Save Energy & Money on Your Homes Power Usage
Posted April 09, 2014


I'm sure we all appreciate how useful and convenient electricity is in our homes. And when you're looking for a new home, an increase in any of the monthly bills is an important consideration.

We try to cut back by setting thermostats lower that we'd like, washing clothes in cold water and reminding everyone to turn off lights when leaving a room. But let's face it, our monthly power bills still don't reflect as much appreciation as we'd like for the sacrifices we make.

In researching the subject, it seems that there are smaller energy users inside our homes that we may be overlooking, and if taken into consideration, could make a difference in our energy bill.

You already know that appliances use electricity when turned off but remain plugged in. Items such phone chargers, televisions, laptops as well as DVD players are constant offenders also.

Now I know it doesn't make sense to unplug everything when not in use (It takes the cable box way too long to reboot). But what we can do is place items like the TV, cable box and DVD player on a power strip and turn it off when the TV is in a standby mode. If you have spare rooms with electronics that aren't used very often, use a power strip with these also to avoid using unnecessary energy.

Video game players, Xbox, PS3, etc. cost you when left plugged in all day. So will coffee makers, treadmills, printers, shredders and sewing machines.

One of the easier energy savers you can utilize is in the type of lighting you use. Since lighting counts for around 12% of the average homes power bill, replacing regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs will save you money.

Posted By: Michelle Keaton-Barrow
April 09, 2014 11:13 PM




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