Saving electricity begins with remembering to turn things off. Many home electronic appliances like televisions do not go off when you power down the remote. They only go into standby mode. You may not have been told this, but a sophisticated device that is operating in standby mode can use as much as 85 percent of the power than it does when it is normally switched on.
You can stop this waste by investing in some simple, affordable power strips. These power strips have master switches that cut the power completely off from everything plugged into the strip. This actually turns the device off as opposed to sending it into standby mode.
The obvious, yet unfortunately, neglected act of switching off lights in the room will immediately begin saving electricity costs if you do it consistently every day of the week. For some strange reason humans like to have lights on throughout the home as they walk back and forth from room to room.
This is a silly practice, because natural daylight provides all the light you need for safe transit. At night, it only takes a split second to turn one light in one room off, and the light in the next room on as you enter it.
You can also start saving electricity by altering the way you do your laundry. Consider the tumble dryer. It is something that most of us assume that we have to use. However, we do not need this device nearly as much as we think we do. In fact, many fine shirts and dresses dry much better when suspended from hangers in a convenient location.
Reducing the amount of loads you put into your dryer curtails consumption by one of the biggest and most notorious consumers of power in your home appliance array.
By replacing your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, you will immediately begin saving electricity in every room of your home. If you are using recessed lamps with incandescent bulbs rated between 75 and 100 watts, you can replace these too.
New 50 watt halogens will be more than enough to light your subject matter at far less cost than outdated light bulb technology.
You should also make a few basic changes to your kitchen. For example, the position of your fridge can affect its energy efficiency. If it is too close to the oven, or if it is in direct sunlight, it will work overtime to stay cool. Keeping it away from hot areas will help the unit maintain desired temperatures with less power.
Defrosting your refrigerator when recommended by the manufacturer is another way to start saving electricity. When the freezer is iced up, it uses more power. Thawing it out once in a while keeps circulation at optimal levels.
Other, little things also matter, such as boiling too much water for coffee or tea. If you only plan to drink one or two cups, why boil an entire pot of water and waste all that power in the process?