Get In Control Of Your Energy Usage By Following These Steps

by Jeff Williams

Even though we are so accustomed to it now, it has to be said that electricity is still a bit of a phenomenon. After all, it was actually THAT long ago that it was discovered – and the fact that we have managed to build an entire culture around it is pretty impressive. But one thing is for sure, and that is that we are using more of it than ever. Canada and the US are the worst offenders, with Australia, France, Japan and the UK coming in at close second.

If you feel as though you are using a lot of energy, there are probably two reasons why you want to cut down on your consumption. One is that you are probably paying quite a lot of money for your electricity bills.

The second reason is that you may be concerned about the effect this usage has on the environment. Thankfully, there are ways in which you can reduce the amount of electric power you use in your home – costing you less and helping the planet more!

Install solar panels

You might have noticed that a few of the houses in your neighborhood are now sporting solar panels on their rooftops. At first glance, it may all look a bit futuristic and strange, but they are easy to install and even easier to use. You don’t even need to have them on the roof of your home. It does help if they are there as that way they will get maximum sunlight, but if you don’t want them there for aesthetic reasons you can actually have them on the side of your home or in the ground instead. In basic terms, the solar electric panels work via converting light and heat from the sun into energy with which to power your home. They are very eco-friendly due to relying on a renewable energy source rather than a fossil fuel – and for this reason they often work out cheaper too.

Getting unplugged

You might know the old rule about how leaving your appliances on standby still uses up energy. Most of us are now wise to this and usually turn them all off when we are not using them. But did you know that your gadgets can still use up valuable electricity even when they are off – but still plugged into the wall? If in doubt, it is best to turn everything off and unplug the things you know you won’t need for awhile.

Investing in energy saving technology

A vast majority of our energy usage goes on big appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers and fridges. In some cases, there isn’t much we can do about this – the only time we turn the fridge off is when we go away for a couple of weeks. But when the time comes for you to get some new appliances, it might be worth investing in ones which are specifically energy-efficient. Make yourself familiar with energy ratings ahead of your next shopping trip and take a look at what the market can offer you.

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