Most folks recognize the challenges that we all face in trying to make our lives more sustainable. We need to make a difference today for the future of our planet, and part of making a difference is looking at more energy efficient ways to run our homes. There are several different ways of conserving energy and even the smallest things can go a long way when enough people make them into a habit.
Conserving Energy -- Unplugging
You would be surprised at just how much energy is wasted simply by leaving things plugged into your wall sockets on standby. By simply unplugging appliances when they are not in use, you can save on your energy bill and make better use of natural resources.
For instance, a toaster or microwave might only be used a couple of times a week or even less frequently. Chargers for cell phones, digital cameras, PDA’s, and other gadgets can be unplugged when you are not using them. Use a power strip for your television, cable box, DVD player, and other entertainment electronics and when they are not in use, turn off power to them by using the switch on the power cord.
Conserving Energy -- Your Computer
You are not the only person that hates having to turn your computer on and off because it takes so long to reload all the applications. There is a more energy-friendly solution to the problem. Most computers come with a sleep feature that uses less power when you are not using it.
Alternatively, you can set your computer to go into hibernate mode after a certain period of inactivity. When your computer hibernates, you can easily turn it back on when you are ready to use it again. The computer does not have to reload all the programs when it comes out of hibernation and this option is actually more energy-efficient than shutting down and restarting.
Conserving Energy in the Kitchen
Dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers are common household appliances that can use a lot of energy. You do not have to cut back on using these machines, but using them in a more efficient manner can help save energy.
Instead of washing a partial load of dishes, wait a few more days and wash a full load. Alternatively, if you are not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half load or economy program.
When you are washing clothes, both the water level and washing temperature play a big part in the amount of energy that is used. Make sure you are using the correct temperature level and use cold water whenever it makes sense to do so.
Clean the lint filter on the dryer between each load. Also, avoid drying heavy and light fabrics together as these dry at varying degrees.
These are just some of the ways of conserving energy in the home and although they may not seem like much on their own, you will be suprised at just how much money can be saved over a year. As well as saving money, conserving energy helps the environment at the same time.