Ways to Save EnergyWednesday 12th April 2017
Yahoo Finance recently ran an article highlighting 11 ways to save energy - which is worth quoting here. Try them and start saving, here are a few of the suggestiong - read the rest here Yahoo Finance.
1. Perform a Home Energy Audit
Home energy auditors are professionals who come to your home to evaluate your power usage, assessing your home and your past power bills. They'll look for areas where you can increase efficiency. Many electric suppliers provide this service for free, but you can also find a local paid professional.
When the audit is complete, the auditor can recommend energy-saving methods and products.
2. Install Dimmer Switches
The overhead lights in many rooms often provide more illumination than we need. With dimmer switches, you can adjust the amount of light you're using. Modern dimmers also reduce how much electricity lights use.
5. Turn Off Unused Items & Unplug Electronics
Of course, you should shut off all electronics and lights when you leave a room to reduce energy usage. But electronics and appliances can use energy even when they're turned off.
"Gadgets and appliances like TVs, laptops, coffee makers, printers, space heaters and cable boxes continue to suck energy even when turned off," said Andrea Woroch, a consumer finance expert. "Get in the habit of unplugging all these electronics and appliances when you aren't using them. Power strips are an easier and less timely alternative — some even come with a remote control for easier use.”
6. Use LED Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs use significantly less energy than incandescent bulbs. While LED bulbs can cost more, they have a longer lifespan, so you could save money on light bulbs in the long run.
8. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats reduce energy costs by adjusting your home temperature when you're away, at work or asleep. Your energy usage will be reduced because you won't be wasting electricity cooling an empty home.
"The HVAC system uses the most energy in your home, and running the air conditioner or heater can blow your budget. However, installing a programmable thermostat takes the guesswork out of fiddling with temperatures and allows you to preset temps when you are home or away at work or school so you don't waste energy," said Woroch.
Just be careful. "Smart" thermostats are one of a few household objects that might make you vulnerable to hackers.
11. Shop for an Alternative Provider
If you have alternative energy providers in your area, you can always shop around to see if you can find a cheaper option.
"One common way that consumers reduce their electric bill is to shop for a new electric supplier. Many states in the U.S. are deregulated, meaning the residential customers can shop for electricity," said Kelly Bedrich, cofounder and president of ElectricityPlans.com. "In these states, homeowners and renters can shop for electricity in the same way you can shop for cable and internet service. By being able to shop for their energy, the homeowners can often save as much as 30% to 40% off of their energy bill simply by switching their supplier."
Wednesday 12th April 2017