We all know how important it is to conserve electricity. Finding ways to do this helps us hit two birds with one stone. If we save on electric consumption, we not only lessen our expenses but also preserve planet Earth. Below are some ways we can save electricity in the home.
Maximize the use of natural lighting
The windows in your home are there for a reason. It’s about time to put them to good use by moving those heavy curtains to allow some sunshine in the room. Whenever possible, we should raise those blinds instead of turning those light switches especially when the sun is up. We will not only save on electricity bills but also uplift the mood.
Studies have shown that a brighter room can contribute positively to a person’s moods. If at all possible, re-organize your work space in such a way that natural lighting cascades to the area that is often used for daily activities.
Upgrade your light bulbs
If you still use incandescent bulbs in your home for lighting, seriously consider upgrading to more efficient and energy-saving alternatives such as LED bulbs. These days, LED bulbs are very affordable and provide you with longer usable life.
Studies have estimated electric consumption savings of up to 80% when a household switches from incandescent to LED lighting. Upgrading all your home lighting to LED may cost a significant amount. What you can do is to work towards that goal one room at a time. For instance, you can change all bedroom lights for this month and then living and dining room lights in the following month. This way, you can still work within your monthly household budget.
Turn off the lights when not needed
We live in an age of multitasking, which has greatly affected our attention, focus, and awareness. A straightforward but effective tip to conserve electricity is just to be more conscious and mindful of the number of powered lights that are switched on at any given moment. If you can switch some of those lights off without greatly affecting good lighting in the room, make an effort to do so. Simple habits such as turning off lights in a room when you leave it can add up to significant cost savings in the long run.
Unplug appliances when not in use
When appliances stay plugged, they continue to use electricity even if they are switched off. For instance, a TV that remains plugged into an electrical source continues to consume energy long after that last episode you viewed the night before. If you run an inventory of the number of appliances you have which are glued to those electrical sockets, you may be in for a surprise.
A great tip for appliances and gadgets that are located in one area is to use a power strip. By just a flip of a switch, you can cut electrical supply in an instant, instead of tediously unplugging all those devices one by one.
The list above may comprise very basic tips to save on electricity, but all are guaranteed to bring energy and money savings when followed diligently. Why wait? Save electricity today and save the world!