Are you keen on saving electricity?
30 May 07
Here are little ways you can save electricity in common household appliances: Washing Machine - wash only when you have full load. Select appropriate wash cycle. Television - switch off when no one's watching. Keep lighting dim. When going to bed, turn off electrical point completely. Don't leave TV on standby mode. Airconditioning - use correct size for the home. Set timer to reduce the hours of usage at night. Clean air filters regularly. Set ideal thermostat at 25 degrees C. When using, close windows and exterior doors. If it is not that hot, use fan instead of aircon. Refridgerator - choose the right size for yr family's needs. Cover all food/liquids placed in the fridge. Uncovered food releases moisture and makes the compressor work harder. Avoid frequent opening of the fridge. Defrost the fridge regularly - frost buildup causes the fridge to use more energy.
2 Jun 07
You're welcomed. For lighting, using flourescent lights instead of incandescent lights (those with glowing filaments) can save electricity in the long run. In my country, the energy authorities test electrical equipments like fridges, aircons, kettles, etc. from different manufacturers and label those that are more energy efficient. Buying and using such equipment will help to save electricity too.
• United States
2 Jun 07
I have found that writing down the meter reading each day while experimenting with electricity saving actions works very well. This lets you know what works and by how much. I have found 3 things that save me the most electricity, other than the most common ones you always hear about. 1) Turn off the hot water heater when not in use. If you do not have a separate switch for it, use the circut breaker. 2) Do not turn the air conditioner on until the house is almost 2 degrees F above the temperature you want to cool the house to. If the house gets more than 2 degrees F above the temperature you are cooling the house to, the air conditioner will run too much to cool the house. I turn off the air conditioner during the cool of the night and open windows. 3) Turn off the computer at night! This actually makes a difference. I have mine set up to run the regestistry checker and anti-spyware every morning on boot up. Works very well and saves electricity.
• United States
10 Jun 07
Our local electric company charges us almost 50% more per kilowatt hour spent, once we reach the 1000 kilowatt hour limit. After that time, our electric bill goes up dramatically. Sometimes as much as $50 more per month. We don't use our large oven for cooking or baking. We cook most of our meals in the more efficient microwave, counter top oven and counter top George Foreman grilling machine. That's how we keep our bill so low. During the summer, however, there's almost no way to live without constant air conditioning. But, we more than make up for it, during the winter and spring time.
30 May 07
yes... everyday I list the reading of our meter to check how much we spend the wholeday. I only put on our aircon at 10pm til 6am, my kids knew the rules and since its still sommer for kids we all stay in the masterbedroom, sort of bonding already. less use of electicfan and TV for we only use one these days. once our aircon is on all lights inside the house are shut off, anyways its already 10pm I train my kids to use only electicity when needed. I do iron our clothes only once a week if ver our bill went high we discuss with the children and asked them to conserve....