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Energy Saving Tips and Tricks
Slash your electricity bill in half with these simple energy saving tips and tricks
If you're looking to do your part for the environment or slash some zeros off your quaterly electricity bill, this hub will provide you with practical energy saving tips and tricks that you can start implementing today.
- Swith to energy efficient compact fluoresent lightbulbs. Although they cost more up-front, fluoresent lights use up to 75% less energy than the traditional incandesent lightbulbs and last substantially longer.
- Switch off applicances that aren't being used or that are on stand-by. Things like micrwaves, television sets, modems, computer monitiors, etc, consume substantial energy during the majority of the time they are not in use.
- Reduce the use of high-energy consuming appliances, such as air-conditioners. Reducing the amount of sunlight entering the room and using fans instead of air-con can save close to $500/year.
- Check the energy rating on appliances before you buy. The lesser power they consume the cheaper they are to run.
- Consider installing solar panels on the roof to produce electricity and supply it to the local power grid. Although they are initally quite expensive, they are a worthwhile investment in your home, and can save large amounts of money as you only pay for the surplus energy required. So if your solar panels produce more electricity than you use, the electricty companies pay you!
- Look for energy saving alternatives, such as drying clothing on a washing line, rather than in an energy gobbling dryer.
- Try boiling one cup of water at a time to reduce the unneccessay excess power.
- More often than not, your hot water is too hot. Try turning your hot water system down from 75oC to 60oC to save arond $200 a year, and still have plenty of hot water. Also, turn on your hot water system for an hour or two at a time to keep the water hot for up to three days.
- Many people freezers are colder than neccessary, and so use exces power. Try increasing the temperature in your freezer by two degrees and fill large spaces with blocks of ice. This way, the motor works far less, extending the life of your freezer and saving electricity.
- The brighter the screen light on computers and tvs, the more power it consumes and the more you have to pay. Try turning down the brightness to a watchable level to save.