The Little Things that Eat up Electricity
In your fight to go green by saving electricity, most likely you’ll be more familiar with tips that include turning off the lights when not in use, turning off the air conditioning or heater when you don’t actually need them, and other major contributors to your electricity bill. But do you know that there are actually little things that you may not be aware of that contributes to your wastage of energy?
This list might be able to help you to save on electricity consumption more in the long run, especially when taken in bulk:
1. Are any of your appliances on standby mode? A quirk of many modern appliances is that they stay on standby mode even when you’re not using them. The basic premise behind their design is supposedly so that it would be faster to turn them on. Usually you can tell an appliance is on standby because of a single red dot: DVD players, TVs, CD players, and similar equipment typically go on standby mode. Experts reveal that even on standby mode, these appliances tend to eat up the same amount of energy as when they are turned on. As such it would be wiser to unplug all appliances that you are not using.
2. Does your child use a night light? Of course, most, if not all, kids, prefer sleeping in their own rooms only when they have a night light. What type of night light does your child use, and how many watts are consumed by the bulb? If your child loves a certain cartoon character and insists you buy the night light with that character on it, be sure you are willing to shell out the extra cash in your utility bill, as these items typically utilize the higher-wattage bulbs. Instead, you can opt for a 1-watt or 0.5-watt night light. Of course, you will have to forego the cartoon character, but you can try to make up for it with a mural or a poster to decorate your child’s room.
3. Do you leave your water dispenser plugged in and turned on so you can have hot and cold water anytime you want it? This little appliance may seem like a non-negotiable for some people, and may often be overlooked when trying to save electricity. But do you know that dispensers that heat up water as well as cool it down can consume a great amount of electricity, almost at a big percentage of that consumed by a small refrigerator? You might benefit from turning it on only at times when you usually use it, such as early in the morning for coffee and late at night before you head to bed. The rest of the day when nobody is home, it would be best to unplug it.
As you can see, it’s not only the major changes in life that can affect your consumption of electricity. Making wise choices even in the little things will also contribute a lot to how you care for the environment. Of course, training children to make these wise choices early in life will translate into an even greater impact, so be sure to impart your love for the earth to your kids!