It doesn’t take a genius to realize that dialing down on energy consumption translates to savings on monthly bills. I only truly realized the importance of saving power I started paying bills. I noticed our bill always seem to skyrocket during summertime so lately we’ve been trying different methods on saving electricity. The most common and obvious way we’ve tried is to unplug electronics when not in use. Now unplugging is different from just pushing an off button; we’ve learned about energy vampires that consume energy even when turned off. These are usually devices like microwaves, coffee makers, and chargers that have a status light that consumes energy.
Another way managing the use of large appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines. Right now, we chucked the A/C for good, but when we were using it we limited A/C temperatures to 25 degree Celsius and don’t have it turned on all day. We also avoid opening refrigerators and freezers too frequently and stock them up with water bottles when they get too empty. Another thing we try to do is clean our condensing coils and to defrost occasionally if the freezer builds up ice. When I wore a uniform we were doing laundry twice a week, now we try to do your laundry and ironing in bulk. We make sure our electronics are in good condition as well. Faulty appliances can double up the power usage.
Aside from turning off lights when not in use, we also opted to switch to compact fluorescent lamps to LED bulbs. A 5-watt LED produces the same light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb at the fraction of the cost.
Lastly, summer days shouldn’t mean barricading ourselves within the comforts of our homes. What better way to save on electricity than to go out! We’re already planning to have a picnic outdoors or go on an outdoor hiking trip with the family; and what’s summer without trotting off to the beach? I just hope I don’t forget to grab a hat and some sunscreen.
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