21 Eco Friendly Ways to Cut Down on Electricity in Your Home

by deborah on November 1, 2013 · 10 comments

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21 Eco Friendly Ways to Cut Down on Electricity in Your Home

Taking steps to live greener plays a critical role in our efforts to decrease global

warming and preserve the planet.

Many of us are looking for ways to live in a more environmentally responsible and

eco friendly way in an attempt to decrease our ecological impact.

There are so many practical steps we can take to conserve our resources and help

keep our planet healthy.

Some of the most common include sustainability, recycling, alternative energy sources,

green construction, reducing energy consumption, choosing organic and local food–

just to name a few.

Even though you are trying to be more eco-conscious, you may not know that there

are other little things you can do in your own home to reduce your  carbon

footprint.

“When you look at the big environmental picture,

it can seem intimidating.

It’s tempting to assume there’s nothing

you can do to make a change.

But the small things are cumulative,

and it starts with the individual.

In short, you can make a difference.”

 

If you are concerned about the environment or just want to save money (or both!),

you are probably looking for ways to reduce your electricity use.

That cell phone charger that stays plugged in, the computer that stays on waiting

for someone to use it, and the TV that sits on standby all night represent prime

examples of how “going green” can save energy and save you money–if you

unplug them, that is.

For even if the items are not working, they are consuming energy!

There are many other smart ways to reduce your home’s carbon footprint by reducing

your electricity usage.

Here are 21 suggestions for getting those utility bills down and shrinking your

carbon footprint.

21 Eco Friendly Ways to Cut Down on Electricity in Your Home

Save a watt! Try these smart, simple ways to reduce the use of electricity in your home.

1. Just Unplug It

Unplug electrical devices when they are not in use, especially those electronics

that have a rechargeable battery (if it’s blinking, it’s using electricity).

2. Go LED or CFL

Invest in LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs.

If you are able, have skylights or sun pipes installed.

3. Lights Out

Turn off lights during the day and when you leave a room.

21 Eco Friendly Ways to Cut Down on Electricity in Your Home

Just turn off the lights when you leave the room.

4. Time It

Use timers on your lamps.

5. Turn It Down

Turn your thermostat down before you go to bed and when you leave the

house.

6. Use Green Energy

Look into alternative energy sources for your home –you may be able to

install solar panels, a small wind turbine, or, in the near future, a magnetic

generator to generate electricity.

Even installing a small solar panel or wind turbine that will run one appliance

will save electricity.

7. Insulate Well

Check your home’s insulation, and seal any cracks as necessary.

Apply weather stripping to doors and windows, and insulate your attic

if it is not already.

8. Cool Naturally

Cool your home with fans and open windows in the summer.

9. Change Filters

Make sure you change the filters in your heating and cooling system

as often as the manufacturer recommends.

10. Insulate Heater

Your power company can probably assist you with this, and may even

provide the bubble wrap-like insulation for your water heater.

11. Turn Heater Down

Turn your water heater down to 120.

This is also a good protection against accidental burns.

21 Eco Friendly Ways to Cut Down on Electricity in Your Home

Small changes make a difference. Let the sun inside in the winter and air dry clothing outside.

12. Embrace the Sun

Open the curtains and shades and let sunshine warm and light your house.

Close curtains and shades in the summer to keep hot sunlight out, or use sheets

of removable window tinting.

This will cut your electricity use by reducing the need to run your central heat

or air conditioning.

13. Air Dry

Hang your clothes up to dry, either indoors or out.

The clothes dryer uses a lot of electricity, and giving it a rest will decrease your

consumption quite a bit.

14. Sweep

Grab a broom and sweep whenever possible instead of running the vacuum cleaner.

15. Use a Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers reduce cooking time and stovetop temperature, thereby reducing

the time your stove is on.

16. Use a Crockpot

Use a crockpot on low to cook long-cooking foods like roasts–it takes less

energy to run a crockpot than a stove.

17. Cook Out

Cook outside whenever possible–since patio grills are relatively inexpensive.

Or you can go to a local park or forest that has public grills or fire pits.

18. Turn Down Fridge

Turn your refrigerator down (but not so far that you find food spoiling too

quickly – that, of course, is also wasteful).

21 Eco Friendly Ways to Cut Down on Electricity in Your Home

19. Look for the Star

Choose Energy Star appliances when buying new–this means the appliance is

up to government standards in energy efficiency.

20. Rekindle the Romance

Have dinner (and other meals!) by candlelight.

21. Plant Trees

Landscape with trees and shrubs that will shelter your home from the wind

in the winter and provide shade in the summer.

Of course, these are just a few of the many ways to cut down on electricity use

in your home.

But it’s a start.

Becoming informed about green living and its impact on the environment is the first

step towards each of us doing our part because it’s going to take a global effort.

If we want our children and grandchildren to live healthier lives, it needs to start

with us and needs to continue.

Remember, small steps are cumulative and add up to make a big impact.

As our planet faces dramatic changes–where our actions are believed to be

the prime cause–it just makes sense to do as much as we can to cut down on our

electricity usage and reduce energy consumption starting at home.

What other tips can you add to cut down on electricity in your home?

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Vickie November 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Lots of good advise – thanks Deborah! I especially like the one about using LED or CFL light bulbs. We have replaced almost every light in our home with LEDs. I know it is very expensive, but they last (almost) forever and save sooooo much energy that, in the long run, they are actually cheaper! Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning! I will come back to yours again and again because we are pretty much on the same wavelength!

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deborah November 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Hi Vickie,
I am so glad I found your blog! We share similar interests and it was a pleasure to explore “Making Your Sustainable Life”! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. All the best!

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Lori Popkewitz Alper November 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I love using my crock pot. I generally pull it out to save time later in the day, but knowing it’s also saving electricity makes it more enticing! Great tips.

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deborah November 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Hi Lori,
You have been one busy “green” lady lately. The work you are doing is so wonderful and so needed. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts regarding ways to save electricity. I appreciate it.

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Jennifer Wagner November 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for the great tips. We do many of them, but not enough.

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deborah November 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Hi Jennifer,
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this topic. I know it’s not easy to do them all at once. The good news is that more and more people are trying to do them little by little.

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Small Footprints February 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

I love #15! I used to be afraid of pressure cookers … I thought they might explode or something. But, I got over that and now it’s my favorite kitchen tool. We eat a lot of beans and wow, the time (and energy) savings is amazing. What used to take at least 2 hours, now takes 20 minutes (at the most). And the beans are cooked perfectly every time. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips!

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Sandy April 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Great tips 🙂 Always been environmentally conscience.

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CelloMom May 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

We installed a solar-powered attic fan in front of an existing gable vent. It keeps the attic temperatures reasonable in the summer (makes your roofing last a lot longer), and we haven’t had the air conditioner on in that part of the house since it was installed. It’s super-quiet too: I finally tied a ribbon in front of the vent, it’s the only way I can tell whether the fan is on. It paid for itself (from AC saving) in the first few months.

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