Saving energy means power plants don’t have to provide consumers as much electricity supply, which also means less pollution from fossil fuels used to produce it. To further reduce household expenses, while at the same time helping Mother Earth, implement these simple energy-saving ways at home.
- Change Computer Settings
A desktop computer running 24/7 can waste up to $50 a year in electricity. Adjust the control panel setting for the screen to turn off after 15 minutes of inactivity and for the unit to automatically power off after 30 minutes. Make sure to set the computer to turn off, not to display a screen saver or running slide show as these uses more energy.
- Adjust Your TV
Today’s flat-screen televisions use much lesser energy than previous models, and it’s possible to save even more by adjusting your television’s picture set-up. Most TVs are set in high resolution as default setting, which makes the TV unnecessarily bright and uses up 20% more power. The next time you turn on your TV, make sure the picture setting is set to standard and the quick start function is disabled to save energy.
- Check Your Lights
Replace old, inefficient light bulbs with energy-saving versions for bigger savings. LED and CFL bulbs are a great investment because they can save more than a hundred dollar over their life span. These lights use 75% less energy and lasts up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Although some consumers are concern because CFL are said to contain mercury, experts said that they do not release mercury when in use, and can actually help lessen mercury emissions from power plants to the environment.
- Use a Programmable Thermostat
Why run your central aircon unit round-the-clock if you’re not home most of the day? Set your thermostat to mirror your schedule. If your thermostat isn’t programmable, get a new one that does. This is another good investment as it could save you up to 15 percent on your air conditioning cost alone.
These four energy-saving techniques can already be a big help to the environment when implemented at your home all year round. And if everyone also takes these tips, these small changes could sum up to a big financial, pollution, and energy savings for our Mother Earth.