Ways You Are Wasting Electricity
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Ways You Are Wasting Electricity

Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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Is your electricity bill higher than you expected it to be? This can happen if you are wasting electricity. There are many hidden ways that wasting electricity could cost you money. Here is some advice that can help you to stop wasting electricity.

Don’t hold the fridge door open
You are hungry, but aren’t sure what you want to eat. Many people solve this problem by opening the refrigerator door and looking at the food inside it until they figure out what they want to eat.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences estimates that 7% of a refrigerator’s total energy use is the result of opening its doors. You can save on electricity if you figure out what you want to eat first and then open the refrigerator door to get the ingredients.

Don’t leave appliances plugged in when not in use
The U.S. Department of Energy has advice on how to make your appliances more energy efficient. One way is to look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY Star certified computers and office electronics power management features and efficient internal and external power supplies to ensure energy savings.

Use Advanced power strips to prevent electronics from drawing energy when they aren’t being used. Many consumer electronics continue to draw power even when switched off, which could add an extra 10% to your monthly utility bill.

One easy thing to do is unplug your appliances when they are not in use. It only takes a second to plug the microwave or coffee maker back in right before you need to use it.

Don’t use the dishwasher’s drying cycle
The Department of Energy says that a dishwasher’s drying cycle is an energy waster. A more energy efficient way to dry dishes would be to open the dishwasher door and allow the dishes to dry before putting them away.

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