If you’re leaving your home for a few days or a couple hours, you can take measures to lower your energy bill. Power saved each time you leave the home will quickly add up and potentially lower your energy bill. Here are three ways to lower energy consumption and net the savings.
Your electronics use power to display the time, flash lights, and update firmware throughout the day. Pulling the plug on those items keeps them from consuming electricity throughout the day. Consider keeping your router, modem, and computer plugged in, as the updates will keep your information secure. On the other hand, your entertainment center, stereo, and water cooler do not need to stay plugged in while you’re away from home. You can easily turn these items off and on by keeping them plugged into a power strip that has an accessible switch.
Your phone and game system chargers draw power even when disconnected from their respective devices. With several chargers left plugged into the wall, the waste adds up. You can unplug and roll up your chargers to keep them easily accessible when needed. You could also dedicate a power strip to your chargers and flip it to the “off” position when not in use.
Keep Temps Steady
Although it seems smart to turn the heat or air conditioning off when you’re not home, it results in increased power consumption over time. All the items in your home cool down and heat up after switching the temperatures controls off. When you switch it back on, temperatures have to be brought back to the optimal range. This requires extra effort by your heat or air conditioning unit. You can set your heating and cooling devices to a comfortable range and leave them there to lower your power bill.
Getting the Savings
You can make a spreadsheet to keep track of your power consumption each month. Input the information from your prior power bills into the spreadsheet to create a baseline. Continue for several months to see how the above items alter your energy use. You should continue throughout the year to determine if the savings change during different seasons. Compare the savings year to year to see your hard work in action.