Save Electricity for the Environment
by Jeanette Joy Fisher
Saving electricity helps the environment with less
production. Even if you're not interested in saving money
on your electric bill, you can help the environment by
cutting down you home's consumption of electricity.
However, as energy costs continue to rise, you may be
among the millions of Americans who are looking for ways
to save electricity around the house. Here are some ideas
that can save you small amounts of money in themselves,
but can add up to significant savings when taken
Five Cs of Electricity Consumption
Let's start with preparing your meals. If you find
yourself getting ready to reheat some leftovers from the
night before, consider using your microwave. It will save
you as much as 40% in electricity cost and will take
considerably less time than heating your leftovers on top
of the stove.
If you're only preparing meals for one or two people, use
the smaller burners on your stovetop. They use less energy
than the big burners, and generally won't take any longer
to prepare your meals. If you want to save even more, get
a meal started in your crock pot before you head off to
work. That way, it will be ready to eat when you get home,
and you will have saved a considerable amount of
electricity in the process.
Computers: A Surprising Charge
You don't always have to save huge amounts of energy to
see a drop in your electric bill. For instance, just
leaving your computer monitor on all the time can cost you
nearly $18 a month (approximately 60 cents a day).
Cell Phone Chargers
If you leave your cell phone and battery charger
plugged in, you'll pay $1.50 a month for the privilege.
That might not seem like much, but small things like that
represent a giant energy drain on the country when
combined, to the tune of more than $8 billion a year,
according to the Alliance to Save Energy.
Another place to realize significant savings is your
washing machine. It used to be that laundry needed to be
washed in hot or warm water to kill germs, but with the
advances in detergents, most clothes get just as clean and
are just as germ-free when washed in cold water. Not
heating large quantities of hot water for washing clothes
can save you a considerable amount of money each month.
Setting your thermostat a little lower in the winter and a
little higher in the summer can also save significant sums
of money. This is especially true if you've going to be
out of the house for any length of time during the day.
Even a few degrees up or down can save more than $100 a
year on heating and cooling costs, according to Alliance
to Save Energy calculations.
All in all, it won't take a huge effort or sacrifice to
save yourself significant amounts of money on your
electric bills every month. Look at your lifestyle and the
things you use around the house every day. Do they really
need to be on all the time? Can you do the various things
you do on a daily basis in a different way that will use
less electricity? All it takes is a commitment to begin
paying attention to the many small energy-draining details
that can make a noticeable difference in your overall
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