Earth Hour Day 2012 - 7 Ways to Live With Less Electricity and Save Money

Earth Hour Day 2012 - 7 Ways to Live With Less Electricity and Save Money

Today's guest post is by Amy Lizee.

Regardless of whether your electricity is generated via natural gas, coal, oil or nuclear energy, they all cause pollution and environmental damage such as air emissions, water pollution, water resource use, non-renewable energy usage, etc.

In order to reduce your impact on the environment, you can start by reducing your energy consumption in a few simple ways:

1. Run only a full dishwasher

When it comes to dishwashers, there isn’t any option to reduce the amount of water used per cycle, so it is more efficient to ensure that you’re machine is full before you run it.

2. Switch to cold water

It takes a lot of energy to heat water for different processes like washing dishes or clothes. If you cannot reduce the amount of water used, try switching to cold water. If you do your laundry in cold water and only when you have a full load, you’re making sure that you are being extra efficient.

3. Turn off lights when not in use

One of the biggest energy faux pas is to leave the lights on when you are not in the room. Mot people don’t realize how much energy this consumes. You’ll be surprised to see huge savings on your next energy bill if you become more aware of this and start turning the lights out when you leave the room.

4. Convert to compact fluorescent lights

If you aren’t yet using energy-efficient light bulbs you should definitely consider switching. By replacing your regular light bulbs to an energy-efficient compact fluorescent type, you are able to switch to lower-wattage bulbs, which will allow you to use one 100-watt bulb vs. two 60-watt bulbs.

 5. Open the windows

Even better then turning off lights when not in use or switching to energy-efficient lights is to open the windows in your home and take advantage of natural light. It most places, you can light the whole house for at least a few hours in the afternoon without turning on a single bulb! This can save you tons on your home energy bill.

6. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use

Another electricity saving tip that is becoming more and more popular is to unplug appliances and electronics when you aren’t using them. An easy way to do this is to implement power bars, which makes it easier to turn off multiple appliances and electronics at once.

7. Buy energy star products and appliances

Old and outdated appliances or electronics that lack the energy-star certification so many do today, are a waste of money in the long run as they require much more energy then their efficient counterparts. In fact, “Energy Star washers use 72-100 litres of water per load, while their standard counterparts use 160 litres” and “Energy Star dishwashers use 25 per cent less energy than other new models!” [1]

Try implementing these easy tips and tricks into your sustainable living goals and just wait for the difference it makes on your next energy bill!


[1] http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/reduce-your-carbon-footprint/use-your-home-appliances-more-wisely

Amy Lizee is a freelance author for Environment911.org and Our Global Awareness Magazine while attending a University in BC to complete a business degree in marketing. On top of these, she designs and runs a website for a horse rescue she helps to operate. Her passion rests with animals and the environment and she tries to express that through her E911 project and writing. http://www.environment911.org

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