Energy Conservation Tips For Routine responsibilities

Everyday living requires energy, and most homes use electricity for the bulk of their energy use. You could modify some of the responsibilities you do on a routine basis to save costs, but there are some things you just can’t do without, like bathing. If you’re wondering how to save on electricity while you go about your day, consider the following energy conservation tips.

Cooking

The typical advice offered for saving electricity while cooking is to double or triple your portions and freeze some for later, or to use microwaves and other smaller electrical appliances for faster cooking. This is a start, but if you’re serious about slashing your bill, consider outdoor cooking. There are great tools you can use to make this task easier, and without fear of burning up your home and the complete neighborhood. for example, the Volcano II Cookstove uses wood, charcoal or propane (your choice) and three different sizes of Dutch ovens fit comfortably in it. You can also grill on the cookstove, just as you would a barbeque grill. Finally, it’s collapsible, small and fits snugly in a storage bag for use in camping or to keep for emergencies, such as extended strength outages.

Chores

Applying energy conservation tips to everyday chores can also save you money on your electric bill. First, hand wash your dishes instead of using a dishwasher. Put your wet dishes in the dishwasher to dry, because the racks are better than a regular dish drainer. Second, you may already know that hanging clothes on an outdoor clothesline is the best way to save on electricity when doing laundry. However, an indoor drying rack is popular in many countries, and works just fine for much of your laundry. If you don’t have one, invest in a foldable drying rack, use it and test the results. It’s a great option for renters and others who may not be able to use an outdoor clothesline. Finally, sweeping your carpets instead of using a vacuum all the time will save you money. Use your vacuum for major cleanup once a week or as needed, but otherwise, a strong, thick broom can do the job well, or you can buy a carpet and floor sweeper.

Bathing

You may or may not be able to do anything about adjusting your water heater, if you’re renting. If you’re a homeowner, it’s recommended that you lower your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees F to control the hot water temperature, which should save you money on your electric bill. Both homeowners and renters can do something simple to reduce the cost of bathing, and that’s timing your showers. The shorter your shower, the more you’ll save. This is not a welcomed energy conservation tip for many who use showers for relaxation, daydreaming, a refuge and many other things. However, if you use it for its true purpose, getting you clean, you should be in and out in less than 10 minutes. To do this consistently, you’ll need to buy a small battery operated timer and set it every time you take a shower.  

Taking the drop into energy conservation is really a change in mindset. You have to be ready to dump many of the ideas you’ve been taught, and in some ways go back to the way our grandparents and great grandparents lived. With that said, applying these simple energy conservation tips is easy and achievable, if you’re motivated enough to get rid of high electric bills.

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