Watch the Thermostat
Avoiding the habit of cranking the air conditioner or heater to max production can save quite a bit of money on the energy bill. Set the thermostat to 65-70 degrees or lower during the winter and 75-80 degrees or higher during the summer. It’s also possible to use windows to your benefit to keep it warmer or cooler. For instance, open the shudders or blinds in the daytime during the winter to let heat in from the sun, and close them at night to keep heat in. In the summer, reverse the routine for the opposite effect.
Turn Off the Lights
Probably one of the simplest ways to keep the energy bill down is by turning off the lights when you leave a room or the house. The new generation of energy efficient bulbs are another avenue to explore when lights need to be on.
Be Efficient with Appliances
There are a number of ways to become more efficient with appliances to save energy. Here are some strategies to use appliances more efficiently:
- Set your fridge in between 38-42 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Set your freezer between 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When baking, be sure not to look inside the oven more than necessary.
- Clean the lint
filter in the dryer and use the moisture sensor setting when appropriate.
- When washing the dishes, use short cycles and allow dishes to air dry.
- By using appliances more efficiently, it’s possible to make the appliance work more preferably.
Remember to Unplug
One of the top ways to save energy is by unplugging certain electronics and appliances. Seldom used things like old or unused refrigerators can be unplugged, along with chargers which aren’t currently charging anything. It’s also important to use power strips, they can prevent high energy consumption in entertainment centers or large desk setups. To conserve money with a power strip, try shutting it off with the power button when nothing is being used.
Let Computers Hibernate
If you’re not a fan of shutting the computer off when you’re done with it, why not let it go to sleep, or hibernate? To do this, enable the sleep mode on the computer or laptop so it uses less energy when it’s not being used. A hibernate mode can be used similarly, simply set the computer to go into “hibernate” mode after 30 minutes or so of not being used to conserve energy.
The bottom line is that you can, through smarter choices, reduce your energy bill without adopting an Amish lifestyle. What should you do with all that money you save? Why not put it to work creating wealth with Jason Hartman’s income property investment strategies? (Top Image: Flickr | FollowTheseInstructions)
The Young Wealth Team