5 Tips for Conserving Electrical Energy in Your Home

Saving electricity in your home isn’t just good for your wallet; it is also good for the environment. Billions of tons of carbon emissions are released from nuclear power plants that are providing power and electricity to millions of homes in cities and towns nationwide. While electricity was a huge boon for technological advancement, it has certainly done its fair share of damage on the atmosphere. If we want to maintain a healthy and sustainable balance, it is important to conserve as much energy as possible. Pretty soon we might be left having to come up with other options. Here are five tips for conserving electrical energy in your home.

  1. Turn off lights when you leave a room. If you combine all the lights that are left on when they don’t need to be, you paint a pretty scary picture of energy and money waste. Before you leave a room, make sure to always flip the switch off. This also includes lamps and other sources of light. If you need a reminder, or other people in your home do, you can always leave a note. Sometimes a friendly reminder goes a long way.
  2. Adjust your thermostats. The thermostats in our homes are a huge source of electrical energy loss – not to mention all the energy that is lost when you let your air conditioning system run longer than it has to. So, you might want to install a programmable thermostat that allows you to program and schedule the temperature of your home according to the external and internal temperatures throughout the day. In fact, programmable thermostats can save your family up to 30% on energy and electricity bills. Just make sure, though, that you actually program the thermostat.
  3. Install CFL or LED lights. Incandescent bulbs are vastly more inefficient than low energy, or energy-saving bulbs. Also, they last up to fifteen times longer. If you think about it – you might as well have up to fifty light bulbs burning at all hours of the day, which can really start to add up. However, CFL and LED light bulbs burn just as bright and use only 5% of the amount of energy that the old-fashioned bulbs use. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and save money, lose your old bulbs.
  4. Make it a team effort. Sometimes getting your family together, or the other people in your household, can make it a lot easier to conserve electrical energy. This is especially true when it comes to turning off electrical appliances when they don’t need to be on and even making sure the refrigerator door is closed if someone else forgets to. When it comes to saving electrical energy, it definitely takes a village, or at least a household.
  5. Be aware of vampire electronics. Vampire electronics are gadgets and appliances that appear to be off, but they are actually sucking a lot of electrical power. These include laptops and cellphones that are plugged in to charge, but are done charging, and even gadgets and electronics that have flashing lights. A good rule of thumb is: if it has a light flashing, it is using electricity. The solution: simply unplug it.

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