In this age of technology, almost everything around us requires some amount of electricity. When you step into someone’s house you can just picture all of these machines just sucking out power from every direction; tv, radio, computer, oven, microwave, and about a thousand other machines.
So when the power bill arrives in the mail, most people are sorely disappointed that they did not pay attention to how much electricity they wasted. Wasted may seem a little harsh, but that is why most power bills are so high. People need to learn to observe and control how much power they use.
This is why I’m writing this article. I’ve been one of those people who use too much electricity when I didn’t need to. Once you begin to conserve your power, the money you save will surely put a smile on your face. Usually when you notice how much electricity you are wasting, it helps you to notice other things you are wasting. When I started conserving my power, I noticed that I was also wasting a good bit of water too. All of these things add up to more money in your pocket.
Ok, the first thing you should do is become familiar with the machines that use the most power. These are the ones that you should keep a close eye on, because they effect the bill the most.
You’ve heard your parents tell you not open the refrigerator door every five seconds. This is because it actually costs you around a quarter everytime you open up that door. If you’re just browsing around for food you might want to reconsider opening up that door just to take a look around. That peek costs you more than you think.
Your air conditioning/heater is also one thing that keeps that bill running high. If its during the summer, don’t keep the air down to 50 just because you’re tired of being hot. If you keep it set around 75 the house stays comfortable, and you don’t end up paying a fortune.
Other machines that use a great deal of electricity include the washing machine and the drier. Watch out how many times you wash you clothes, and never use the drier just to get those wrinkles out. If you cut back on these two things, you will be stunned by the difference in your bill.
Now on to the smaller devices that don’t use that much power, but do in the long run add up to quite a bit of money.
Lights! Turn off the lights when you leave a room. My parents use to scream at me so much because I would just leave every light in the house on all day. Lights might not use that much energy, but when you leave them on nonstop, it eventually leads to larger amount. Keeping the lights off when you’re not in the room will help to save you money.
Same thing goes with tv’s and stereo’s. I use to leave the tv on all night to help me sleep, but the money made me change my mind. After a few nights, I got use to the change and I actually prefer the silence now. They might not use that much electricity like the lights, but leaving them on over night will cost you a pretty penny.
When you start to think about conserving electricity, just use your common sense. If the appliance is not in use, the power cord should be out of the wall. The more things you have running, the higher your bill is going to be. Remeber keep those lights off!