Unplug any and all electrical devices
that are plugged into the wall. If has a light on it, it is eating power that you are not
Put all electrical devices that are
grouped together on one power protected strip, it will make
it easier to shut down all appliances connected to it.
Use the outlet that is powered by a
light switch on the wall to control more than just a lamp. If
you have your entertainment center plugged into a power strip then it is connected to the outlet that
is controlled by the wall switch turning the power off to those appliances will be even
Unplug your laptop from the wall when
not in use. It will be in hibernation and your data should be okay as you have a battery back
Turn off all of your lights in your
home and walk around it in the dark if you see any light coming from any electrical device whether it
be red to signal its off or other wise, it is still using power when it is not in use. Shut it
Turn off lights when you are going
from one room to another. It doesn’t matter if you will be right back in the room, any delay is costing
Turn your water heater down,
especially in the summer, it does not need to be running at full capacity all of the time. Even if it
is an energy wise unit you can still save more dollars over a years time than left at a higher
temperature. If you live in an apartment locate the breaker switch that should be located in the
breaker box, somewhere within the apartment and turn off the hot water heater when you have finished
your shower for the day. It takes a very short while for the hot water heater to come to heat. There is
absolutely no reason to leave it on when you are at work or gone for the day much less gone for a more
than a day.
If you have an in the door ice/water
refrigerator use that rather than open the refrigerator to reach and get one drink out of it. The water
will do you good and the consuming less sugary drinks will be calorie saving as
When you need a couple of items out of
the refrigerator get them at the same time if possible and when you are putting up items that have been
used put them in at the same time rather than opening and reopening the
If you do not have weather resistant
windows, you can apply saran wrap to the windows using a blow dryer to secure the film to the window.
This creates another barrier for the cold/heat to penetrate your home.
Recalk your windows to ensure they are sealed, inside and out.
Put Styrofoam panels in your windows
to reduce the cold/heat from coming in.
In the winter keep your thermostat at
or below 53 degrees. Lower still when you leave. If it is too cool for you add another layer of
In the summer time, generally keep you
thermostat 82 degrees or higher. When it is very warm to hot outside, lowering your thermostat will not
make it cooler inside your home as air conditioning units can only reduce the heat by 22-30 degrees
from the outside temperature. Example if it is 105 degrees outside the coolest your interior with the
air conditioning can cool is 75 degrees and it will shorten the life of the unit by over heating the
unit by over working it beyond what it is designed to do.
Use a evaporative cooler as a
substitute for air conditioning units (you cannot run them together. They will work against each other)
An evaporative cooler uses a regular plug in and costs to run the unit is around $20-25 dollars per
month for cooling an area of 1200 sg ft. There are portable units that cool around 300 sg ft, that
indeed will reduce your energy usages. (Note: Evaporative Coolers have difficulty of being of any
proper cooling during monsoon seasons or high humidity. But for use during the drier months even in the
most tropical of places they are a great alternative to using energy hungry air
Remember, fans cool people, not rooms. So use them when you are in the room
and shut them off when you leave.
Winter cooking in the oven is a great
way to help heat your home. After you are done using your oven to cook you meal, after you have turned
it off leave the door open and let the heat fill your kitchen and home.
During the winter months add more
blankets rather than turning up the heat.
During the summer months have a fan
running in wear you sleep, wearing light clothing and light cotton sheets for comfortable
Turn off your coffee maker after it
has made the pot, if your carafe is not a thermal carafe, then purchase one and pour your coffee over
into it when it is finished brewing to keep hot, and save energy.
Put motion sensors on the your outside
lights so they come on only when
Allow you food to cool before you put
it in the refrigerator.
A full refrigerator and freezer will stay cooler than an empty one and require less
energy - so even if it is full of water jugs, keep your refrigerator full.
Turn off and UNPLUG anything that is not in use!