Tips for Conserving Electrical Energy in Pennsylvania

Electricity plays a significant role in our lives. It powers most of the things that we use at home, and its absence could hinder our household activities. However, the more we use electricity-powered appliances and gadgets, the more money you spend on your electric bill.

The average of Pennsylvania’s residential rates are 5% higher than that of the national, that of which directly affects its electricity consumption. This could mean that if you’re residing in this state, you’re likely to pay more on electricity bills.

Fortunately, there are efficient ways to minimize power consumption so you’ll spend less on electricity bills and save money for your other needs. Here’s how you can conserve your electrical energy.

Select and limit your use of lighting.

Lighting makes up 12% energy in your home, depending on the type of lighting you use. The most common form of lighting is light bulbs. There are four types of lightbulbs commonly used at home, which are incandescent light, fluorescent tubes, LEDs, and CFL’s.

Incandescent lights are the cheapest type of bulb, as well as the most common among the four. While it is easily accessible, it does not last long and emits more heat than more light. Fluorescent tubes are these white long tube lights that can go as long as a meter. These have a much longer lifespan than that of the incandescent light and can cover more area.

Compact fluorescent lights or CFLs are a spiral-shaped tube as small as an incandescent light. It saves more energy than the previous two types but is not suitable for places where the light is continuously turned on and off. Light-emitting diodes or LED’s are the most energy-efficient light bulb as it consumes the least energy out of the four. It also has the most extended lifespan and can be replaced after one year.

If you already have the type of light bulb that’s best for your home, be mindful of your usage. Always check if the lights are unused and immediately turn them off. Any appliance and lighting that is turned on while not using waste electrical energy will increase the cost of your electric bills.

Refrain from regularly using these particular appliances.

Appliances are essential things to have at home as they ease your burden with the daily household chores. But while they are convenient, appliances can take up a lot of electrical energy.

There are appliances that you may not need to use daily, and those are the kind whose functions you can do manually. Examples of these appliances are washing machines, driers, dishwashers, and your heating and air conditioning system.

Washing machines are a very reliable appliance for washing huge amounts of clothing. However, if your dirty laundry is at least half or less of your washing machine’s capacity, it is best to wash these clothes by hand. You can even entirely not use the dryer paired with the appliance, especially if you live in a property with a yard. You could hang your clothes and wait for it to dry. The same applies to a hairdryer. You could dry your hair with a towel or have it air-dried when you aren’t in a hurry or have nowhere to go.

Dishwashers are also an appliance you could live without. You could always opt to wash your dishes yourself, especially on regular days. The appliance can be used when there is an occasion involving lots of food.

Heating and air conditioning appliances are necessary for bad weather. For instance, Pennsylvania can get warmer or cooler depending on the time of the year, they are ready in case of unbearable temperature. But if the temperature is not too cold nor hot, it is best to have them turned off. Slightly hot temperatures can be dealt with through light clothing or an electric fan, and slightly cold temperatures can be dealt with thick clothing.

Unplug Unused Devices

When not using particular appliances or devices, it is best not to turn them off, but to unplug them from the electrical socket. This is because energy is still being used and can still cost you money. Safety-wise, leaving appliances plugged for a long time may pose a risk hazard.

The devices you should unplug are those small kitchen appliances, chargers, and entertainment devices. Small kitchen appliances refer to those you could carry and easily use in a few minutes. Examples of these appliances are toasters, microwaves, and rice cookers. These should be plugged only when in use.

Chargers are another device you should immediately unplug after use. Even after the gadget is connected and reaches 100%, it still acts like it’s charging and using energy. Once the gadget is fully charged, unplug the charger.

Entertainment devices refer to appliances such as the television, the radio, computers, and Wi-Fi Router. They do not have to be immediately unplugged when not in use but make sure to do that by the end of the day before you sleep.

Switch Energy Suppliers

This is purely optional and boils down to personal preferences. Electric prices in Pa households vary, and energy suppliers are one of the factors. There are several companies in the state that you could look for with great deals.

Takeaway

Good thing, there are many ways in which you could save electricity. You can go as frugal as you want, but not to the point of neglecting your basic needs.


Josh founded Money Buffalo in 2015 to help people get out of debt and make smart financial decisions. He is currently a full-time personal finance writer with work featured in Forbes Advisor, Fox Business, and Credible.