Whether you’re wanting to save more electricity or watch your electric bill, take a chill pill the question ”How do I save more?” is something that enters the realm of everyone’s mind once in a while. That’s why we have prepared a list of our top 10 most efficient (and result worthy) ways to do just that, save more electricity.
1. Switch off the lights when not needed
Especially when you’re leaving for work or for longer periods of time. In fact, any cord that is plugged in will still use some amount of electricity—and this does not matter whether or not a device is attached to the adapter.
As stated in an article published by Science ABC: Chargers continually draw power from a wall socket, even when your device isn’t attached, and while this amount could be as little as .25 watts of energy, imagine that compounded over 4-5 devices per year.
The amount of energy you are passively consuming definitely adds up. Another common way to lose energy is to leave a device plugged into a charger after the battery has already been fully loaded.
2. Use electric blankets in the winter
This, as oppose to turning on the heater. Think about it. Sure your living space is cold. But is it really that necessary to heat up the whole area?
You can find electric blankets here on Amazon. Although some may be more expensive than others, the results are bound to be more kind to your wallet than an expensive heating bill.
3. Turn off the dishwasher before it goes into its dry cycle
The dry cycle, undeniably, can do wonders. However what’s worse is the fact that you’re using more (unnecessary) electricity to complete something that can easily be done by hand.
Sure, it’s going to cost you a few more minutes. But if you really want to save more electricity you’re going to have to step your game up.
4. Use the microwave when cooking small – medium servings of food.
For larger items simply use a pressure cooker to slow cook as oppose to the oven.
You can find affordable pressure cookers on Amazon.
5. Let warm food cool off before placing in the refrigerator
This is self-explanatory. When you place a hot item in your refrigerator or fridge the temperature inside is bound to increase. Therefore your fridge will start to work even harder, and use more electricity, just to stabilize.
6. Use less bulbs with higher wattage
Think about it. Did you know that one 100 watt bulb produces the same amount of light as two 60 watt bulbs?
7. Dimming light switches to reduce electricity consumption
You’re sitting at the dining table with a few friends and the lights are turned on. Oh, how bright it is! We’re pleased to let you know there is a solution—and it’s called a dimmer switch.
As stated in an article published by My LED Lighting guide: Dimmer switches for LED lights work by actually reducing energy used and only uses just enough energy to power the light bulb at the setting of your dimmer. Some of today’s dimmer switches use something called a “Triac Switch.”
This Triac Switch works by cutting off power to the light fixture up to 120 times (variable) per second. Thus, the human eyes cannot detect a flickering and just see’s a constant flow of light.
8. On warmer days opt to drying your clothes outside
Time to bring out that good old clothing line. Why waste electricity when you can easily use earth’s finest natural resource to dry those previous undergarments?
You can find affordable clothing lines and hanging racks on Amazon.
9. For washing machines: use less warm water to save money on heating
Fun fact: your washing machine uses more energy when it has to heat up water for a cycle. This can be expensive when doing multiple loads! Our solution? Use the warm water setting of your machine to adjust the level of heat being used.
10. Wash only full loads of clothes
To put it short: make sure your loads going into the wash are actually worth washing at that moment. Sometimes we all have to make those quick loads in due of an accident or important event coming up.
Conclusion? ‘’If the load ain’t full, the load ain’t full!’’