(Closed) energy efficiency

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

If you have a lot of electronics, there is a new surge protector that you can get usually called a "smart strip"  These have one outlet that is the main connecting point and the others function off that one (or two sometimes I think) outlet. So, say you have your cable box, tv, dvd player, etc.  You can plug your tv into the main outlet and when you turn it off, the other items will turn off along with it.  These are to prevent the "vampiring" of electronics, or pulling energy even when they are off. 

Just take note of all the items you have plugged in and if they really need to be (coffee maker, toaster, hair dryer, anything with a little light to indicate it is on or off).  If you unplug them, it maybe be only a small help to your bill, but hey, it’s something!  

I just looked up the smart strip and it led me to a site called chooserenewables.com  looks like it could have some good products on it!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Plant leafy trees on the sunny side of your house to block the sun before it hits your house.

Post # 5
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428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House

We replaced all the window screens in our home with solar screens (the dark screens)  and we’ve noticed it has helped a lot with keeping the heat out.  You can find them at Home Depot.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Ugh, I know how you feel — all our appliances are electric and our house is made of paper… our electric bills this winter were no joke. Some things we did/would like to do:

**Buy an indoor drying rack and try to dry things like lightweight blouses or underwear/bras on it — it will save wear and tear on your delicates and energy from not using the dryer. If you’re in a neighborhood that won’t get on your case about it, do one better and get an outdoor clothesline. Of course, things like towels and jeans will still need to be tumbled, but it does help a lot. This assumes that you have an electric dryer, of course.

**Kind of a "no duh," but keep the house as warm in the summer and as cold in the winter as you can stand it. Those tower fans, strategically placed or carried around with you to where you are (kitchen & computer room are our two hottest spots) make a huge difference. Also, it takes more energy to switch the heat/air to on or off than to just set it on auto and let it do its thing. I think we’re probably past the in-betweeny stage now, but keep it in mind for future reference.

**In the winter, plastic-wrap your windows… you get this big film (basically just plastic wrap on a huge scale) and tighten it around your windows with a hairdryer — helps to insulate.

That’s all I can think of, but I’d love to hear other’s advice. Our house is such an energy sink, but we’ve managed to bring the bills down more than $200 monthly since we first moved in.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Using those energy efficient light bulbs shaved about $20 a month off our electric bill.  They are pricier than regular light bulbs up front, but we got ours a year ago and have yet to change a bulb.

 

Also, how do you guys have such insane energy bills?  Ours is usually around $25 or $30 per month, for 695 sq feet.  The highest it’s ever been is $75, and that’s when we had a grow lamp plugged in 24 hours a day. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Install an on-demand water heater if you can afford one, if not use an insulating blanket on your water take to keep the water from cooling.

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