, to keep the temperature in your house the same, your air conditioner has to cool and additional 50 watts worth of heat per incandescent bulb to stay at the set temperature.

So that chart says you'll save $4.72 in cooling per 1000 hours of LED light operation versus a regular 60 watt bulb. But wait, it only costs $2.40 to light the LED bulb for 1000 hours. That means....

240 bones minus 472 bones = -232 bones. Hmmm..... negative 232 bones. Convert bones to dollars, and wow!

Negative $2.32 ???? How did that happen? That's more in savings than the light bulb uses to begin with.

Allow Info Dog to explain:

The incandescent light puts out so much heat, that if you change that bulb to a LED bulb, you'll save so much energy from not having to cool the extra heat from the incandescent bulb, that it's like getting the LED lighting for free (bulb and electricity), plus you save an additional $2.32 from the energy not used from cooling the extra heat from the incandeschent bulbs!

Doxie disclaimer: Remember, that's per 1000 hours of light usage, in the warm sunny time when the air conditioner is being used.

Okay, I went on a bit of a rant about CFL and LED lighting, but I'm done... So on to the next after looking at some bulbs!

Here are some LED bulbs from Amazon... - Peanut says to get some now to save some money off your electric bill!!!

Incandescent Lighing vs. Compact Fluorescent or LED Lighting

Peanut wants to know what you think about energy saving bulbs versus the regular incandescent light bulbs.

Let you dishes air dry to save energy.
Let you dishes air dry to save energy.

Let Your Dishes Air Dry

Ok, here's another easy one. Change the setting on your dishwater from heat dry, to air dry. When the wash cycle is finished, just open up your dishwasher, and extend the racks. Only danger is your canine buddy might lick the plates thinking there's some left over spaghetti sauce that needs some cleaning. Not talking from experience here or anything, just sayin...

Change Your Air Filter

Here's another simple tip. Change your air filter frequently. The more dust that builds up on your air filter, the harder your blower will have to work, using more electricity. While you're at it, think about getting an electrostatic air filter, especially if you have allergies like my peeps do. It has a static charge that traps more dust, pollen, and other air born contaminents than regular air filters do.

Check your door to see if the weather stripping needs to be replaced.
Check your door to see if the weather stripping needs to be replaced.

Check Your Weather Stripping

Check your weather stripping around outside facing doors. If you feel hot air coming in (or cold air in the winter), you may need to replace it. Cooling your house in the Summer is probably the biggest single item on your electric bill, so don't let it trickle out!

Weather stripping wears out over time on frequently used doors, or can lose it elasticity, especially at the bottom. If it's worn enough, I can smell outside smells indoors, where it's cool - like when the grass is being cut, or my favorite, when somebody's grilling!

Take a look at this video on how to install weather stripping on an outside door.

More to come....

More energy saving tips to come. I have a ton of em.

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      PEANUT857 5 years ago

      @OliviaDaughter LM: Thanks!

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Great lens.