Who DOESN'T WANT TO SAVE MONEY?? Energy prices along with food and everything else is going UP! A LOT! SO.. let's figure out how to save MONEY IN YOUR HOUSE!
on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 11:10am.
We ALL want to save money and be more efficient with energy in our homes!
BELOW ARE SOME GREAT IDEAS -
Refrigerator, Freezer and Fridge:
Put each cooling device in a place which is as cold as possible, away from heat sources like radiators, direct sunlight or other big energy consuming devices.
Check that the cooling device is at least 5cm (2 inches) away from the wall, and that the air can circulate well.
Increase the inner temperature of the cooling devices. 7°C (45°F) are enough for the fridge and -18°C (0°F) are enough for the freezer.
Keep the cooling devices tidy; label the items in the freezer, so that you can get to the food as quick as possible.
Fill unused space with padding such as polystyrene or just a blanket.
Keep the door of these devices closed.
Check the sealing gasket of the cooling devices: Put a switched on torch (lamp) in the fridge and close the door. Check if the sealing gasket is damaged, and buy a new one if necessary.
Act energy efficient. Let food cool down before you put it in a cooling device and warm up frozen food in the fridge.
Defrost the freezer if there's a layer of ice.
Find the most effective places for lights and light switches.
Paint your rooms in a bright color. More light is reflected by brighter walls and so you need less light to make your room bright.
Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. It is economical to replace a light bulb if it burns for more than half an hour a day. Use high quality L.E.D. - Light Emitting Diode (Best type) or C.F.L - compact fluorescent bulbs.
Don't use ceiling floodlights, unless they are L.E.D. types.
Install and use dimmer switches at less than full brightness for incandescent lamps and other types (CFL, LED, etc.) that are specifically labeled as suitable for use with a dimmer.
Use the right pots. Use pots with a diameter that is as small as possible. Put these pots only on hobs that fit to them or are smaller. Try to use a pressure cooker if you're cooking for a considerable time. Check that the bottom of the pot is even. Keep the pots closed as long as possible. Without a lid you'll loose about 2/3 of the energy.
Reduce the amount of water you use while cooking.
Turn the stove off 5 minutes before you reach the cooking time.
Choose a gas stove or an induction cooker if you buy a new stove.
Boil water with an electric kettle instead of the stove.
Don't preheat the oven.
Bake with circulating air.
Use the oven several times if it's already hot.
Keep the oven's door closed as long as possible.
If the oven has already reached the final temperature turn it off 10 minutes before the food is ready.
Use a toaster or the microwave if possible instead of the oven.
Dishwasher and washing machine:
Check if these devices are connected with the hot water pipe.
Make the devices as full as possible.
Reduce the water temperature and use energy and/or water saving modes.
Avoid the air conditioner. You need 3 times more energy per degree to cool a room than to heat a room.
Ventilate during the night or early in the morning in order to store the coolness for the day.
Keep the coolness in the house during the day. Close the shutters and keep your windows and doors closed.
Use a fan instead of an air conditioner.
Avoid heating with electric energy.While electric heat is the most efficient, it is often the most costly. If you use another energy source (natural gas, propane or heating oil) you can save money on electricity.
Avoid the clothes dryer.Dry your wet clothes on a laundry line. If you are unable to follow this step because you don't have access to a clothesline, fill the dryer reasonably full, but not so full that air cannot circulate, and use the mode "iron-dry".
Optimize the energy consumption of your PC. Modern PCs can be set up to enter energy saving modes from both the BIOS settings page and directly from the Windows Operating system. Enable "Sleep" and "Hybrid Sleep" for desktops and "Hibernation" for notebook PCs running Windows.