Make a list of the appliances you use, the hours you need them for and how much you already pay in electricity and water bills. Noting all of this down will help you analyze the situation when you go through our tips for saving money.
Once your list is complete begin finding the time and ways to implement what you learn in this article. Keep track by knowing how much the reduction in your monthly bill is, and don't forget to thank us when you start enjoying the new savings on things of interest and pleasure.
1) Exterior lighting is one of the best places to use candescent florescent lamps. They last extremely long and are much cheaper to purchase.
2) Make sure to always turn off the lights in rooms that are not being used.
3) Replace incandescent light bulbs with new energy efficient compact lights, make sure they are the lowest acceptable wattage.
4) For security lighting use motion detectors or timers on all security lights so they don't stay on all night long.
5) Use natural sunlight as much as possible and make sure all lights are off during daylight hours.
6) Clean your light bulbs often, since dirt decreases the brightness and illumination of the bulb.
1) By keeping your thermostat set at 78 degree Fahrenheit or higher, and on "auto" not "on" you will be saving big on cooling costs. Each degree can mean up to 9% savings.
2) Change your central room air conditioner every 10 years, otherwise it could be doubling your cooling costs by working harder and using more energy.
3) Try using ceiling fans as much as possible to circulate the air because they consume as much electricity as a light bulb does, but make sure to turn them off when you are no longer using the room.
4) Use cheap and inexpensive drapes, shades, awnings, and reflective materials to reduce the heat entering through glass.
5) Always use room exhaust fans in the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom to suck hot, humid air up and out of the house.
6) Apply weather stripping and caulking around all doors and windows to keep the chilled air inside your house recirculating the coolness.
1) Whenever possible use your microwave oven instead of your range oven as this reduces the amount of power used to heat and cook your food.
2) If you must use your range oven, be efficient and cook more than one item at a time so that you can maximize usage and get more out of a single use.
3) Use smaller amounts of water for cooking and use the lowest possible heat to maintain boiling or steaming.
5) Pressure cookers consume much less energy than ordinary pots and pans.
6) Self cleaning ovens have much thicker insulation and will retain heat, making these models more energy efficient than regular ovens.
7) Use smaller cooking appliances whenever possible like electric fry pans, toaster ovens, microwaves.
Shower and Faucet Tips
1) If you take a quick shower rather than a bath you will save on average 20 gallons of water. The third highest use of indoor water is bathing, and because most of us like to use warm water when we bathe it’s also the second highest use of energy in the home.
2) Install a water efficient shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute so you’re not wasting away the water that’s coming out
3) Install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom faucets to reduce indoor water use by as much as 4%.
4) If you turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving you will save more than 5 gallons of water per day.
5) Clean vegetables in a sink or pan partially filled with water rather than running them under the tap water which wastes a lot of water.
6) You can even re-use the water that the vegetables were washed in for watering the houseplants or in your garden outdoors.
7) Keep a bottle of cold water or a jug of cold water in the fridge which will help you reduce waste when running the tap and waiting for the water to get cold.
Water Appliance Tips
1) Don't use your dishwasher unless it is full. Only use it when you have as many dishes as you possibly. This will give you the most efficient use of your water, energy, and detergent. Dishwashers use as much as 25 gallons of water per cycle.
2) With growth of modern technology it’s no longer necessary to pre rinse your dishes in the sink before loading them into the dishwasher, these days dishwashers do an amazing job of cleaning dishes, pots and pans without having to waste water by pre rinsing.
3) If you’re in the market to purchase a new appliance, be a smart shopper. Look for an appliance with several difference cycles. This will allow you to select more energy and water efficient cycles when heavy duty cleaning is not really required.
4) Never run your laundry machine for one or two items. Wait until you have a full load of laundry before running the machine to save both water and energy usage. If for some reason you really need your clothes cleaned and can't wait for a full load then try using a lower water level to match the size of the load and reduce consumption that way.
5) Once again when purchasing a new washing machine look for higher efficiency models that reduce water consumption by 30% and reduce energy consumption by 40-50%.
1) Whether you knew this or not, toilets can account for almost 30% of all indoor water usage - way more than any other fixture or appliance.
2) Older toilets installed prior to 1994 use 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush, and as much as 20 gallons per person per day. Replacing an old toilet with a new model saves a typical household 7,900 to 21,700 gallons of water per year, cutting both your water and waste water bills.
3) Install an ultra low-flow toilet which only requires 1.6 gallons (6 liters) per flush.
4) Don't use the toilet as a trash can, excessive and wasteful flushing costs you more money.
Watering And Gardening Tips
1) Water your lawn before 8am or after 6pm and make sure to avoid watering on extremely windy days.
2) Watering in shorter session is much better for your lawn. Three 10 minute sessions spaced to about an hour apart will allow your lawn to better absorb moisture than one straight 30-minute session.
3) Only water your lawn when it needs water, over watering promotes shallow root growth, making your lawn less beautiful.
4) An easy way to determine if your lawn needs to be watered is to walk across the grass. If you leave footprints on the ground it’s time to water.
5) up to 30% of water can be lost to evaporation by watering the lawn during midday so make sure to do it early morning or evening.