Reducing Your Electricity Consumption
Saving money any way you can has become crucial. With market volatility and decreasing wages affecting everyday Americans, pinching pennies can be a lot of help when looking to secure your future. There are certain bills that come due every month, and your electric bill certainly falls into that category. Luckily, there are a number of easy ways to reduce your electricity expenditures. But Modernize has some effective strategies for reducing your electricity consumption.
Change all incandescent light bulbs to LEDs
One of the biggest energy sinks around is the old-school incandescent light bulb. These bulbs produce an excessive amount of heat for the light they produce, which ends up consuming an inefficient amount of electricity. While they are cheaper to buy in the short term, over time they end up costing a lot more money, especially during the peak summer months.
LED or light-emitting diode bulbs have lifespans that often last decades, and they consume far less electricity in the short term—according to energy.gov, “Residential LEDs—especially ENERGY STAR rated products—use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.” Utilizing these bulbs will allow you to use less electricity and spend less money lighting your home.
Unplug electronic devices when not in use
Many people do not know that electronic devices that are plugged into the wall drain energy even when switched off. This goes for devices that show screens when in sleep or standby mode, such as DVD players or even lamps or blenders. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that the average home contains 40 products that are consistently draining power, and that even when in sleep mode, these devices can account for up to 10 percent of overall household energy use.
In order to get rid of, or at least decrease this waste, unplug any devices that are not currently in use. An easy way to do this is by plugging all devices into a central power strip and plugging that strip into the wall. This way you can easily control multiple devices at once. There are also special outlets you can install that allow you to easily control their usage.
Replace old, energy draining devices with newer more efficient models
Home appliances and electronic devices are getting more and more energy efficient with each new model released. Combine this with the fact that older electronic systems degrade over time and over-consume energy, and it becomes clear why it is best to replace older appliances in order to realize a net energy usage reduction.
Many of the largest energy users in your home are large appliances such as refrigerators, washer and dryer machines and even hot water heaters. When these devices are using energy inefficiently, you will see it reflected in your power bill. While taking the plunge for new devices can be scary, there are many state, federal, and manufacturer programs that will incentivize the purchase of newer more efficient devices, up to as much as 30 percent of the cost, which will allow you to negate some of the cost of buying a whole new dishwasher or washer and dryer.
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