With the high cost of energy these days, we all want to lower our electric bills as much as we can. There are a few different things you can do to lower appliance electric usage.
One of the most effective ways to lower appliance electric usage is to buy energy efficient appliances in the first place. Look for the Energy Star seal and choose from among the options with this seal and you will use less energy than with other similar products. If there are no Energy Star options, or the Energy Star options are out of your price range, check the wattage that each of your options uses and choose the one with the lowest wattage. Keep in mind that although Energy Star appliances might be a bit more expensive at the store they save you a lot on your energy bill and you should pretty quickly make back the extra money you spend in energy savings.
Another way you can save in appliance electric usage is to turn off and unplug appliances when they are not in use. Many appliances continue to use energy while they are plugged in, even if they are not on. A lot of people don’t realize this and end up using quite a bit of extra energy just by leaving things plugged in. Sometimes it is easiest to plug things like televisions and other media equipment into power strips so that you can avoid having to unplug so many things, you can turn them on and off at the power switch to save money.
Of course you can always lower your appliance electric usage by simply using your appliances less, or using more energy efficient appliance options. For example, if you are just making something small use the toaster oven instead of the oven. You can chop small amounts of items with a knife and cutting board rather than using the food processor. You can turn off the tv and read a book or go for a walk.
There are some things like the refrigerator that you can’t use less or turn off, but when you think about it you can probably save some energy by following the tips mentioned above. And for those things that you can’t use less frequently, at least replace them with more energy efficient options when they wear out and you buy new ones, and then you will have the benefit of lowering your appliance electric usage.
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