Scientists have estimated that we have about 50-70 years left of oil – and our coal reserves are not very optimistic either. In a world dependent on electricity and running out of the fuels that produce it, saving power is more than just about saving money. It is about being better citizens of planet Earth, about making ourselves more conscientious and about taking care of our own finances as well.
What are some of the simplest and most effective hacks for saving power in your own home and/or office? We have gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.
Turn off and plug out
That display you’ve left turned on after the computer shut down? That phone recharger you left plugged into the socket? Believe it or not, these things can actually use quite a lot of power – so it is of the utmost importance that you never forget to turn off and plug out your devices. It’s a small thing to do and it won’t save you thousands of dollars –but it’s a very good start for a more power-friendly life.
Air dry your clothes
Using the drying machine is a great idea – but not when it comes to your power-saving efforts. Most of the times, the dryer uses more energy than the actual washing machine, so if you want to save some energy, you might want to try air drying or line drying your clothes more often. It will not damage them in any way and it is completely free – the only disadvantage being that it will take a bit longer for everything to be completely dried off.
Pay attention to your freezer
Each time you open the freezer, the cold air will get out of it and the freezer will have to produce more coolness – which will also use more of its energy as well. Packing your freezer more carefully, being more organized about the way you arrange foods in the freezer and making sure they don’t leave many gaps of air are all important (and simple!) things you can do to save some energy.
Change your light bulbs
Again, this is a very simple thing to do, but it can actually go a long way when it comes to saving power. Fluorescent and energy-saving light bulbs do tend to cost more than normal light bulbs, but, in the end, they can save a lot of money in the long run- so they will be more than worth it (not to mention buying and replacing light bulbs will not solicit any other effort from your behalf, so it’s a really easy thing to do for better energy-saving).
Invest in solar panels
Sure, this might be a bit more difficult and it might cost more than you had in mind, but the absolute truth is that it can be done and that it will save you a lot of money in the long-term. Even if you install solar panels just for heating the water you use in your household, there will still be a lot of money-saving involved!