You’ve Got the Power When It Comes to Home Energy

I have to admit that I always disregarded our electric use at home. Growing up, my mom always told me to turn off the light whenever I left a room. 

She also taught me not to leave the water running while brushing my teeth. Recently I've realized simple steps to cut your electric bill in half! 

When I say ‘simple steps,' that is what I mean – I'm a lazy gal who isn't willing to eat dinner by candlelight (despite the romance factor), have a cold shower, or handwash my clothes.

1. Unplug

One thing I didn't know is that when your phone charger is plugged in, it is still using power, even if your phone is not plugged in. How crazy is that? These power sucks can increase your power bill significantly.

If you don't want unused chargers and plugs using energy while using the device, unplug them. When that is too much for you, or you want to easier approach, use a power strip.

2. Use A Power Strip

3. Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulb

We used to have the standard light bulbs everywhere in the house. It seemed that we were changing them very regularly. Too regularly. Especially in the bathroom, the light needed replacement at least once a month. That's not normal.

The washing machines nowadays have an option to cold wash your clothes. It means that you can wash your clothes at a temperature of 20 Celcius (68 Fahrenheit). Your clothes will come out equally clean; the only difference is you will instantly save money!

4. Wash Your Clothes In Full Loads In Cold Water

5. Stop Using Your Dryer

When you're right on track to save money on your washing, continue saving money with the dryer. Since I've been living in the student- and shared housing, I've never had a dryer. Ever. I don't think it's necessary at all. I'm fine, just line drying my clothes.

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