3 Tips for Saving Energy – and Money!
Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
How high was your electric bill last month? Were you shocked by the cost? One way to save money on electricity is to make some changes that help save energy. Use less energy, and the cost of your electric bill should go down. Get started with these tips!
How to Save on Energy
Change Your Light Bulbs
Energy efficient light bulbs can save you money because they use less energy than “regular” lightbulbs do. Energy Star products, including light bulbs, meet the energy efficiency guidelines set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
An Energy Star certified light bulb saves $6.00 a year in electricity costs and can save $40.00 to $135.00 over its lifetime. They use about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and last 10 to 25 times longer. It is possible to “do the math” and calculate about how much money you would save if all the light bulbs in your home were energy saving bulbs.
Use the Cold Setting
Most laundry detergents are designed to work in cold water. This means you can safely use the cold setting for most loads. Save the hot water, and the energy it requires, for your dirtiest loads of laundry. Did you know that most of the electricity used by your washing machine goes towards heating up the water?
If you have an older washing machine, and an electric water heater, you can save up to 50 cents per load by using the cold setting. That comes out to about $175.00 a year in savings! When you are ready for a new washing machine, consider an appliance that fits the Energy Star requirements.
Let Your Computer Sleep
Many of us have our computers (and computer monitors) running day and night. That wastes about $40.00 a year (or more) in electricity. You can save that $40.00 simply by changing the settings on your computer’s control panel. (Or. “System Preferences” if you use a Mac).
Set your monitor to turn off after fifteen minutes of inactivity. You can also change settings to tell your computer to “sleep” after a certain amount of time has passed with no activity. Set your computer to shut down after thirty minutes of inactivity. Turn off the screen saver. They can use up a lot of energy. Once you set your computer’s monitor to turn off after fifteen minutes of activity, you won’t actually need to use a screen saver to prevent “screen burn”.