How to Save Electricity at Home
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Below are some tips to save electricity at home that KnowInsider wants to recommend:
Unplug devices when they are not in use to save electricity
This seems like an obvious one, but many people are unaware of how much electricity they burn by having unnecessary devices plugged in. A simple tour of your home will prove that there are likely several plugged in items which probably don’t need to be. For example, electrical items on standby, such as TV’s, computers and video games. All draw a small amount of electricity whilst waiting for use. If you’re not using them for a while turn them off at the wall. The electricity they consume might seem small, but when put together over a long period, it all adds up.M
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Be efficient when cooking to save electricity
Use lids when boiling pans on the hob and make sure that you’re using the right saucepan on the right ring. This can make a huge difference, speeding up cooking times and using far less energy. Another great tip is to use the whole oven when you’re cooking so that the energy being used to heat the oven isn’t wasted.
Use large appliances together to save electricity
Your washing machine and dryer may be energy efficient, but they’re still consuming a lot of electricity with each use. To save as much energy as possible, pool your laundry together (as a family or roommates) and do it all at once. This will cut down on the number of times the washer is used per week.
The washer’s heating feature should be treated as optional; heating isn’t always necessary, and you can have perfectly clean clothes using cold water. You can also cut out dryer use by drying your clothes in the sun if you live in a home that allows for it. If you can’t avoid the dryer, then use a lower setting even if drying might take a bit more time. If you use a dishwasher, ditch the heated drying cycle by drying with a napkin. You could also leave the dishwasher door open and allow for air drying.
Wash clothes on a lower temperature to save electricity
Most of your washing can be done at a lower temperature – like 30 degrees – and still provide the same results. Doing this will help to reduce your electricity consumption as your washing machine won’t need to heat the water to such a high temperature.
Stay up to date on maintenance
Your appliances will work more effectively and save you electricity at home if they are cared for. For example, when your air conditioner filters are clogged up, you might choose to turn it up higher because the regular temperature doesn’t do so much anymore. By changing the filter (monthly, as recommended), you can get enough cold air at a minimal temperature. The same system applies to your dishwasher, tumble dryer, and other appliances.
Unplug your freezer monthly
Your freezer needs to be defrosted occasionally, usually once a month. When there is excessive ice buildup in the freezer, its system works harder to preserve all that ice and maintain the freezer’s very low temperature, using up more energy.
Whenever you want to defrost, simply unplug the freezer and remove all food items. Leave the door open for a faster melting process, and then dry out the freezer. Turn it back on, and once cool, repack your food items. Ensure that you place items properly to allow easy flow of cooling air (so your freezer’s system doesn’t work too much!).
Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable or smart thermostat is one of the most energy-efficient appliances to have in the home. Many people burn electricity throughout the day because they don’t want to go home to a too-hot or too-cold house. With a programmable thermostat, you can pre-set your home’s temperature at different times of the day.
For example, you can keep your home at a certain temperature all day, and set the thermostat to heat your home or reduce the temp one hour before you get home. This approach will help in reducing your energy bill and saving electricity, according to Trvst.
Purchase energy-efficient appliances to save electricity
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This is an expensive one to get into, but if you’re upgrading appliances then making sure you get one with a high-efficiency rating will help save you money every day that it’s running.
Don’t boil a full kettle to save electricity
Unless you’re making tea for eight people, there’s not much call to keep the kettle full. Not only does it take longer to boil, it requires more energy to do so – simply filling for roughly the amount you need to use can save you money and time with every cuppa, as Good Energy.
Energy efficiency can benefit your home in a myriad of ways:
It can save you money by lowering your electric and gas utility bills.
It can maintain the temperature of your home, making it more comfortable.
It improves the indoor air quality that your family and pets breathe every day.
It maintains the longevity of your home and increases its overall value.
It may correct several underlying health hazards and safety issues from gas-emitting equipment.
It can increase your household’s level of independence, reducing your home’s dependence on natural resources like oil and coal.
It can significantly reduce the harmful effect your home has on the environment.
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