by Nikky Wates
(Aspen, Colorado, USA)
If you're looking for easy ways to save electricity then the good news is that it doesn't have to be difficult! You don't have to do everything - start small and you'll be making a difference right away.
If you're looking for some simple ideas to follow then here are fifteen ways to get you started.
First on the list of ways to save electricity is laundry. Simply start washing your clothes at a lower temperature and you could save a huge amount of energy! And leave your laundry outside to dry as often as possible.
2) Switch Off Lights:
One of the easiest ways to save electricity is to get into the habit of turning lights off as soon as you leave a room.
In the winter you can help to save on your heating bills by checking for draughts around windows and doors. You can buy cheap draught-excluding materials from stores to fill these in and save money.
Regularly defrost your freezer to ensure it's running as efficiently as possible.
Do not open your refrigerator more than necessary - every time you open it you'll be making it work harder to cool down again.
6) Cooling Hot Food:
If you want to put hot food leftovers in the refrigerator, let them cool before you put them inside.
When using the kettle, only boil as much water as you need.
8) Electronic Devices:
Instead of leaving them on standby, switch them off and unplug them completely.
Try cooking larger portions of meals in bulk so you can save on cooking in future by freezing portions.
10) Light Bulbs:
Switch your regular light bulbs for energy saving models. This can save up to 75% of electricity usage for that bulb!
Shower for just 5 minutes and you could save a huge amount of energy - especially if you used to use the bathtub!
12) Close The Doors!:
Keeping doors closed around the home in winter can help to keep energy inside rooms that you are heating. Don't heat the rooms that you don't use!
13) Air Filters:
Clean your air filters regularly and make sure that it fits properly to increase efficiency.
14) Your Electricity Provider:
Search for alternative providers in your area and start buying your electricity from a “green” supplier to reduce your carbon footprint.
As you can see, most of these ways to save electricity don't involve you making costly home improvements or buying many supplies - simply change your habits and you could end up saving hundreds of dollars each year on your bills!
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