1. Wash Clothes in Bulk. Washing clothes in your washing machine in small number is a lot like washing in bulk in terms of electrical consumption. However, washing in small batches would mean repeating the whole process for the minimum laundry output thereby increasing your consumption several times. So, save not only your electrical consumption/bill but also a lot of cash for your water, soap and fabric conditioner as well as a lot of time and effort which can be spent for quality time with oneself, others and service to fellowmen. Speaking of clothes, wash on sunny days and make the most of the sunlight to dry clothes so as to abstain from using your spin dryer.
2. Wise ironing or pressing. To save energy, do ironing only on clothes that require it like the ordinary clothes that you wear at home/yard. It is also practical and helpful to iron clothes during the day in a well-ventilated place so as not to use extra lights and extra fans for cooling your room. Towards the end of your ironing session, turn off and unplug the flatiron and press smaller linens like handkerchief, table napkins and the like to maximize the use of the remaining heat.
3. Use alternative sources of energy. Electricity can be so costly nowadays. Actually in my own experience, it practically eats up one to two-fifths of my monthly income as a private employee. Oftentimes, the electric bill does not only cause a pain in the pocket but most especially a pain in the head knowing that inability to pay can cause your disconnection at any moment after the bill was delivered to your home. An alternative source of energy for your home is the best solution. Actually, anyone can make a homemade power plant for efficient and energy-saving means. Certainly though, the alternative sources are quite expensive, it is worth the investment in the long, long run. Imagine a rent-to-own homemade power plant, after a year or so, you do not only provide power for your home but generate income as well.
4. Turn off and unplug appliances/devices when not in use. With the advent of remote controlled devices, we tend to turn our appliances/devices into standby mode when not in use. Though convenient, the downside of this lies in the vampire consumption of energy – a term used for the small amount of power consumed by unplugged appliances/devices. It would be best then, not just for saving energy but also for safety, that we unplug them when not in use.
5. Use hand-powered kitchen tools whenever possible. Kitchen tools nowadays and tools in general are most convenient when they come as electric-powered. If you wish to save energy, try using hand-powered tools to help you in your project. This will make your activity more fun and participative when you invite your beloved/housemates/significant others to join you use these tools.
6. Replace old appliances. When you find some appliances with the least expected output, probably it’s high time for you to change it. Change or replace them with the energy saving and power-saving ones so that you will not have to spend a lot of electricity to appliances that do not give you the best results.
7. Use LED. Light Emitting Diodes lamps are becoming so popular today and indeed it should be. Despite the fact that LED lamps consume lesser energy, it also last longer eliminating the need to purchase one bulb after another. The good thing with LED’s is that they do not need to warm-up in order to reach the desired luminosity to illumine a room. Since it does not give off so much heat, it reduces cooling expenses. Again, LED’s, just like the alternative sources of energy (homemade power plant), are costly depending on the kind and quality.
Well, if you know that it lives up to 50 times an incandescent lamps and 3-5 times longer than fluorescent lamps, you will never think twice of purchasing one.
10. Clean cooling appliances/devices. Dirt and dust affect the efficient cooling services of electric fans and air-conditioners. When they are free from dirt and dust, they consume lesser energy to cool down our room temperature. Dirty and dusty ones sometimes even contribute to the humidity inside a room.
8. Use a Solar Oven or Solar Cooker. Instead of using electric stove for cooking food or heating water, try using Solar Oven or Solar Cooker. It uses the rich energy from the sun to arrive at its purpose. Just take note of some facts before owning one. Use this especially when the sun is great in your area. Food preparation and cooking may take longer time.
9. Adjust thermostat on cold days. As of this writing, the cold days are past approaching. It is best to monitor the level of temperature from the outside so as to adjust the air-conditioner’s thermostat to lower level. Air-conditioners need not to exert so much effort and consume more energy these days. Adjusting thermostat means adjusting your energy consumption as well.
Save Electricity! Save Cash! Save Time! Save Effort! Save Mother Earth!