How to Lower your Electricity Consumption at Home
One of the most common issues that homes are concerned about today is on cutting down electricity bills. With the rise of gadgets and gizmos today, is it possible to use home appliances and still be able
to conserve power and even cut down your energy consumption? Here are some practical ways to effectively reduce power consumption in your home.
1. Turn off and unplug.
Electronic appliances should be turned off and unplugged when they are not in use. Modern appliances just go to standby mode when they are switched off, which means, they still eat up electricity. You should unplug all battery packs and battery chargers of your mobile phone, notebook, digital camera, portable music player after charging.
2. Schedule your laundry and ironing once a week.
Limiting your ironing to once a week will minimize your use of electric iron. Since an ordinary flat iron can consume 1000-watt of electricity. Use washing machine only when you have a full load. Avoid tumbling dry. If possible, hang your clothes out to dry.
3. Implement lights out.
You can also reduce your power consumption by switching the lights off when not in use. If possible, it is also wise to open your windows, roll up your blinds and let the sunlight illuminate your home. Replace
your old incandescent bulbs with newer more energy-efficient bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps consume less power and they last longer than most incandescent bulbs.
4. Use Electric Fans.
Whenever possible, you should lessen your use of air conditioner and use electric fans instead. Fans consume less power than air conditioners and are a better, more eco-friendly way of circulating air inside your home.
5. Shower instead of taking a bath.
Use the shower when you bathe: it uses less water than filling up a tub and thus requiring less power to replenish the hot water in your water heater. You can also save more electricity and water by switching
to newer and more efficient shower heads.
6. Do regular maintenance.
Clean, adjust, and inspect electrical appliances in a regular manner. You can save power consumption by just wiping the dust off your electric fan blades or by keeping your refrigerator clean. By doing
regular check up on your electronic appliances, you not only maintain the good condition of your device, but you also maximize its usage and maybe even extend its life span. Of course, you must also make sure to follow proper cleaning methods and you must always refer to the user’s operating manual of a specific appliance for your own safety. Repairs should only be done in manufacturer authorized service centers by authorized technicians.
7. Switch to rechargeable batteries and laptop computer.
Rechargeable batteries costs less in the long run and are more eco-friendly compared to disposable batteries. Nowadays, the use of laptop computers instead of desktop computers is proven to be more practical because laptops have rechargeable batteries that only need to be recharged after more or less two hours of continued use. Laptops require less power to operate therefore they are far more energy efficient than desktop computers.
These simple, practical tips and changes stated above can help you cut energy cost in your home. Apply them immediately and you will begin to see a significant drop your electricity bill.