It is not necessary to be an environmentalist to be interested in saving electricity. Electricity prices keep going up, and it makes sense to control costs. In fact, controlling costs is becoming more and more of a necessity for many families.
Renewable energy generated from sunlight and wind can help to reduce emissions and slow the use of non-renewable fuels like oil and natural gas. However, there’s another side of the equation: conservation. To create a sustainable society, we need to generate more energy from renewable sources, but we also need to use less energy.
What are the best ways to save electricity? There are quite a few household appliances that are high wattage electricity consumers. For example, hair driers, microwave ovens and electric kettles can use quite a bit of power when they’re switched on. However, the appliances that use the most power are both energy intensive and tend to be left on for long periods of time.
It is possible to reduce the energy used by a fridge/freezer by keeping it clean, avoiding long periods of time with the door open, and turning down the temperature a bit. However, the best way to save electricity is to purchase a small or highly energy efficient unit. If it costs a little more, chances are it will pay for itself in energy savings within a few years.
The Tumble Dryer
In many homes, the tumble dryer uses more electricity than anything except the fridge/freezer. Avoid using it, if possible. Hang wet clothes outdoors on clotheslines or use an old-fashioned pulley dryer. If it’s a necessary appliance, then buy an energy efficient model that’s equipped with a shut-off sensor so that it won’t run for longer than necessary.
The Giant Flat Screen Television
The large flat screen televisions that are so popular today tend to be energy intensive, especially if they use plasma technology rather than LCD. The television is another good candidate for a high efficiency replacement, especially if it is heavily used. Never leave the TV on when it isn’t being watched.
The Electric Heaters or Furnace
Electric heaters and electric furnaces are energy intensive. Invest in a high efficiency boiler and a hot water system or turn down the thermostat. In households that are dependent on electric heat, don’t leave the heat on for any longer than necessary.
Households that are still using incandescent light bulbs will see dramatic reductions in their electricity bills if they switch to compact fluorescents or LEDs. High efficiency, long lasting bulbs that will fit almost any type of light fixture are available, so there’s no good reason not to change over.
The Cooker and Oven
Electric hobs and ovens are also energy intensive and frequently used for long periods of time. Opt for gas or high efficiency electric ovens and cookers.
Consider Installing a Smart Meter
To find out more about how much power specific appliances consume, consider installing a Smart Meter. A Smart Meter will provide a minute by minute accounting of exactly how much electricity is being used in the house. It is incredibly helpful for identifying the appliances that are adding excess pounds to the energy bill.
Renewable energy generation and energy conservation are two strategies that work together to reduce our dependence on our limited supply of coal, oil and natural gas and to lower emissions. While it takes an up-front investment in equipment to produce renewable energy and correct planning rules, it’s easy to conserve energy. It’s something that can be done every day and that will reduce both environmental and monetary costs.