Who doesn’t love to save money? I know I do and that’s why I’ve found some pretty simple projects that you can do quite easily yourself. These projects are energy saving instantly. They are also good for the environment, whether it’s your home environment or the environment outside the walls that you live behind. So here are a few very simple things that you and your family can do.
Computer Power Management
There’s no getting around it, we use computers, they are just a normal part of life for most people today. Not only are there computers but all other related equipment like printers and routers. All of these items use up a lot of energy. Just two computers and all equipment used with the two can use 270 watts of energy whenever they’re turned on. One way to cut that down is to make sure that all the computer equipment is plugged into one power strip. Then at night you just turn off the power strip and everything is flipped off with a flip of one switch. Another thing that’s important to do when using your computers is to make sure that your energy saving settings are turned on at all times. Also, if you tend to leave your computers on all day long it’s best to set them on hibernate and when your computer has been inactive for 15 minutes or so the computer will then stop using power. This can save you money, about $200 a year!
Insulate Windows Cheaply
If you can’t afford the money that it takes to buy modern windows and you want to save energy and money during the winter, here is a quick, cheap and easy way that you can do this. You can actually insulate your windows in the winter by taking some bubble wrap packing and then spray water on your windows and attach the bubble wrap to your window. This will actually stay in place all winter. Sure, the bubble wrap might distort your view out the window but it still lets the daylight stream through nicely. This is especially great for windows that you don’t have a good view.
Get Rid of “Phantom” Electrical Loads
Even when you think that everything is turned off, it’s not. When you turn off electrical items they still are using power. This is called “phantom” loads. Sure, the amount of electricity that’s used is pretty small but it still adds up and it’s a waste of energy. The simple key to ending this problem is by making sure that all of your items that use electricity are all plugged into power strips and then when you go to bed you turn off all the power strips and the “phantom” loads are shut down. The only cost here is investing in however many power strips you need. Each power strip ones with surge protectors cost about $20.
Get Rid of the Electric Blankets
If you prefer having an electric blanket during the winter and think it’s saving you money because you don’t have your heater on as much, think again. Instead of using electric blankets you might want to switch to mattress pad heaters. They only use 0.15 kwh each night and they work great and this in turn allows you to rely less on your heater at night.
I suggest that you sit down with your family when considering doing any kind of energy saving projects do the following to make it easier:
1. Make a list of all projects that might save on energy and money. This doesn’t mean you have to do them all, it’s just a guideline.
2. Try not to pick projects that simply aren’t feasible for where you live or the situation you live in.
3. Make sure to carefully evaluate every project, estimate it’s cost, what kind of energy savings you’ll get and so on.
4. From your original projects list take the ones you know you can do and are committed to do and make a master list of these projects that you plan to actually do over time.
5. Take this master list and then put them in the order of importance to you and do them in that order.
I hope that you have found this post one that is helpful and informative and that you can utilize some of the projects that are suggested here.