Put 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? Itâ€™s all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a
corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room
lighter and brighter.
Switch to a laptop: If youâ€™re reading this article on a laptop, youâ€™re using 1/3 less energy than if youâ€™re reading this on a desktop.
Choose an LCD TV:
If youâ€™re among those considering a flat-screen upgrade from your
conventional, CRT TV, choose an LCD screen for the biggest energy save.
Give 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
Turn off the burner before youâ€™re done cooking:
When you turn off an electric burner, it doesnâ€™t cool off immediately.
Use that to your advantage by turning it off early and using the
residual heat to finish up your dish.
Add 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 donâ€™t pay for energy that youâ€™re
Spin laundry faster: The faster your washing machine
can spin excess water out of your laundry, the less youâ€™ll need to use
your dryer. Many newer washers spin clothes so effectively, they cut
drying time and energy consumption in halfâ€”which results in an equal
drop in your dryerâ€™s energy bill.
Use an ice tray: Stop using
your automatic icemaker. It increases your fridgeâ€™s energy consumption
by 14% to 20%. Ice trays, on the other hand, donâ€™t increase your energy
costs one iota.
Use the dishwasher: If you think doing your
dishes by hand is greener than powering up the dishwasher, youâ€™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 donâ€™t have
to wash any dishes.