Did you know that since 1993 that small appliances such as computers, lighting and other electronic gadgets are now eating up 30 percent of a typical household's energy use? That is a 19 percent increase! According to a Wall Street Journal article titled "The Phantom Strikes Your Wallet" says that as we have added more electronic gaming devices, computers, recharging stations for iPads, tablets, etc. our energy consumption has gone up and up and up!
So, how do we tame the dinner fork...I mean the plug? Here are some suggestions that this article suggested:
1. Run dishwashers and other appliances that pull a heavy load of electricity during off-peak hours which are before 1PM and after 6PM.
2. Heating and Air Conditioning still soak up a lot energy. So, insulate, caulk, and seal up those places where your home air or heat is escaping or coming in.
3. Use timers. Timers exist for water heaters, pools and lighting. Also, timers are a great crime prevention tool as you can use them while you are away on vacation to make your home look lived-in even while you are away. Also, make use of infrared and daylight sensors for security lighting and your porch lighting. This way you won't have to remember to flick on a switch.
4. Finally, make use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting where possible. I've noticed that prices are coming down on these fixtures. The good thing about LED lighting is that they produce a nice warm light and they last a long time while sipping energy.
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