Tips On Saving Electricity

India
July 23, 2009 9:27am CST
I am looking for some creative ways for saving electricity. Apart from the routine switch off the lights when not using them, what are the other ways you try to save on your electricity bill. I also came to know that we can also make a small plant or generator at home to create electricity. Has someone ever tried making one ? Something like this : http://power-saver.info What else we can do save electricity? Pls advice, thanks !
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@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
23 Jul 09
One way you can save electricity is to hang your clothes out on the line. Your dryer is a big proponent of electricity usage. You save big here. It doesn't really cost much to setup a clothes line. If you have the room for an outdoor one, all you need is enough wood to make T-posts, clothes line, clothes pins and the hardware. If you don't have the room, or your community doesn't allow it, you can get indoor drying racks for this too.
• United States
23 Jul 09
This is a great way to save on electric. I only can do this about 4-5 months out of the year though. *Another thing is to always use cold, or warm, never hot water from the washer. *I rarely use the dishwasher (about once a month). *Something very easy is to switch to energy efficient light bulbs. *If you really want to save you can paint your roof white or install solar panels.
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
23 Jul 09
I want to install solar panels, but they're a bit out of my price range. Now, if someone could find me some instructions on a logical way to make them...I'd give it a try.
• India
25 Jul 09
hey, dryer's idea is good. thanks all others for their suggestions as well!
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
In general: True/False - TV's and Computers use electricity even when they are off. True, Nearly every TV today uses some electricity even when it is off. This prolongs the life of internal components (by reducing thermal shock at turn-on) and preserves the channel memory and user preferences. T/F - Cell phone or iPod chargers use electricity even when not charging. True. You must unplug unused chargers or they will continue to use electricity even when disconnected from the phone. T/F - You use more electricity turning on and off a light than by leaving it on. False. The energy used at start-up is negligible compared to leaving the bulb lit. T/F - Most street and outdoor lighting is wasted energy. True. Current fixtures waste more than half of the energy used by directing light at the sky, and areas not requiring it. By redesigning outdoor and street fixtures to "full-cutoff" styles, more useful light can be produced with less energy. Light pollution is a major energy waster, and cause environmental disruption to birds, animals and humans. Trivia: Daylight savings time was originally started in an effort to conserve electricity in factories, by adjusting operating hours to allow the factory to be lit by natural light instead of artificial lighting. During the Energy Crisis of the '70's, enough residential consumers implemented conservation methods that it required electrical generation companies to change their billing structures for industrial/commercial customers to make up for the shortfall of revenue. Prior to this, residential electric rates subsidized industrial users to keep electricity affordable for them.
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• United States
23 Jul 09
I read somewhere - I can't remember where I read it so sorry for not being able to give you a place to look - but it actually uses more electricity to turn on and off your lights instead of just keeping them one if they are only going to be left off for 5 minutes or less. But for me what we did was replace the light bulb with the more energy efficient kind and then we also don't use our dryer that often. Instead we hang most of our clothes to air dry and yes it takes the entire day but it doesn't shrink your clothes and you are more likely to have them keep their shape. I think the only thing we dry is stuff like comforter and towels etc. And then we rarely run our dishwasher as well. Its a lot more efficient just to clean the dishes in the sink and I think the only things that go in our dishwater include pots and pans or food that is really stuck on and doesn't come off easily. And of course try not to run our AC/heat that much. If you can keep the windows open/close and just deal with the temperature instead of being completely comfortable then its going to save you a ton. Especially in the winter its not hard to wear a hoodie and pants around the house.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
23 Jul 09
That link goes to a site with an interesting concept, but hasn't it been proved that a perpetual motion machine is impossible? That phrase should be taken off the page. I do think that the underlying concept is sound, though. We know that magnets produce electricity, but I'd be very careful to have someone who understands electricity to look it over closely. As to how to save electricity, there are many, many ways. Besides turning off the lights, hanging out the laundry, turning off appliances that continually use electricity, you can minimize the use of electrical appliances (a hand operated can opener works just as well as an electric one, for instance), wash dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher, don't use AC until it's really needed, keep the refrigerator coils clean and the inside of the refrigerator organized so that air can flow around food. Keep the freezer full by adding bottles of water to freeze when there is space. Don't leave the TV or radio on if you're not listening or watching. Just pay attention to what's burning electricity and don't use it as much.
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@myc_phs (62)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
Aside from turning appliances off when not in use, it is best to unplug them to totally stop the flow of electricity. Having TV switched off but not unplug it still consume 1/4 of its power. Also, in ironing the clothes, do it once a week and not everyday. Also, it is best to iron on mornings. Lastly, avoid opening your door often. Full power of your refrigerator runs when it is open. If you opened you ref's door, make sure to put out everything you need so you don't have to open it again just because you forgot something.
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• India
24 Jul 09
yes i have tried many , i keep TV off if no one is watchinh , i dont switch on fans & lights until it is highly requiered . try to finish of my kitchen work in day time . once cell phone is charged i disconnect it from charger
• India
24 Jul 09
Hi Friend,before leaving the room switch off the lights,fans,T.V...If u have bigger sized screen u consuming lot of electrical energy,so if you are leaving the room for short trip also switch off the television.some people leave the fan on when no one is there,by switch off the fan we can save power.
• Philippines
24 Jul 09
Saving electricity is like saving the mother earth. To save electricity, first you have to consider the unnecessary appliances that you don't need at all. Like the light, if u can use lamp shade it would be favorable and sure thing to save a penny. When you use television make sure to turn off radio or other appliaces that you can't handle one at a time.
@grace118224 (1040)
• China
24 Jul 09
In my opinion the best way to save electricity is to get rid of watching TV at nights . i've found that watching TV is quite wasting time and money especially you stay to stick to it for hours.
• United States
24 Jul 09
One major thing that a lot of people do not consider is not just unplugging your computer or phone from it's charger, but you should also unplug the charger from the wall. Leaving it in still takes electricity. Also, a lot of people keep their t.v. on in the background. Switch it off! Listen to your ipod, or a radio station- it takes a lot less energy than keeping the t.v. on. Only turn your t.v. on when you have something you actually planned to watch. This also gives you more time to do other things that are good for you. Also, instead of buying a treadmill, go out for a jog! Not only are you saving energy... you are saving a lot of money! =]
@icehut (508)
24 Jul 09
If you need to run multiple servers, consider consolidating them on to a single beefy virtual machine host... For the majority of computer uses, replacing a desktop PC with a netbook will see around 90% drop in electricity consumption. If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer with a TV blaring away in the same room, consider attaching a TV card to the computer and watch TV in a window... ^_^
@loki1982 (782)
• Dallas, Texas
23 Jul 09
Unplug t.v's, microwaves,stereo, make sure your computer is turned off. Some of these devices pull electricity even when turned off. You have to unplug them to stop the electricity form being used.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
23 Jul 09
We have a generator. But we only use it for power outages. We also unplug things we aren't using all day. Like the toaster and the coffee maker. We use those in the morning. If you leave them plugged in all day even when off they still pull current that you get charged for.
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
23 Jul 09
Hi, I can tell you from my personal experience how I save on my electricity bill every month. I literally use and unplug. I use my washer and dryer, of course, and when the laundry is done, I immediately unplug them, I want to kick myself if I don't do it immediately, because I will forget, I cook with the same energy source, and when I am done cooking,you guessed, I unplug that huge cord, can you imagine the kind of energy that thing uses? I also use surge protectors for lamps,radios,and other smaller electronics, one push on the off switch turns off several currents, saving me a ton of money. I share this information with a friend who was in foreclosure, buying designer purses and shoes and need to find some ways to increase her positive cash flow. She did lose her house, however, she stopped the mad shopping and did the energy saving tricks and saw a big difference in her energy bill.
@mdvarghese (1789)
• Bangalore, India
23 Jul 09
Avoid using the electric iron. To give outside for ironing is economical as well as you can save the power.Avloid using water heaters, try to get one solar water heater. With this you can use two Bulbs also. Apart from that there is a subsidy from the govt. on the price of the equipment. Also there is a rebate on the monthly electricity Bill
• India
23 Jul 09
i also think the ways of saving electricity is like you . my creative way is not using fans when beautiful air is coming from outside . Check all your fans , tv , systems are switched off when you go outside