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Simple Ways to Save Energy at Home


As the cost of energy skyrockets and people become more aware of the diminishing supply of natural resources, finding ways to save energy at home is more important than ever. There are numerous small changes that can be made throughout the day that will make a huge difference when that electric bill comes and will in turn reduce the impact on the Earth.

One of the easiest ways to start saving energy is to turn off lights in rooms that are not occupied. Also, switching standard incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs will save up to forty dollars over the life of each CFL even though they may cost a little bit more than the old incandescent bulbs. This is because they use less energy and last longer. Use the bulbs with care though; like every fluorescent bulb, they may contain mercury that can escape when they break.

Another good way to save energy at home is to use lids while cooking in order to keep the heat in the pot and thus reduce cooking time. Always use a burner that fits the size of the pan; using a big burner for a little pan is a waste. If you are planning to use the self-cleaning option on the oven, do so immediately after baking something because the oven is already hot and will not have to use extra energy to heat up.

When leaving the house in the summer, set the thermostat at eighty. In the winter, drop it down to 60. There is no need to keep a house either freezing cold or toasty warm if there is nobody there to enjoy it. It is a simple thing to make adjustments when people are home and the money saved by doing something this easy will be astounding. Also, air filters should be changed at least every three months so that central heating and air units will function at optimum efficiency.

Finally, fix any leaky faucets in the house as soon as they start dripping. A faucet with a steady drip will leak up to one hundred sixty-five gallons a month; that's more than one person uses in two weeks. If it is a hot water leak, it is going to cost more in both water and electricity. Another great way to save water is to turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth. Up to three gallons of water per person can be saved every day by doing this and it keeps the water pump from cycling on and off as well.

Just making some minor adjustments in daily habits can bring about tremendous changes that will be obvious when those utility bills start rolling in. Learning how to save energy at home is financially smart and ecologically responsible. There is no reason to give up personal comfort. Just make smarter decisions and it will pay off in more ways than one.

What You Can Do
Spread the word
  • Tell people you conserve energy and use enery efficient appliances.
  • Read a book that explains how to conserver energy.
  • Look for small ways you can conserve energy every day.
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Why Conserve Energy - National Wildlife Federation
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Reduce Energy - U.S. Dept. of Energy
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