9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers
Published by “House
Logic”, a feature of the National Association of Realtors
Here are a few surprising and simple ways to
cut your energy bill this season.
Give your pocketbook
and Mother Nature a gift this season by taking advantage of
these simple, surprising ways to save energy and money.
lamps in the corners: Did you know you can
switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer
switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light? It’s all
about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light
reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter
to a laptop: If you’re reading this article on
a laptop, you’re using 1/3 less energy than if you’re reading
this on a desktop.
an LCD TV: If you’re among those considering a
flat-screen upgrade from your conventional, CRT TV, choose an
LCD screen for the biggest energy save.
your water heater a blanket: Just like you pile
on extra layers in the winter, your hot water heater can use
some extra insulation too. A fiberglass insulation blanket is
a simple addition that can cut heat loss and save 4% to 9% on
the average water-heating bill.
off the burner before you’re done cooking: When
you turn off an electric burner, it doesn’t cool off
immediately. Use that to your advantage by turning it off
early and using the residual heat to finish up your dish.
motion sensors: You might be diligent about
shutting off unnecessary lights, but your kids? Not so much.
Adding motion sensors to playrooms and bedrooms cost only $15
to $50 per light, and ensures you don’t pay for energy that
you’re not using.
laundry faster: The faster your washing machine
can spin excess water out of your laundry, the less you’ll
need to use your dryer. Many newer washers spin clothes so
effectively, they cut drying time and energy consumption in
half—which results in an equal drop in your dryer’s energy
ice tray: Stop using your automatic icemaker.
It increases your fridge’s energy consumption by 14% to 20%.
Ice trays, on the other hand, don’t increase your energy costs
dishwasher: If you think doing your dishes by
hand is greener than powering up the dishwasher, you’re wrong.
Dishwashers use about 1/3 as much hot water and relieve that
much strain from your energy-taxing water heater. Added bonus:
you don’t have to wash any