Saving electricity does not mean freezing in winter or having cold showers. You can still live comfortably by just knowing how to save on electricity. I have listed eleven save electricity tips below.

  1. Only use you washing machine or dishwasher when they have a full load. You will need enough clothes/dishes to do this of course as you may only run these appliances twice a week.
  2. Use cold water for washing your clothes. Unless your laundry contains a lot of grease and oil, a cold wash will get your clothes nice and clean, especially with the new enzyme powered washing powders on the market
  3. When replacing an appliance such as a refrigerator, make sure it is as energy efficient as possible. Some countries have star indicators so you can compare different models. Today’s fridges in particular are a lot more energy efficient due to better insulation.
  4. Hang your clothes outside on a nice day to save using the dryer. This only takes a little more time and the clothes smell much nicer when you bring them in. This can also extend the life of your clothes.
  5. If you have a dishwasher, stop the machine before the drying cycle and let the dishes air dry. There’s no need to use the drying cycle as the hot dishes will dry quite quickly once the steam has been let out of the machine.
  6. Use ceiling fans instead of your air conditioner when the weather’s not too hot. Ceiling fans create a nice cool breeze and cost much less to run
  7. In dry climates evaporative coolers work well and are much cheaper to run. These types of coolers depend on water evaporation to cool the air and work best in dry climates without too much humidity. They are cheaper to buy as well as run.
  8. Clean cooling coils in your air conditioner and refrigerator regularly. This will ensure your appliances run more efficiently.
  9. In summer close your blinds or curtains during the day to keep out the glare and heat. A tremendous amount of heat comes through glass doors and windows. The ideal solution is double glazing, but this is expensive. Keeping the curtains and blinds closed will keep a lot of the heat out
  10. Close off any rooms you are not using. Especially if you are using the air conditioner, keeping doors closed will allow the space you are using to cool down faster
  11. Put draught excluders under doors to prevent air leakage. Prevent cold air leaking into your home in winter and hot air in summer. You can buy insulating strips from the hardware store to better do this.

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