Saving electricity in the house.

@greenline (14864)
Canada
August 4, 2011 1:54pm CST
With the electricity prices going up, I need to make sure that I do not waste electricity in my house. Things I make sure are (1) not to keep lights on where they are not needed, (2) never to keep the computer on without working on it, (3)never to keep the TV on without watching it. That certainly save a lot. What are your ways of saving electricity ? Please share your ways and suggestions too.
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@peavey (16485)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I have an electric dryer, so I hang my laundry outside to dry. My computer, printer and TV are unplugged as well as turned off because they still use a little electricity when they're just turned off. I use fans as much as possible instead of an air conditioner, use a solar oven when it's sunny out instead of using the electric stove. I always think twice about even turning a light on. My porch light is hardly ever used and the fan above the stove will last forever. I avoid things like plug in electric knives, night lights and air fresheners. There are lots of ways to save electricity.
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• United States
4 Aug 11
Thanks for the guide =)
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
That is excellent. It is really so good that you think twice even about turning a light on. That is the way to very strictly control turning lights on unnecessarily.
@binuot (1)
• Canada
5 Aug 11
Unplugging my appliances when im not using it within a couple of hours saves my power consumption.
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
That is indeed absolutely right. Keeping the appliances plugged while not using them is a big waste of electricity. Some of the appliances consume a lot of electricity.
@louievill (18398)
• Philippines
5 Aug 11
hello. think it still boils down to the basic, you use electricity then you have to pay for your consumption. You are right , turn off anything that you are not using and those you mentioned are the usual culprits, not unless you plan in to going to alternative sources like solar and wind energy or make a hybrid system that would be quite costly but would also be great savings in the long run.
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
Yeah, people are thinking about going to ways of alternative energy, solar, wind, geothermal, and so on. Solar panels are being considered for residential buildings too. They will be coming in in the long run, indeed.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
5 Aug 11
We wash with cold water (unless something really needs hot water). If we go away we turn off the hot water system - so it won't use electricity. We don't have a clothes dryer and hang clothes on the verandah wherever possible so we don't use lots of power with a dryer. In summer I eat more salads to save electricity on cooking, and we often have cold showers in summer.
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
Hello. I can sense that you are very strict in controlling electricity consumption, to the extent of eating salads to save electricity in cooking. That is an excellent example !
@irene66 (1671)
• Philippines
4 Aug 11
I do the same thing here and I teach it to my children. I think there really is a need for people to be frugal these days. not only for financial reason but also to help in reducing too much emissions of energy from electrical gadgets. The earth is already exhausting from it.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
Hello Irene. Yes, you are absolutely right. Emissions from the energy generations are doing a lot of harm to the environment. And, that is effecting the climatic conditions too. You are doing very well teaching your children.
• Philippines
4 Aug 11
For my electricity consumption, what I usually do is that I keep all unused appliances in the house unplugged except for the refrigerator. For my computer, I use my Intel Atom computer for downloading because I can keep it open for 24 hours with minimal electricity consumption. I had all my secondary lights changed to 8 watts and my outside lights to 5 watts. I'm thinking of getting solar panels to power my lights, I will update you if I have set-up already.
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
Oh, that would be very good to have solar panels. Thank you very much, in advance, for updating me on that. Yes, I should also think about doing that. Solar panels are becoming the alternative to save energy !
@thetis74 (1525)
4 Aug 11
I think we are also saving the environment if we save electricity. I also save a lot of things especially that. I even make it a habit to switch off the fridge for a few hours. I don't put the lights on outside so early in the and when I go out to pee at down I switch the outside lights off. And I always make sure to pull the plugs off when we are going out.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
Hello Thetis. Nice to see you. Yes, indeed, we are saving the environment by saving electricity. It really is an excellent practise to unplug the apliances when going out. You are surely managing things very well !
@JodeneB (177)
• United States
4 Aug 11
Saving electricity is good for both our pocketbook & the environment. I like to turn things off when not in use too. I also unplug appliances I don't use at the time, like my cell phone charger. When i go out of town, we unplug all the lights & microwave. I think I read somewhere that some electricity can still escape if something is unplugged & not used! I don't remember! L(=)-
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
That is absolutely right. Saving electricity is good for the environment too. Very good that you unplug the appliances when you go out of town. That is good from electricity consumption as well as from safety perspectives !
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
4 Aug 11
The same as yours along with, I turned down the temperature in the hot water heater, I unplug anything that is not used regularly as it still uses electricity, I don't keep water running when I'm using it. I cook larger portions so we can have left overs for at least one day. Some of this food I will freeze for another day. I also wash and dry clothes in the wee early morning hours or late at night. That's all I can think of now.
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
28 Sep 11
To unplug any thing that is not used is a very good way to keep the electricity consumption to the minimum in the house. I forget to do that sometimes. I know I should do that. Thank you.
• Philippines
5 Aug 11
there is this power saving gadget that my friend bought for his house, he have saved 50 percent from his last months bills by just plugging this gadget to his house. but it cost $40.00. and now i am trying to save money so that i can buy that gadget of him and make a 50 percent of decrease to my electric bills too. but for now what i do is save my electricity manually just like you, i just turn off electrical things when not in use like t.v, computer, lights, and air-con (i know use electric fan, it eats low electricity than using air-con). let us help save electricity and save the world. happy mylotting
@kelly10 (678)
10 Aug 11
What is this gadget, how does it work and how do you save money? I'm interested in knowing more to see if it's anything that would be of use to me.
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
19 Aug 11
At the moment the apartment that I live in, the landlord pays all the heat & lights, I have paid my own many times in the past. And even though I don't right now I still have respect for someone else paying the bill, so I treat what I use as if I was paying the bill. I don't use my A/C in excess, unplug things that are not in use (especially cellphone chargers), I use energy saving light bulbs, I have a bright night light in my bathroom, so I don't have to always turn the light on. There are so many ways to save on the bill, if we just take the time to think, find and use them.
@kelly10 (678)
10 Aug 11
Whenever I have boiled the kettle to make myself a brew although I try to boil that is needed I sometimes have water left over, normally when I boil enough waqter for both me and my boyfriend to have a brew but he then decides he doesn't want one. So what I do is pour this water into a flask and use it whenever there is enough for a brew. You'd be surprised how much water you overboil.
@tkonlinevn (5784)
• Vietnam
6 Aug 11
I often have dinner at the garden early in order we mustn't use fan or lights. This is an interesting explore. Dinners become more poectic and we feel happier with them.
@anurag3786 (6275)
• India
5 Aug 11
Yes it is good if you are aware of saving electricity in your home. Because if we save energy then it would be beneficial for us. I always switched off my computer when I not used this. And also I switched off lights when in the day time we not needed it. I think if every person will save energy then their would be mostly electricity saved.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Aug 11
I do not use the dryer now and hang the clothes outside. I do not know what I will do in the winter or when it rains as the basement is not insulated yet and having an inside clothes hanger dryer might not work. I close the laptop off when not using it. Do not like to completely shut it down though. Apart from turning off electricity when not in the room or keeping the tv off (although with mine it takes a while to warm up so I am afraid that it might be easier to keep it on if leaving just for a short space.) I do think that hanging clothes outside does help a lot. I just started to do it at at the beginning of last month since I just got a clothes line so have to wonder how much it saves. Once the basement is finished, at I need an extra couple of thousand dollars to do it, then I can find how really much I would save.
5 Aug 11
pretty much the same as you. i make sure all plugs are switched off at the sockets, only using the dish washer when we really need to, trying not to use the microwave and the cooker, trying not to preheat the cooker for too long and wasting electric, closing curtains and blinds to keep heat in [but thats gas more than electric] .. just stuff like that. letting y hair dry naturally instead of using a hairdryer.. that kind of thing :)
• India
5 Aug 11
Great.The points you suggested and the things you are doing are right and this example should be followed by all of us.We are really very careless in using electricity at home,our workplace,shops or offices.Only the most necessary appliances should be switched on.Fans,refrigerators.tv or whatever is not needed to be used should be switched off.We should instruct every member in the house to follow this rule and should create awareness among our friends also
• China
5 Aug 11
I have a bad memory. I always forget to do something, like turn off the fan after cooking. That wastes lots of electricity. Sometimes I also forget to turn off the coal gas after I put the pot there for heating water. Everytime I say, damn it! I forgot it again. So my tip is to stick a big paper there that reads not to forget turn off....
• Philippines
5 Aug 11
Hi. In addition, if you turn off an appliance unplug it as well and you will see how much it lowers your electric bill. Let's save electricity and save money as well.
@beingwell (3627)
• Thailand
5 Aug 11
Hi greenline. We also try to conserve energy, as much as we can. We turn off the lights when not in use. And we take off the plugs of all our appliances when we leave the house. Well, all except for our fridge.hihihi...