Things To Know About Energy Conservation
- Energy monitoring devices provide clear data on where electricity goes, how efficiently it is used and what the costs are. Two general categories of monitors include those that measure on a household basis and those that measure only what you plug into them. When you know how much you're using, the savings are in your hands.
- The latest technologies in energy efficient surge protectors don't just protect you from power surges anymore—they also eliminate phantom energy users and power drain, reducing your electric bill and shrinking your carbon footprint for many devices.
- Studies have shown that using rechargeable batteries is more cost effective than throwaway batteries. For the most power efficiency, charge rechargeable batteries just before you intend to use.
- Specialized wall switches and timers can save you money by simply turning off the lights for you when you forget. By using either a preset timer or a motion sensor, these unobtrusive little gadgets make sure you don't leave the lights on when you don't need them.
- Changing your light bulbs from incandescent bulbs to either compact fluorescents lamps (CFLs) or LED lights both greatly reduces wattage usage and heat output, saving you up to 75% off related energy costs. Double the conservation with just one step!
- Increase your lighting savings with a dimmer. Every dimmer automatically saves electricity, even at the highest lighting levels, over a standard on-off switch. Dimming your lights can reduce energy usage by up to 20% and extend the life of your bulbs significantly.
- Major appliances and home electronics are responsible for about one-fifth of your energy bills. Replacing older, energy draining appliances with newer, ENERGY STAR® rated ones can reduce this by as much as 30%.
- Chances are you have appliances or electronics throughout your home or business that draw power from your system whether they're in use or not. With just the push of a button, energy efficient power strips cut off electricity to all the things you don't need while also protecting them from surges.
- Programmable thermostats are an effective, inexpensive tool to combat high energy costs, especially at peak demand times, while reducing greenhouse gases. Choose the one that serves you best and let it automatically keep you comfortable while saving you money throughout the day.