by Melanie Edwards
(New York City, USA)
Cook tops that are electric can pose a problem for those that are looking to save energy. These pull quite a bit of electricity to be used effectively.
To help to keep this to a minimum, make sure that you select the right size burner for the pot that you are using.
Another trick with these units is to insure that the bottom of your pan is flat. Those that are rounded have less surface area actually touching the cook top, causing it to take longer to heat and therefore requiring more energy use for the same meal.
Keep the surfaces cleaned and wiped down after each use. If you have a gas stove, in this case, keep the carbon build up around the actual pilots clean as well. They will work better and use less gas in the process lowering your costs while doing so.
Throughout your home you will find various lights on and off at all times of the day, right? Make it a habit to turn them off each time you leave a room.
In addition, you will want to make sure that the smallest comfortable light is in use at all times, not necessarily the light that is going to fill the room.
In addition, as you go throughout your home replacing bulbs (as they burn out of course) begin replacing them with compact fluorescent bulbs.
These are becoming more and more readily available even at the supermarket and department stores. Although they will cost more to put them into your home, they will benefit you.
These light bulbs put out as much as four times as many lumens per watt. So, if you purchase a 25 watt fluorescent bulb, you are going to have as much light as if you were using a 100 watt bulb of the standard, incandescent bulb.
Therefore, with lower wattage use, you will use less electricity and savemoney.
In addition, these light bulbs will last you almost ten times as long as a standard light bulb will. In some case, you won’t have to replace them for years!
This is definitely worth the investment. Doing this slowly as the others die out will allow it to be less of a cost shock.
Your home needs exhaust systems in it. Some older homes may not have them though. This is one system you will want to consider adding if that is the case.
You can benefit from an exhaust fan in your kitchen area to pull out the heat and humidity from the area as you are cooking.
In the summer, their use is outstanding in these areas to keep your air conditioning working less.
In addition, the bathroom is another area of your home for an exhaust system. Here, the humidity can be pulled out before causing the air conditioning to kick on.
But, be careful. During the winter months, do not use these systems as often. They can pull the heat from your furnace that is trying to keep your home warm out, causing your furnace to work harder and losingmoney with energy costs.
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