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Three Easy Steps Toward Saving Big on Home Energy

November 15, 2011

Next to the house payment or rent check, nothing sucks money out of your bank account quite like home energy use. Even your most modest of energy usage in the most ideal of climates and living conditions is still certain to strain your budget when cost-of-living and other variables are plugged into the equation. It’s close to impossible to reduce home energy costs without reducing home energy use, but by committing to following you can eliminate one of the biggest causes of spending too much on energy: wasting it. These steps have resulted in a measurable difference in my monthly bill, and they’re certain to make an impact on yours as well.

Unplug cell phone chargers after use

No matter if you have a pricy contract or favor prepaid phone plans, you’re going to spend roughly the same every time you use electricity to charge your device. But few realize that these chargers continue to draw electricity from the wall after the phone has been unhooked. Unlike other electronics that have an internal component that plugs such power and prevents it from getting through, chargers simply let it dissipate into the air. Practice smart energy conservation by always unplugging chargers after you’ve finished using them.

Keep your refrigerator full

In homes with no central A/C, and especially those in humid climates, the refrigerator can consume as much as one-sixth of all the energy you’re going to get billed for. That’s on account of the fact that the unit has to re-cool itself every time the door is opened. To combat this, you can keep your fridge continually stocked; the items contain cold and when the door is closed release it back into the air, saving your unit the work involved in bring it back down to the right temperature. If you hardly buy enough refrigerated food items to do this, you can also use jugs of water for the same result.

Invest in Compact Florescent Lamps

CFL bulbs are definitely more expensive than traditional incandescent lamps at the outset. But by forgoing the new design in favor of the seemingly cheaper alternative, you’re actually going to be losing money – about 40 American dollars per-bulb. CFLs will over time out-shine and outlast any traditional bulb, and with less energy in the process. You can’t beat that. If you can handle the costlier investment, you’re most certainly thank yourself later when you notice you’re taking your light bulbs with you when you move into your brand new home.

Saving on energy costs without reducing energy use or investing in an expensive eco-friendly overhaul of the home sounds impossible. But it’s quite the opposite: the path to cutting down on home energy use couldn’t be simpler. By committing to the aforementioned you’re certain to find an extra few dollars and cents left at the end of every month. If that’s not savings, I don’t know what is.

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