No Cost Home Electricity Conservation Tips – 1

Editor’s Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Saving and Water Saving Guide, 2nd Edition

How to reduce our electric utility bill, especially in the summer when the air conditioner is working so much because of the heat?

Well, so far we are reviewed the many suggestions contained in our Energy Saving Guide for the following energy and  water categories:

Home Cooling Conservation (80 tips)

Clean Water Conservation – Inside the Home (66 tips)

Clean Water Conservation – Outside the Home (55 tips)

These ideas are more than just money saving tips. All of them are useful right now in the middle of the summer heat (and drought conditions in certain areas of North American (e.g. California) to both save households money through reduced utility bills month after month after month as well as reducing one’s consumption of non-renewable energy and clean water resources.

Today we start to examine the 126 tips in our Un-Official Guide relating to reduction of electricity consumed in households.

First up will be the collection of 72 electricity reduction tips to be reviewed which will cost you absolutely nothing to do. See how many you are not yet doing. Since there are so many no cost home electricity reduction ideas here, it will take several articles for us to cover them all.

 

Number 44, Turn Off Lights Leaving House. It’s simple. Get into the habit of checking throughout the home that all lights have been turned off before you jump in the car or walk to the park or bus stop. It doesn’t take much except a new habit. How many times have you returned home and noticed a bathroom light on, a bedroom light on, or worse in the basement which could have been left on for days?

Number 45, Dishwasher Heat Drying – Turn Off. Let the air dry your dishes vs electricity used to run a dishwasher’s drying feature.

Number 46, Table Lamps vs Ceiling Lights. As indicated below, use less number of light bulbs to meet the need. Even if the table lamp and ceiling recessed lights are energy saving, one lamp uses less than several.

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Number 47, Shut Off Main Breaker When Leaving House. Very interesting idea. If you don’t mind manually resetting those electric clocks in the microwave, DVD player, etc. this will certainly eliminate absolutely any phantom electricity usage.

Number 48, Turn Off Lights When Not Needed, and Number 49, Turn Off Lights Leaving Room. Just pay attention and remember. It will save you money on your electric bill (and the environment).

Number 50, Keep Air Passages in Refrigerators / Freezers Clear. How does cold air actually get into the fridge? Why, its by the small opening inside. So, place your stuff that is in the fridge (same for some freezers) away from that opening so the cold air can get easily inside allowing less run time needed to keep the inside cool.

Number 51, Use Task Lighting Always. Why use ceiling recessed lighting if you only want light to read a book? Instead, use the table lamp (containing a CFL energy saving light bulb, of course icon wink No Cost Home Electricity Conservation Tips   1   ).

Number 52, Hand Wash Dishes (i.e. not Dishwasher). If you need to clean some dishes but don’t have a full dishwasher load, do it by hand in the sink.

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Number 53, Unbundle Wet Laundry Before Placing In Dryer. Simple, easy, no muss, no fuss.

Number 54, Indoor Clothes Drying Area in Winter. Just because of snow on the ground in the winter or rain falling down outside in the spring, summer or fall, you can still stop using the dryer as much if you arrange an area inside the house to hang dry the clothes … the bathroom …. a bedroom … an unfinished area of the basement, the choice is yours.

Number 55, Unplug Home Office Equipment At Night and Weekends, and Number 56, Unplug Home Office Equipment When Not in Use. You don’t have to work at home in order to have a home computer, printer, etc. for personal use; it is still a home office. And, remember to unplug, not just turn off, this equipment to eliminate phantom electricity consumption.

To continue to look at the no cost electricity reduction ideas in our Un-Official Guide for the average household, simply select this link to Part 2.

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Comments

  1. Mary Q Contrarie says:

    I would like to make a comment on suggestion Number 54, Indoor Clothes Drying Area in Winter. Just because of snow on the ground in the winter or rain falling down outside in the spring, summer or fall, you can still stop using the dryer as much if you arrange an area inside the house to hang dry the clothes … the bathroom …. a bedroom … an unfinished area of the basement, the choice is yours.

    By using a portable clothes drying rack you can dry anywhere anytime. I move my rack from my patio if the weather is nice to different rooms of my house depending on the time of day. Kitchen for overnight and my bedroom during the day. And sometime the rack is even placed in the center of the living room! It saves lots of energy and money AND our clothes last longer than they did when we used the electric dryer. Also it is possible to air dry with racks when you have a family. Their are four of us. One a teenage girl so we have plenty of laundry.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks for this.

    A clothes drying rack, a towel rack…….you name it they all work for this suggestion.

    Dan

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