For better or worse, electricity is indispensable to life as we know it. Although we may not yet be able to produce enough clean energy to power the world, we can reduce environmental damage by learning how to save electricity whenever we can.
Learning how to save electricity is becoming a priority for more and more people. So far, the primary methods that humans have used to produce electricity have had pretty negative consequences for the environment. And although the world is slowly turning towards wind and solar power, the production of electricity continues to damage the world that we are handing down to future generations.
To help you reduce your carbon footprint, we’ve compiled this list of easy ways to conserve energy.
1. Switch Off and Unplug
The simplest energy-saving trick requires nothing more than a bit of consistency and attention. Not everyone seems to know that you can save a considerable amount of money per year by diligently switching off and unplugging electronics that are not in use.
- Perhaps one of the easiest ways to save electricity is to unplug devices that are in standby mode.
- Unplug devices when they are finished charging, instead of letting them linger.
- Like mom always said, switch off the light when you leave a room, and don’t keep extra lights on that you aren’t using.
2. Use an Energy-Saving Device
Another one of the simplest ways to save electricity is literally plug-and-play. Energy-saving boxes are designed to save you money on your electric bill by stabilizing electric current. Some boxes, like this one on Amazon**, promise to cut up to 35% of your monthly costs.
You can also buy energy-saving switches with built-in timers, like this one on Amazon**.
3. Switch to LEDs
Are you still using “energy-saving” light bulbs? Switching over to LED lights is another of the easiest ways to conserve energy, and could save you hundreds of dollars a year. To find out exactly how much you stand to save, use this energy savings calculator.
4. Ways to Save Electricity While Cooking
- Always boil liquids with a lid, so all of the heat from the stove is being put to work.
- Using an electric water kettle is cheaper than boiling water on an electric stove.
- The microwave also uses less energy than an electric stove, but remember to cover your food when you’re heating it up, so none of the heat goes to waste.
- Be sure that the pot or pan you’re using is not much larger or smaller than the burner.
- When baking, use convection and make sure that you don’t let the heat escape by opening the oven door too often.
- Turn off the oven or the burner a few minutes early, to make use of the lingering heat.
5. How to Save Electricity: Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
When you’re out buying a new home appliance like a refrigerator, washing machine, or dryer, look for certified ENERGY STAR appliances. According to energystar.gov, products that earn the ENERGY STAR are independently certified to save energy, save money, and protect the climate. These may be a bit more expensive than conventional appliances, but depending on your usage, the monthly savings they’ll provide could make them well worth the investment.
6. Help Your Refrigerator Use Less Energy
Here’s how to help your refrigerator more energy-efficient:
- Don’t put things that are still hot or warm in the refrigerator. Let them cool down first.
- Don’t stand in front of the refrigerator browsing for snack with the doors open; decide what you want beforehand (Mom was right again).
- Keeping the no-frost function turned on all the time uses extra energy. Try switching to low-frost mode.
7. Going on Vacation? Turn everything off!
If you’re planning on being away from your home for an extended period of time, unplug as many devices as you can, like your microwave, TV, internet router, etc.
8. Put Your Computer in Energy-Saving Mode
Looking for more ways to conserve energy? Try putting your computer in energy-save mode (you should be able to easily find this option in the settings panel). And remember, when your computer is in sleep-mode, or your laptop is closed, it is still using electricity. Shut down your computer completely when you aren’t using it to save the maximum amount of power.
9. Use A Water-Saving Shower Head
If the water in your home is heated with electricity (as opposed to gas), look into getting a high efficiency shower-head, like this one on Amazon**, so you can take long, guilt-free hot showers.
10. Ways to Save Electricity While Doing Your Laundry
- Make sure that you are washing a full load of clothes every time. Don’t run a full cycle for only a half-load of laundry.
- Sunny summer day? Try hanging your clothes out to dry instead of putting them in the dryer. This might be one of the more time-consuming ways to conserve energy, but the pleasant scent of fresh laundry airing out in the sunlight makes it worth it.
- If you do use the dryer, make sure that here too, you are only running it when there is a full load of laundry.
This article has been translated from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original here: Strom sparen: Stromspartipps, die du noch nicht kanntest** Links to retailers are partially affiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
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