How to Save Electricity

Here's an idea: Cut down your power consumption without sacrifices.

Most people want to save on their electricity bills, but they think it might mean cutting out or cutting down on things they need or have grown accustomed to. Truthfully, however, there are substantial savings to be had through a few simple measures, such as leaving things unplugged.

Step 1

Keep appliances unplugged when not in use: the toaster, blender and any other kitchen appliances count.

Step 2

Unplug the computer when not in use. This does not affect the computer, which will draw a small charge when dormant. This simple step can save electricity that is being used for hours every day.

Step 3

Keep all chargers unplugged, especially laptop chargers, GPS chargers and the like. These suck power even when they aren't working.

Step 4

Turn off the water heater when you go on vacation, and if you really want to save electricity, turn it off during the day.

Step 5

Remove halogen and incandescent bulbs, replacing them with compact fluorescent bulbs in every lamp and ceiling fixture. These bulbs are more energy efficient.

Step 6

Keep DVD players, TVs and other audio and stereo equipment plugged into a multi-port surge protector which you can turn off with one simple switch. This allows you to save electricity the easy way, by just turning off the main power port switch.

Tip

Simplify your life and use less energy everyday to cut down on energy costs. This includes working or reading by smaller, more efficient lamps, and turning off lights and fixtures that are not in use, or rarely used.

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