With the cost of electricity going up all over the country, and concerns about the environment risking, many homeowners are looking for ways to cut energy. There are a lot of options out there but we seem to see the same ideas thrown out over and over again. A recent article titled 22 ways to cut your energy bills (before spending on solar panels) caught our attention because some of these are more unique than most ideas we see.
The article is written for an Australian audience so not all of the advice fits residents of the U.S. but there’s enough good stuff here to share. One of the first ones that struck us involved upgrading your TV. Tim Forcey writes, “Ditch your super-hot plasma. If you have a 10-year-old television that gets so hot you can fry an egg on the screen, check out the newer models that can use one-tenth of the electricity.”
He also discusses who homeowners can cut down on water usage and electricity at the same time, “Install a modern showerhead, such as those designed with double-impinging jet technology that use only 5 litres of water per minute. Old showerheads can pass up to 35 litres per minute. Why not grab a bucket and stopwatch and test yours?”
Are you a lucky homeowner that has an extra fridge? It may be costing you more than you think. “Get rid of your ‘garage fridge’. It can cost hundreds of dollars a year to run an inefficient 20-year-old fridge, especially if it’s in a garage that hits 50℃ in summer.”
Of course, the idea we know can have a huge impact is this one: “Cover your windows from the inside… with drapes, curtains or blinds. This will keep in heat at night and on cold winter days, and keep out the sun in summer. Cheaper or do-it-yourself thermal window treatments such as plastic films or even bubble wrap can be applied in some situations (just don’t expect to win any design awards).”
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