Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow.
1. Unplug appliances when they arent in use
Did you know that appliances that are plugged in keep using energy, even when theyre switched off Even an appliance as small as a coffee pot continues slowly sapping energy every moment it stays plugged in, long after the last cup of coffee has been consumed. Power down your computer and unplug it at the end of the day. Computers use a lot of energy, and when they stay plugged in youre wasting both energy and money.Dont leave your TV plugged in all the time. It may seem inconvenient to unplug it when youre finished watching, but the savings are worth the trouble.Unplug your sound system and speakers. These are some of the worst culprits when it comes to sapping extra energy when they arent in use.Dont forget small appliances such as phone chargers, kitchen appliances, hair dryers, and anything else youve got that runs on electricity.
2. Turn off the lights
This is the simplest, most common way to save electricity, and it really works. Start paying attention to how many lights are on in your house at a given time. Be mindful of how many lights you really need to be using at once. When you leave a room, make a habit of turning off the lights, every single time. If you really want to go all out, have your family use just one or two rooms at night, rather than spreading out all over the house and keeping your entire home lit.For maximum electricity savings, use candles! This old fashioned system of providing light at night is effective, romantic and peaceful. If you dont find it practical to use candles every night, try doing it just once or twice a week. Be careful doing this with little kids, though make sure all of your family members know how to handle candles safely.
3. Change your bulbs
Replacing regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED bulbs is a big energy savor. Incandescent bulbs release most of their energy through heat, while CFL and LED bulbs are more energy efficient and last much longer.CFL bulbs were the first alternative to incandescent bulbs, and they use only about 1/4 the energy of incandescent bulbs. They contain trace amounts of mercury, so they must be disposed of properly when they burn out.LED bulbs are newer to the market. Theyre more expensive than CFLs, but they last longer and dont contain mercury.
4. Embrace natural light
Open up your curtains and let the sun shine in! Using natural light whenever possible instead of relying on artificial light can greatly reduce the amount of electricity you use during the day. The same is true whether you work in an office or spend your days in your house. Exposure to natural light also increases happiness,giving you an even greater incentive to raise the blinds.Try to arrange your workspace so that natural light floods your desk. Keep the overhead lights off when possible. When you need extra lighting, use a low powered desk lamp instead.Buy curtains or blinds in a light shade that provides privacy but still allows light to come through.
5. Use less hot water
Heating water takes a lot of energy. Its not necessary to take cold showers, but being mindful of how much hot water you use, and how the water is being heated, can save a lot of electricity and money.Make sure your water heater is insulated so that it isnt losing too much heat. Consider getting a water heater that doesnt run on a continuously lit pilot light.Take showers instead of baths. Baths use a lot more water than showers.Take shorter showers. Spending 20 minutes in the shower uses up too much electricity.
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