203 Ways to Cut Down Your Energy Bills – The Ultimate Guide
By : ConsumerRemarks | Last updated: 8th August 2016
Energy Saved is Energy Produced.
Energy is something we can’t live without.The world would be vast and desolate without energy. It is also the lifeblood of almost everything in this blue planet.
Everybody relies on it for almost everything from cooking to washing to travelling and more. And sadly, most of these energy are non renewable - meaning - they’re incredibly limited and we’re soon running out of what little we’ve got.
So it is of great importance that we all save energy in every way possible.
This is the largest collection of Energy saving tips on the planet.
The best part?
All of the energy saving methods in this guide are 100% doable.
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- LIGHTING -
1. Opt for LED Bulbs
Lighting accounts for about 15 % of a home’s total electric use.
By saving up to 75% energy and lasting longer than incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs are one of the least expensive ways to save energy.
Here is a comparison of a 60 watt (W) traditional incandescent with energy efficient bulbs that provide similar light levels.
2. Discourage Unnecessary Lighting
If you’re not the last person to walk away after work, or the last person to sleep at home, then make sure the one who does would switch off all unnecessary lightings.
3. Use Dimmers
So that you can adjust the lighting to meet your needs.In example, you can brighten it up when you read and darken it when you decide to have a nap.
4. Label Lights and Fans
This technique is more suitable for offices and other public areas with multiple lights and fans.
By labelling them up, along with their switches, you get to save more energy as people won’t try out all the switches to reach the right one.
5. Motion Detector Lights
This is an inexpensive set up through which the sensors would sense your presence to light up and would go off as soon as you leave. This way, you won’t have any unnecessary lights on.
6. Cleaning is a Part of Energy Saving
Unclean windows, skylights and other light fittings would dim the lights by almost 30%. So don’t forget to clean them every other day.
7. Choose Light Colours for Home Decor
Stay away from vibrant colours as they would need a few additional bulbs than cool colours to get the same level of lighting effect.
While the difference may seem small, the cost will multiply with the number of years.
8. Use Fluorescent Tubes for Office Lighting
By producing less heat and using less energy, a couple of these could be used to replace half a dozen of normal light bulbs.
9. Use Separate Bulbs to Light Outdoors
Outdoor CFC bulbs are ideal as they’re specifically designed to sustain the pressure of the external environment. They also last longer.
10. Use Timers to Switch Lights On and Off
Set them up to glow only when it’s necessary and off when it’s not.
11. Invest in ENERGY STAR Lighting Fixtures
If every American replaces at least 5 of the light fittings with these, annual savings on energy costs alone would reach even up to $8 billion.
12. Recycle your CFF bulbs
Most stores even offer free recycling for unbroken bulbs. So don’t forget to Google and learn more about it.
13. Make Employees Aware of Your Lighting Needs
Map it out and make it clear what lights should be on in your office and what shouldn’t.
Do what's right. Turn off the light.
- ROOFING -
14. Put up Skylights
If you don’t have already, putting up skylights in places where you often spend time at home would save you the cost of lighting a bulb during the day.
15. Paint your Roofs Light
Though it’s a well known fact that light colours reflect UV rays, most people seem to be applying it only when it comes to choosing clothes. If you could do it with your rooftop, you can save the waste of energy and the cost of running your air conditioner.
16. Benefit from Cool Roofs
As the name itself implies, cool roofs are so cool that they keep you cool!
They reflect sunlight, absorb less heat, and help you retain the in-home temperature while making your roofs last longer and saving heaps of energy.
17. Even roofs come with ENERGY STAR Labels
If yours don’t, then try to go for a replacement. They reflect most of the harmful rays of the sun and help you become energy-efficient.
Energy Missed Cannot be Excused
- WINDOWS -
18. Make Your Windows Energy-Efficient
You can either install or upgrade your windows to be energy efficient. As a result, they would act as a weatherproof mechanism by blocking 90% UV rays and keeping in the temperature of your home.
19. National Fenestration Rating Council Label
To ensure that you make a confident buy, opt for windows with this label. It’s a third party certification that the window is highly efficient.
20. Solar Window Screens and Films
Use them to improve energy efficiency of your existing windows and get rid of hot spots. They’re also way cheaper than installing energy-efficient windows.
21. High Efficient Windows Reduce A/C Power
If you have already installed these types of windows, then you may not have to invest more in air conditioning units as they’re efficiency is very high.
Energy Saved is Energy Produced
- APPLIANCES -
22. Unplug Equipment After Every Use
Even when your computers, printers, washing machines and other electric appliances are not in use, having them plugged in for long could draw in more energy than imaginable. So make sure you switch them off and unplug them to avoid all unnecessary additions to your energy bill.
23. Check Energy Star Ratings
When you buy electronic devices, the best way to ensure that they’re energy efficient would be to check whether they’re Energy Star Rated. While high rated appliances would initially cost a little more, try to see beyond it on how much you get to save over the years.
24. Set up a Setback Thermostat
This is a little investment that would save you many dollars in the long run. If you set it up, it would automatically adjust the heaters and AC units when there’s no one around and would bring down energy wastage significantly.
25. Unplug the Chargers
Habitually, once the devices are charged, the chargers are left unplugged for the ease of using it the next time. This should stop as most chargers would draw power even if they’re not in use.
26. Use Power Strips
While making sure you don’t overload it, plug in as much as appliances as possible through a power strip. This is easier when it comes to unplugging because by simply unplugging the strip, you’ll be unplugging multiple devices at once.
27. Get the Maximum Use of Off-Peak Electricity
If you’re covered by electricity tariffs such as the Economy 7, where the charges for off-peak hours are substantially lower than the peak hours, use it to charge your appliances, do an extra load of laundry and more.
However, since energy would be energy, regardless of the price, don’t waste it even during this time.
28. Replace Inefficient Old Appliances
While repairing and reusing them may seem cost-effective, it is not so when it comes to the use of energy. So replace them with energy-efficient ones.
29. Don’t Oversize Your Appliances
Specially the kitchen appliances such as the oven, refrigerator, washing machine, etc. The bigger these units get, the more energy they’ll need.
30. Keep an Eye on All Your Appliances
.... And make sure that they’re running smoothly and at their highest efficiencies. If they encounter any problems, service them as soon as possible.
31. Carry out a BEMS
BEMS is the abbreviation for Building Energy Management System, if implemented could end up being the missing piece of your strategies to save energy. It would take control of many of the central energy consuming activities of your business and would save energy by at least 10%.
- COMPUTERS & LAPTOPS -
32. Activate Power Management
By activating ENERGY STAR power management settings on your computer, you can save energy when it’s not in use.
To do so, it would automatically go into a power save mode once it detects a period of inactivity.
33. Use Laptops over Computers
Instead of using a computer, use a laptop at every available opportunity as it could save up to 50% of energy.
34. Don’t Place your Computer on Standby
Instead, switch it off and unplug it at the end of the day. This would stop your energy meter from running a marathon while you don’t use it.
35. Use Hibernate Mode
If you want to start work from exactly where you left it last time, and save power too, then the best way would be to hibernate your computers and laptops.
36. Replace your CRT Monitor Immediately
Use an LCD or LED monitor because CRT monitors consume a whopping 200% more power.
37. Give Up the Traditional Computer Servers
.... and go for a cloud based system instead. This is proven to save up to 90% of energy even in small offices with 100 employees.
Save Today. Survive Tomorrow.
- REFRIGERATORS -
38. Replace your Grandmother’s Refrigerator
Old models have a way of consuming more energy than the newer, ENERGY STAR rated models. Though you might have to spend a bit more to get one, do your math and see how much you get to save every year.
39. Get the Maximum Use of the EnergyGuide
Use it to compare and contrast features. A model with power saving modes and good insulation would make a great buy.
40. Don’t Leave your Freezer Empty
You might not always have things to fill your freezer with, but an empty freezer needs more energy than a one that’s full. So make sure to to at least leave containers full of water in your freezer.
41. Avoid Opening the Fridge Too Often
Every time you open it, cool air rushes out and be replaced by warmer air from the outside. This makes the refrigerator draw more power and go back to cooling all over again.
42. Child-Proof Your Refrigerator
All kids have a habit of opening the fridge just for the fun of scanning what’s inside. To discourage them and save energy, use safety latches.
43. Check Whether the Doors are Sealed Well
If they don’t, seal them up immediately. Even the smallest of gaps would be plenty to swap cool and warm air - making your refrigerator work 11% more to maintain the desired temperature.
44. Keep the Outside Clean Too
While you keep the insides clean, make sure to clean the outside of the refrigerator as well.Every once in a few months, vacuum and brush any accumulated dust off the coils behind the fridge for an improved efficiency.
45. Avoid Going for a second Fridge/Freezer
If the size of the existing fridge is too small, then opt for larger one. An additional fridge would double your costs than an enlarged one.
46. Avoid Placing Warm Food in the Fridge
If you don’t let it cool down on its own, then your fridge will have to take over that task too. In the process, more energy will be consumed and added in big bucks to your electricity bill.
47. Defrost your Freezer
The more frost is accumulated, the more inefficient it becomes. So to keep it in excellent working order, defrost it as often as you can.
48. Place your Fridge in the Right Place
Away from your doors and windows where the direct sunlight might fall and stoves where the heat radiation is high. This would help your fridge run more efficiently.
49. Turn Off the Fridge Only with Non-Perishable Items
If you aren’t going to use them anytime soon - say soft drinks - then you don’t need it to refrigerate until the times up to take a sip.
50. Set the Ideal Temperature
A temperature too low would only mean a waste of energy. If you don’t have a power-save mode, then set your temperature somewhere between 30 and 42°F.
- SMARTPHONES -
51. Activate the Power Save Mode
To make the battery last at least a few more hours before the need to recharge. This would bring down the number of times you charge your phone.
52. Dim the Brightness of Your Screen
In order to reduce the battery usage and ultimately reduce the frequency of recharging.
53. Turn off 3G/4G/LTE and Bluetooth after Use
Because they’re the major reasons behind quick battery drains.
- WASHING MACHINE -
54. Choose a Front Loading Washing Machine
They’re more efficient when it comes to both water and power usage. Not only that, they even have more room inside so that you can do a few more clothes at a time than other washing machines.
55. Always Do a Full Load of Laundry
Some washing machines come with half load settings while some don’t. If yours doesn’t, then always wait until you have enough laundry to wash a full load.
56. Set Your Washing Machine at the Lowest Possible Temperature
This would bring down energy consumption significantly. And to double the effect, use bio washing powder as they contain special enzymes for washing at low temperature.
57. Rinse your Less-Dirty Clothes Only Once
If the second rinse is needed, then reduce the quantity of detergents used.
58. Even the Washing Machine Needs Washing
Don’t forget to clean the lint screen and the exhaust regularly. This would ensure a work of the highest efficiency.
60. Set Only the Required Level of Water
If your washing machine has a feature to adjust the water level, then make use of it when you do a laundry less than the maximum capacity.
Save Energy. Save Money. Save the Planet.
- DISHWASHERS -
60. Dishwashers are Better than Washing by Hand
Because they get the job done by a considerably less amount of water.
61. Scrape the Dirtiest Dishes a Little
....And remove leftover foods and other solid items before you hand them over to your dishwasher.
62. No Need to Rinse Dishes Beforehand
Your dishwasher will still draw the same amount of energy and water whether or not you pre-rinse the dishes.
63. Air Dry or Wipe Your Dishes Dry
This is a chore you can handle perfectly fine. So leave your dishwasher out of it and end up saving more energy.
64. Get Use of the Economy Mode
Under this mode, the dishwasher would use less amount of water and heat but still manage to efficiently wash your dishes out of dirt.
65. Pile your Dishwasher up with Dishes
Before you switch your dishwasher on, double check whether you’ve left any pots or pans behind and whether you’ve filled it to its capacity.
66. Keep the Filer Clean
A cleaner dish washer would perform better.
67. Find Out the Shortest Washing Cycle
.....that does the job perfectly fine.
There’s no need to do some extra washing to a set of already clean dishes and waste more water and energy.
68. ‘Rinse Hold’ is NOT a Good Option For a Few Dishes
It uses about 3 to 7 gallons of hot water every time it’s used. So instead of going for it, wash them by hand and save energy.
- PRINTERS -
69. Use Printers Only If You Can’t Go Without it
If you have kids who print out every piece of note, educate them to jot notes down as much as possible. By doing so, you save both paper and energy.
70. Laser Printers are Power-Hungry
This makes ink-jet printers energy efficient. They’re, by far, the best printers for home use.
- DRYERS -
71. You Don’t Need a Dryer in the Summer
Dryers are known to devour energy. So wash and air dry clothes beforehand so that you can have what you need to wear on time.
72. Clean the Lint Trap
Make sure you clean your dryer’s lint trap once in every few times of use. This would prevent clog ups and would help it run more efficiently.
73. Dry Many Batches of Clothes at Once
Before the dryer cools down after the completion of one batch of clothes, put another. This will reduce the time taken to heat up and by doing so it will minimize energy consumption.
74. Refrain from Over-Drying Your Clothes
This would not only waste energy, but also the fabric in your clothing causing them to wear out sooner.
75. Install Your Dryer Vent Outside
....So that the steamy air has no chance of getting into your home and making your air conditioner work even more.
76. Don’t Dry All Your Clothes Together
Dry the light and heavy fabrics separately.
77. Put the Wet Clothes on Top of a Dry Towel
As a result, the towel will absorb some of the water from the clothes and reduce the workload of your dryer.
- HUMIDIFIERS & DEHUMIDIFIERS -
78. Don’t Block Your Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
.....by placing them near walls, furniture and large equipment. Instead, place them where air moves freely.
Here is a good article about best dehumidifiers.
79. Clean the Filters Often
Accumulation of dust and other particles will reduce the efficiency and shorten their life spans.
- MOTORS -
80. Install Different Speed-Drives
Different speed levels for different appliances would avoid energy wastage.
81. Buy Highly Efficient Motors
Though expensive, you’ll be rewarded with tax relief for your concern towards energy conservation.
82. Handle your Motors with Care
....and smear them with oil when needed. A highly maintained motor would result in desirable outcomes.
- AIR COMPRESSORS -
83. Reduce Operating Pressure
You can save up to 7% of energy by a drop in pressure as small as 1-bar.This can make a huge difference in your energy bill.
84. Don’t Forget to Switch Off an Unused Compressor
If you forget, it would waste up to 20-70% of energy.
Turn off the light when outside it's bright.
- HEATING -
85. Warm Your Cold Tiles with Rugs
Before you turn towards your heaters when the winter is around the corner, warm your cold tiled floors up by placing rugs.They would keep you warm and toasty until it’s time for the heaters.
86. Do Your Own Landscaping
Growing shady trees around your house and office would act as a barrier for wintry showers and air. While it is not possible to block out all the chill, it will do so up to a considerable extent so that you can bring down the temperature of your heater at least by a few degrees.
87. Replace Light Curtains with Heavy Ones
......and close them by nightfall so that heat retention indoors would be high.
88. Draw the Curtains to Let Light In
Get the maximum use of what little sunlight is available in winter by drawing the curtains. This would take a few degrees off your heater’s workload.
89. Use a Radiator Reflector
They help to reduce heat loss through the external walls by almost 45% and reflect it back into your home to keep it warm and cosy.
90. Did You Know ?
If you lower the temperature of your heater by just 1% during winter, it would save up to 10% of energy?
91. Check Whether Your Radiator is Overheating
If so, weather compensate the radiator circuit to reduce it. And if it still overheats, turn down the temperature instead of opening up the windows.
92. Don’t Increase the Temperature Fast
If you want to decrease your energy bill. A sudden increase in temperature of your heat pump would cause the heat strip to work and draw more power.
93. Minimize the Use of Supplemental Heating
While it may seem like a great idea to heat only the space you occupy, these heaters usually need over 1500 watts to run.
94. Install Thermostats in Rooms
You Don’t Want to Be Heated
This would save a whole lot of energy and it eliminate the need for portable, energy-hungry heaters.
95. Drop Window Blinds on Time
Drop them before the sun sets and retain as much heat as possible.
96. Switch Your Heaters Off Before You Head Off
Do it at least 30 minutes before you call it a day in your office. The already warmed air would be sufficient to keep your employees comfortable.
97. Don’t Leave Any Doors or Windows Open
Make sure you never open the windows and close the doors as soon as you enter or exit in winter. This will reduce warm air from escaping and cold air from making an unwelcome entry into the building which would eventually burden your heater.
98. Place the Thermostat Away From Your Doors
If you don’t, every time you open the door, the cold air that comes rushing in would mislead your thermostat to detect a lower temperature. And as a result, it would make your heaters unnecessarily work more.
99. Get Smart with a Smart Thermostat
This is a type of thermostat that enables you to control it from any part of the world. You can switch it on and off anytime, without having to burden yourself with the reminder to do so every time you leave your home.
100. Seal draughts
Use self-adhesive thermal strips to do so and avoid heat losses by more than 10%
101. Clothe Yourself in Warm Dresses
....And in multiple layers in order to retain your body temperature as much as possible.
102. Maximize the Efficiency of Your Heating System
To do, change its filters at least once a month.
103. Run Your Ceiling Fans Clockwise
When it rotates clockwise, It’ll draw warmer air from the top and push it downwards. As a result, the air will not only warm you up, but also helps to reduce the need of your heater’s temperature by a few degrees.
104. When you buy a heat pump, buy an energy-efficient one
It will more likely reduce your energy bills in half.
105. Don’t Place Anything to Obstruct Air Vents
Move heavy drapes and furniture away to let air in.
106. Turn the Thermostat Down When you’re Expecting Guests
Do it a few minutes prior to their arrival. Once they arrive, their body heat would contribute as a substitute to the dropped temperature.
107. Insulate the Cavity Walls of Your Old Home
As it’s super easy to do, most energy companies even offer doing it for free and by doing so, you can save up to 1/3rd of heat loss during winter.
- COOLING -
108. Use Plants for Natural Air Conditioning
Using indoor plants is an age-old way to bring down heat significantly. While there can be times during the summer when the need to run an air conditioner becomes a necessity, evaporation from plants would serve you as a fantastic air conditioner.
109. Set the Temperature Right
By increasing a few degrees in your air conditioner, while making sure that you’re still comfortable, you can save massively in your energy bills.
110. Keep Internal Doors and Windows Open
So that cooled air can flow freely from room to room and minimize the the work load of your air conditioner.
111. Seal All Air-Leaking Drafts
Regardless of how small the leaks are. A continuous leakage of cool air would make your air conditioner work harder and use energy unnecessarily.
112. Clean the Air Vents
Papers and stationery have a way of making their way into air vents in your office, blocking them up and making them use 25% more energy. So clean them and don’t let it happen.
113. Install Automatic Doors in Your Office
So that conditioned air won’t gush out every time your employees forget to close the doors.
114. Use as Less Lighting as Possible in the Summer
While the natural day light is bright enough, don’t light up your house needlessly. Keep in mind that every bulb radiates heat and increases the workload of your air conditioner.
115. Use Your Air Conditioner Only as a Last Resort
Install more ceiling fans and run them to feel a few degrees off from the room temperature. They consume a whopping 99% less energy than your AC units.
116. Block Your Chimney with Chimney Balloons
So that the exchange of conditioned air with warm air from the outside is prevented.
117. Don’t Run Your Heating and Cooling Systems at the Same Time
This could commonly be seen in hotels and there’s no saying as to how inefficient it is.
118. Keep the AC Filters Clean
As a result, inefficiencies in your AC system could be minimized.
119. Use Air Conditioners at Least with a Seasonal Energy Rating
In addition to saving energy, you’ll also be able to obtain rebates for about $300 dollars.
120. Don’t Let Your Garage Heat up Your Home
Garages typically have warm air. So to avoid it from entering into your conditioned home, make sure the garage door always closed.
121. Know When to Use Your AC
Wait until the room temperature exceeds at least 24°C. In most countries, the average temperature is more than this, yet they’re cool even without the AC.
122. Use Light Coloured Curtains
....and keep them closed to reflect the direct sunlight that falls through the window. This would keep most of the heat out and reduce the air conditioning need.
123. Insulate your Attic
Up to a thickness of R-30, and insulate all leaking spots. A poorly insulated attic contributes to 25% of heat loss.
124. Use the Ceiling Fan in Parallel to the AC
This would make the conditioned air spread throughout the room faster, and eventually, reduce the time taken to cool the entire room.
Here is a great infographic from Energy.gov regarding cooling.
- WATER HEATING -
125. Invest in a Solar Water Heater
If you get ample sunlight during the day, then this would be the ideal solution to heat water using renewable solar energy.
Here is a great article from Energy.gov.
126. Check for Hidden Leaks in Your Plumbing
Even a small leak that causes tiny drops of water to seep out could mean a lot with time. So seal all leaks by thoroughly inspecting your hot water pipe system.
127. Insulate your Pipes
To retain the heat much longer and to avoid heat loss, buy and wrap your pipes and the heater with insulation pipe wraps.
128. Turn off Your Heater While Not in Use
Don’t forget to do this, specially when you go on a vacation leaving your heater behind. This is because most heaters are designed to automatically reheat the water to maintain the set temperature.
129. Take a Quick Shower
Even if you don’t waste water, taking long showers would cool off the water - making you run the heater a while longer. So give your best to keep your hot water showers short.
130. Use a Kettle With a Whistle
This would help you save energy without over-boiling water. It would also reduce water wastage in the form of steam.
131. Don’t Boil Too Much Water
If you’re unsure about how much of water a few cups of tea would need, use a tea cup to measure the approximate amount. Continue this practice and notice what a significant difference it would make to your energy bill at the end of every month.
132. Reduce the Temperature
.....and a couple of degrees drop in temperature won’t cool down water significantly for bathing and washing- but will do so with your electric bill.
133. Service Your Boiler to Eliminate Inefficiencies
Do it quite often to save more than 10% of energy every year.
134. Set a Timer to Your Heater if you Don’t Have one
This will turn your heater off right on time, even when you’re not around.
135. Set the Ideal Temperature to Heat water for Drinking
60°C would be more than enough to heat water and kill Legionella bacteria in the process.
136. Go Tankless - More Savings
Tankless water heaters are about 30% more energy efficient than storage tank water heaters. So if they could meet your hot water needs, then go for them!
137. Rely on the EnergyGuide Label
....and opt for heaters with a high displayed efficiency. While they could cost a little more than the low efficient heaters, they would save a fortune of electricity costs.
138. Avoid Using Electricity to Heat Water
Because it’s triple the price of gas! But if the circumstances are unavoidable, then try to at least go for either an infrared heater of a heat pump.
139. Condensing boilers are Life Savers!
These boilers are at least 25% more efficient than non condensing boilers. If you boil water often, then you totally should get one of these and save more than half of your energy bills.
140. Install the Water Heater Where it’s Needed
....so that hot water doesn’t have to travel far to reach the final destination. The farther it travels, the more water is lost.
141. Invest in a Natural Gas Heater
These heaters use natural, renewable gases for the process of heating. They’re also several times less expensive than fuel and electricity.
- WATER -
142. Cover Water Tanks
If you use tanks to store water, make sure you cover them well. It will not only prevent dirt from falling into it, but also loss of water through evaporation.
143. Save Water Using Spray Taps
These taps distributes water as a mist or spray so that the quantity of water released is significantly low, yet ample. They’re also the best to use for hot water.
144. Try to Avoid Baths
Don’t stink either! Instead shower - and save water. You need a lot of hot water to take a bath. At least ,cut down the number of baths you take in a month.
145. Shorten Your Showers
If under the shower is where you practice your vocal skills, then you ought to limit that or stick to cold showers instead. This will reduce the work load of your heater and save some multiple digits in your energy bill.
146. Close the Faucets Well After Every Use
And check all taps before you go to sleep. Even the smallest of droplets could turn into gallons overnight.
147. Don’t Run the Water while Brushing
Take your time and brush your teeth but you don’t need water to do so. So close the tap and save both water and money.
148. Replace your Showerheads with Aerator Low Flow Shower Heads
They give you the feel of a higher flow of water through the force of air. Yet, they pump only little and save a lot.
149. Don’t Flush Your Toilet After Every Visit
Instead; flush it down, only if its brown! Could be a bit hard to handle at first, but once you get used to it, you can save several gallons of water every day.
150. Convert Your Toilet into a Low-Flush Toiler
This would reduce the amount of water being used to flush your toilet clean.
You can do it easier as well.
151. Shave with a Sink Full of Hot Water
This would save a great deal of water as opposed to running a hot water tap as you shave.
- COOKING -
152. Use Pans that Would Fit the Burner
Why else did you think there are burners and hobs with different sizes? A downsized pan on a large burner would only mean a waste of energy.
153. Use Microwaves and Toaster Ovens
Conventional ovens consume 20% more energy than microwaves because they take longer to heat up.
154. Resist the Urge to Open the Oven
Before the timer runs out. Sneak a peek through the window instead and prevent the heat waves from escaping which would cause the oven to draw more energy to cover the loss.
155. Preheating Your Oven is Unnecessary
But if your recipe demands it, preheat it only for a few minutes.
156. Use Glass and Ceramic Bowls in the Oven
As these dishes are capable of holding more heat, use them to cook in the oven. They also heat up fast, so that you can use a bit lower temperature and still cook food effectively.
157. Leave Frozen Food to Thaw Out
Before you decide to cook, take them out of the fridge and leave them to thaw. This will reduce your time and energy taken to cook.
158. Turn Off Your Oven Ten minutes Early
.....and let the trapped warm air inside the oven finish the job.
159. Have Barbecues and Grill Out in Summer
Summer is all about fun! So bring up the brilliant idea to barbecue whenever you party and save both gas and electricity!
160. Do your Cooking When it’s Cooler
.....like in early morning and late evening hours in summer. This will reduce the heat, cooking adds into your home.
161. Cover the Pans Tightly as You Cook
While there can be times when the recipe prevents it, you can always save energy by covering the pots and pans. This minimizes the amount of heat that gets away and the time needed to complete cooking.
162. Use Smaller Cookers for Smaller Meals
Dinner for two? Then use your grills or skillets instead of your big fat oven or stove.
163. You Don’t Need an Exhaust Hood
Unless you do a lot of cooking like a cook. So, open a window instead.
164. Store Cooked Food in Reusable Containers
Wrapping them up in foils and plastic wraps is not only a waste of money, but also an added waste to the environment.
A Gallon Saved is $3.00 Earned
- WHILE DRIVING -
165. Save Energy in a Traffic Jam
This is where fuel energy is wasted the most. If you’re vehicle doesn’t move for more than 30 seconds in a traffic jam, cut off your engine immediately.
166. Avoid Air Conditioning Unnecessarily
Use fresh air to cool off as much as possible by keeping your windows open. This would help you minimize the number of times the air conditioner is run and would eventually save fuel energy.
167. Make Sure the Tyres are Fully Inflated
This would reduce the friction and resistance on roads, enabling you to travel smoothly while saving fuel.
168. Parking Space
If you pay a little more attention to where you park your vehicle, by finding a shady place instead of the first spot that catches your eye, it would prevent your vehicle from overheating. This also means that when you get back in, you won’t need to depend on your air conditioner for survival.
169. Keep your Air Conditioner in Good Condition
A poorly maintained air conditioner is a one that hasn’t seen a service centre. The chances are, such units would work inefficiently by drawing more fuel and releasing poisonous CFC gas.
170. Decide When to Walk
If shopping is only a few minutes away, then burn some calories, save up some fuel and walk all the way.
171. Make carpool buddies
Tolerate your neighbours and make friendships so that you can take turns driving to work, school or college. And in return - end up saving a lot of fuel and money.
172. The Boot is Only a Temporary Storage Option
Don’t use it otherwise. A boot filled with heavy items would only make moving your vehicle more difficult and fuel-consuming.
173. Vehicles Don’t Need Warm Up Exercises
You might need, but not your vehicle. So don’t start it and leave it idle, instead start your journey right away.
174. Get to Office Faster
If we all could use public transport instead of individual vehicles, there would hardly be any traffic and you can get to work faster! In the process, you get to save a lot of money and energy too.
175. Do Your Shopping at Off-Peak Hours
By doing so, you can not only shop faster, but also avoid traffic, waste of fuel, and stress - making you live longer.
176. Hybrid Vehicles for Green Driving
With the added benefit of an electric motor, hybrid vehicles are one of the most affordable solutions for increased fuel economy and reduced greenhouse effect.
177. Combine Multiple Errands Into One Big Journey
A cold engine burns more fuel than a one on the run for a few miles. So instead of making many trips time to time, combine all of them into one.
178. A Patient Driver Saves Fuel
Drive at the highest gear, but at an average pace. The more you speed up, the more you burn fuel.
179. Opt for Premium Grade Unleaded Gasoline
This is one of those expensive ways to save fuel as its more efficient.
180. Don’t Overload the Roof Rack
.....and load it only when necessary. A rack stacked with items would bring down a vehicle’s fuel efficiency by at least 15%.
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181. Consider Energy Audits
If your office or home is utilizing more energy, an energy audit is the best way to find out how to be more energy efficient. Some utility companies even provide them for free.
182. Educate People on Energy Saving Options
Your kids, friends, family and employees might not be aware of energy saving options available in their electronics. Educate them.
183. Put up Solar Panels
Save up for solar panels starting from now. This energy is not only free and renewable, but could also be stored in batteries for winter use.
184. Use the Stairs Over Elevators Whenever Possible
They not only save a good load of electricity, but also burn unnecessary calories in your body.
185. Send e-mails to Save Paper
Snail mailing and faxing require papers while e-mailing is faster and paperless. So stick to it as much as possible.
186. Dry Clothes on a Portable Clothesline
....and move it towards the direct sunlight time to time. This will make your clothes dry faster and you won’t need to turn towards your dryer for help.
187. Recycle and Reuse as Much as You Can
Don’t dump plastic, polythene and aluminium items into the waste basket after a single use.
188. Spend Your Vacations on Green-Rated Hotels
This would encourage and create competition among hotel owners to go green.
189. Make it a Habit to Water the Plants
Early in the Morning
This is when the rate of evaporation is the lowest. Which also means that the wastage of water poured to plants is at minimum.
190. Cool a Bottle of Water in the Fridge
......instead of cooling water separately.
191. Hold Meetings Virtually
Sticking to the traditional way of holding meetings to discuss every minor detail in a particular place would mean a waste of fuel and lighting. Avoid it by easily holding meetings via Skype, Webex, etc.
192. Work from Home When Needed
Get use of the VPN technology and allow employees to connect to your network and carry out their work. This would reduce the amount of lighting needed in your office.
193. Encourage Energy Saving Ideas
......among your family members, friends and employees. You’ll be surprised to see how innovative the human mind is.
194. Enjoy Tax Holidays by Being Energy-Efficient
While the local government provides tax holidays, public utility companies provide rebates for businessmen who purchase energy saving appliances for business use.
195. Work Towards Getting ENERGY STAR Rated
Coordinate with your employees and make it a part of your business goals to get your office highly rated for energy efficiency.
196. Appoint Responsible Individuals to
Save Energy in your Office
...and to take matters into hand.
197. Use Your Rewarding Power
...and reward employees and people who devote their body and soul to save energy.
198. Follow the Strategies Recommended by EPA
The US Environmental Protection Agency has introduced a special guide called ‘Teaming Up To Save Energy’. By following those steps, your business can pace faster towards becoming energy efficient.
199. More Tools to Help You Out
EPA is always eager to help people save more energy. Its ‘ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool for commercial buildings’ and ’Energy Performance Indicators for industrial facilities’ are two of the tools that would help you immensely in organizing your business to save energy.
200. Compare the Lighting Schedule and
Usage in Your Office
........and discover mismatches between them to reduce energy wastage.
201. Get Use of Renewable Energy Sources
.......and get paid from the government under the RHI payment system.
202. Don’t Use Your Radiator as a Dryer
If you want to dry clothes, then do so by leaving them on the same room as your radiator. But don’t leave them on top of the radiator as the heat absorption would make it work a lot harder.
203. Make Use of Your Garden
Plant and have sufficient fruits and veggies to fill your plate. It will also save the fuel energy and the cost of frequent trips to the market.
Pull the plug and you’ll feel smug.
204. Share this !
Take what you've learned, and pass the knowledge on to others. If every person you know could take one small step toward being energy efficient, the collective effort could be phenomenal.
Whether you are at home or office or school or restaurant, you can apply all these methods and save lots of energy !
So after going through everything we think its pretty safe to say that saving energy is something really easy - and also something everyone should consider doing.
You would never know that the littlest things could make one of the hugest difference in yours - as well as in hundreds or even millions of lives out there.
So start saving energy from now on - take one step at a time. You’ll realize that apart from a few, almost everything else is totally achievable.
It’s sad how energy is wasted due to our own negligence. All we need is to pay a little more attention and surprise ourselves with the results.
All in all, we’ve covered you with every single point we could think of and this is more like the only guide out there that covers all.
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Any Energy saving tips that we missed?
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