Some people are enthusiastic about energy conservation, finding ways to save energy in every moment of every day and going to great lengths to ensure their house is as energy efficient as possible. For most people, this kind of lifestyle change is intimidating. It takes time, money, and dedication to live your entire life with a focus on saving energy.
Fortunately, energy conservation is as intensive as you want it to be. Even small ways to save energy add up over time, lowering your electric bill and reducing your impact on the environment.
If you want to start saving energy but don’t want to radically alter your lifestyle, here are five ways you can save energy today:
- Unplug your appliances before you go to bed. Even while your devices are turned off, they can suck electricity from your outlet. Unplug them from the wall to prevent this.
- Wash your dishes by hand. The dishwasher consumes massive amounts of electricity. Instead, wash your dishes by hand.
- Turn on your ceiling fans. If it’s too hot, use ceiling fans to cool off instead of the air conditioning. If it’s too cold, turn the heat on and use ceiling fans to circulate the warm air.
- Turn the lights off in unoccupied rooms. Most people do this already, but pay close attention to the lights you keep on and off.
- Shut your computer down when you are done with it. At home and at work, hibernating computers can still draw electricity.
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