Today is Blog Action Day and this year’s theme is the Environment. We figured we would use this as an opportunity to explore a few ways you can reduce your home energy consumption and save money at the same time:
- The Kill-a-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor can help you figure out how much energy is being consumed by the appliances and gadgets in your home. The unit’s LCD display indicates the number of killowatt-hours used by anything plugged into it. This information can help you determine whether it makes sense to replace the devices you already own with newer and more energy-efficient versions.
- Most people don’t realize that some electrical devices draw current even when they are not being used. The Kill-a-Watt will also help you identify what devices you should be unplugging when not in use. When it’s time to replace that aging television, opt for an LCD model over plasma. LCD units consume much less electricity. They also don’t have problems with burn-in, which means they’re also likely to last longer.
- Most people are already hip to the benefits of compact fluorescent lightbulbs. If you’re not concerned with having a little less illumination, you can go a step further and invest in LED lightbulbs which use far less electricity and last far longer than even compact fluorescent bulbs. Yes, they are expensive, but they will pay for themselves over their 10-year life-span.
- Clean your refrigerator coils periodically. Doing so can dramatically improve the efficiency of your refrigerator. If you don’t have a suitable vacuum cleaner attachment, you can buy a specialized brush that’s up to the task.
- Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically change the temperature of your house when nobody is home, which can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
Do you have any energy-saving tips? If so, please share them with other readers in the comments section below.