Saving Electricity TipsThe biggest electricity users in the home tend to be heating and/or air conditioning, water heating, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, lighting, and the refrigerator. When looking to save electricity, spend the most time focussing on these big energy hogs to get the biggest effect for your efforts.
Here are a selection of tips to help you to reduce your electricity consumption:
1. Turn off your television, video, hifi, playstation, and other entertainment devices when they are not being used.
2. Do not leave your television etc in standby mode. Devices can use up to 90% as much power in standby mode as when they are on, so it is a serious waste of energy when a device is left constantly on standby. If you keep forgetting, consider purchasing a PowerSafer - a device which automatically cuts power to appliances when they go into standby mode.
3. Replace all of your inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient CFL bulbs. Replace halogen spotlights with much more efficient and longer lasting LED Spotlights.
4. Hang your clothes out to dry rather than using an electric tumble dryer. Ideally use a spin dryer before using the tumble dryer.
5. Cook many items at the same time when your electric oven is hot.
6. Use a microwave to reheat food or to cook small portions. Although a microwave uses a lot of power, it does so over a very short time and so saves energy overall.
7. Turn down your heating system thermostat. For every degree you lower your heat between 60° and 70° F you can reduce your heating bill by up to 5%. Wear an extra layer of clothing in the house so that you stay warm. Turn down individual radiators - for example, 16°-18° is warm enough for bedrooms whereas 20°-22°C is more comfortable in bathrooms. Rooms that are rarely used can have their heating turned all the way down or off.
8. Purchase energy efficient white goods (washing machines, tumble driers, fridges etc). Although they usually cost a little more initially, the cost savings in electricity will cover that many times over. As an added benefit, efficient items are usually better made and last longer than inefficient models.
9. Vacuum clean the condenser coils at the back or underneath your fridge freezer. Accumulated dust reduces their efficiency by up to 25% adding that cost to your electricity bill.
10. Keep your fridge full, but not so full that air cannot circulate properly.
11. Fold clothes straight out of the tumble drier while they are still warm to save on ironing.
12. Cool cooked food before you put it into the fridge.
13. Do not put uncovered liquids into the fridge. Their evaporation will make the fridge have to work harder.
14. Heat only as much water as you require for drinks and cooking. If you keep forgetting, purchase an energy efficient eco kettle.
15. Use a convection oven. A small fan inside circulates hot air throughout the oven cutting cooking times by up to 30%.
16. Don't preheat the oven for roasting.
17. Don't keep opening the oven door. Every time you do so, your oven loses 20°C of heat.
18. Put lamps in the corner of a room so that the light is reflected off two walls.
19. Turn down the temperature on your washing machine. Heating the water uses the majority of the electricity, so by doing a warm wash instead of a hot wash, big savings are possible. See Wash Most Clothes at 30 Degrees.
20. Defrost frozen food in the fridge since this helps to cool the fridge.
21. Running a full load in an efficient dishwasher will use less hot water than washing up by hand in the sink! Save money, save time, and save electricity.
22. Boil water in a kettle rather than on a hob to save 50-70% of the energy and to get your water boiled faster.
23. In the summer use ceiling fans on a fast setting instead of air conditioning to keep cool. In the winter, running the fans slowly will push warm air collected at ceiling height down to where you want it. (If the slowest setting on your fan is too strong, reverse the direction of the fan in the winter so that the accumulated warm air is blown up against the ceiling and bounces more gently down around the walls and into the living space.
Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment. Did you know that:
- 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
- 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
- 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
- 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
Some Interesting Facts
- Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
- The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
- The largest lake in the Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in 8 months.
- On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
- As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
- Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
- 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier.
-Turn off tap while cleaning your teeth, shaving or washing your face. You can waste up to 9 litres a minute by just letting the water pour down the sink.
-Take a short shower rather than a bath could save you up to 400 litres a week. If you do have baths, just half fill them.
-Fix any dripping tap, you can waste 90 litres a week which will cost a lot more than what might just be the price of a new washer.
-Don’t overfill the kettle when making a cup of tea. Only fill and boil what you need, this will saveyou money on your energy costs too.
-Only use the washing machine and the dishwasher when you can put on a full load. It wastes both waterand energy to run only a half full machine.
-Keep cool water in the fridge so that you do not need to run water down the sink to have a cold drink.
Fit water saving device in your cistern to save when flushing, this can save you 3 litres a flush.
Think before throwing used water down the drain, eg water in a pan after cooking, this could be reused
for watering plants around the house when cooled down, or in the garden.
for watering plants around the house when cooled down, or in the garden.
ELECTRICITY SAVING TIPS:
Don’t Leave Electrical Appliances on Standby
Many of us with use the remote to switch off the TV or stereo, leaving the appliance running on standby.
This actually means the appliance is still using up electricity and wastes a considerable amount of energy. By switching off at the main power button, or even the socket, you could be saving both energy and money.
Items left on standby use up to 85% of the energy they would use if fully switched on. An extra million tonnes of carbon will be released into the atmosphere through this power wastage.
Electric tumble dryers are commonly the second biggest energy user in the home, after the fridge. They are obviously used a lot less, but still use a huge amount of electricity when switched on.
You can avoid using the dryer so often by line drying clothes whenever possible or using an indoor clothes dryer when the weather is bad.
If you do need to use the dryer, then ensure the clothes are as dry as possible after washing, eg, they have gone through a fast spin so that there is minimum excess water. This will reduce drying time considerably.
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