31-DEC-2020 02:10 PM
Even when youâ€™re not using appliances, they still continue to use energy. So pull the plug when youâ€™re done with the blender, toaster, food processor, and even your televisionâ€”everything except appliances that need constant power to preserve a special setting.
Did you know that you could be losing warm (or cold) air through your electrical outlets? We placed some fireproof foam insulation under our outlet covers and switch plates, and were able to save several dollars a month on our utility bill
One of the easiest ways to save money on electricity is to turn off electronics when youâ€™re not using them.
If youâ€™re trying to decide between deep or baby blue for your walls, you should know that lighter colors of paint well help you use less energy, as they reflect the light and heat in a room better than darker hues.
Hereâ€™s a neat trick for keeping your house warm without spending a cent in the fall and spring: Pour water into mason jars or glasses (we use cleaned-out salsa jars with their labels removed), and line them up along your windowsill. During the day, the sun will warm the water, which will gently warm any air getting through your window at night. To make the jars even more decorative, add ribbons and bows, or add food coloring to the water for some pretty windowsill reflections.
Especially if itâ€™s an older model, your cordless phone can use a lot of electricity. Keep your energy bills down by making sure you dim the lights on the display (if possible), and by not cranking up the volume, which can force the phoneâ€™s amplifier to work twice as hard.