Top 5 Ways To Save Energy Without Spending A Cent
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Only 5 ways? How could this possibly help much? You may have seen lists of 50, or even 100 things you can do to save energy, and when you load them, you see that many of the things are repeated and could have been condensed significantly. For example: A suggestion to turn off electrical equipment The post Top 5 Ways To Save Energy Without Spending A Cent appeared first on Green Building Elements .
Only 5 ways? How could this possibly help much? You may have seen lists of 50, or even 100 things you can do to save energy, and when you load them, you see that many of the things are repeated and could have been condensed significantly.
For example: A suggestion to turn off electrical equipment when not in use could be stretched out into over 20 suggestions, each being a suggestion for individual appliances, and there is no need for that!
So, here is a list of 5 things you can do which will significantly reduce your energy costs, and they won’t cost you any money. This is an up-to-date one for the 21st century.
- Did you know that time-of-use electricity pricing helps power companies to save fuel, by encouraging you to use the surplus energy which would other-wise be wasted at night? Create a clear schedule which you know you can follow for the usage of certain appliances and enjoy lower night-time energy rates. For example: use the dishwasher at night when the TOU pricing applies (often after 6:00 PM). Start the washing machine during that time period as well.
- You likely heard this before, but it really is one of the greatest suggestions: Turn your water heater, television (especially large tvs, even LED ones can consume over 200 watts), A/C and other appliances off when not in use.
- Laptop computers use a considerable amount of power too, especially when they are left on (often about 20 watts, and over 60 when charging). Consistently put them in standby mode when you are not using them. I understand the desire to be able to resume your activities quickly. They recover from standby in a matter of seconds (including Windows 7), and they use about 1 watt of power in standby mode, so it helps.
- Do not refrigerate anything that does not require refrigeration. This is not because the refrigerator would use more energy if filled more, but because you will have to open the doors more frequently as more of your snacks, etc, are in there. That would cause you to let out more cold air, causing the refrigerator to stay on longer, and consume more power.
- Gently brush off, or vacuum the condenser coil assembly underneath (sometimes at the back of) your refrigerator. Take a quick look under and behind the refrigerator, you won’t miss them. Beware of spiders and rats. Also wash the air vent at the front of the refrigerator periodically so it doesn’t become clogged. The condenser acts as the refrigerator’s heat exhaust system, if it is clogged, it performs inadequately and stays on longer. Do the same for your air conditioner’s condensing unit outside.
Source: My Personal Research and Trials.