Posted by ECOGREENWORLD on 04/15/2016

POWER CONSERVATION SAVES MONEY and reduces cost of home energy

Tips to lower your electric bill with little to no investment


Conserving electricity helps stop global warming and can save you a bundle of money. Think about going on vacation with the money you save — instead of paying your electric utility for more power than you need to live comfortably.


If you’re your visiting this website you probably know solar power and wind energy work and buying or leasing solar power and wind energy is how you take control of energy costs. What you may not have thought of, is that if you conserve electricity, you can buy a smaller solar power or wind energy system to suit your needs. Renewable energy pays bigger dividends the lower you pay to buy or lease a solar or wind energy system. Start conserving energy today. You’ll keep more money in your pocket and using less electricity is easy to do.


People buy solar and wind energy systems for a variety of reasons: to help solve global warming, to be more green… but at the end of the day, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want to save money with renewable energy. One of the best ways to save more money with solar power and wind energy is to understand how power conservation and renewable energy work together. That way, you won’t need to oversize your renewable energy system, and you will be able to supply a greater percent of the power your household needs from solar and wind energy.


I’m a bit of an energy miser but our family doesn’t skimp on electricity to enjoy the things we want in our home. Rooms are lit when we’re in them, and lights are turned off when we leave the room. Our home entertainment, and computer systems are plugged into power strips, and turned off when we’re not using them to save on phantom power waste.


Conserving energy does not require you give up anything important to your lifestyle. If you’re mindful that every kilowatt hour (kWH) of electricity you use is costing you, why not be more efficient, and save? High efficiency lighting, taking advantage of daylight, and turning off lights when you leave a room, are the easy low impact ways to save. If you have just one old style incandescent or halogen light bulb, inside or out, you’re wasting electricity. Change those, and you’ll lower your electric bill. Energy conservation can be as simple as that. How many people who want solar power and wind energy systems does it take to change a lightbulb? One. Do it today, you can thank me later when you see your power bill go down.


Solar Panel installations are sized based on your combined yearly consumption of the Kilowatt hours (kWH) you buy from your power company. If you use high efficiency lighting and less power (such as a 30 watt CFL light bulbs instead of 75 watt incandescent) you will not need as many solar panels to power your home. You save even more changing to LED lighting.


Payback for your home energy system is based on how much you invest to get solar power or wind energy. The smaller the size of your solar electricity system (how many panels are installed to produce your solar energy) the less you’ll pay for it, and the better your return on investment. Wouldn’t you rather power a new electric car, with free power from your renewable energy system, versus overpay for lighting? I bet you would.


LOW COST WAYS TO CONSERVE ELECTRICITY AND SAVE MONEY


Lighting: Why are light bulbs important when it comes to energy conservation? Answer: Old style Incandescent bulbs are energy hogs, create heat, are easy to change, the payback using new CFL’s or LED’s bulbs is fast. Change 10 Incandescent bulbs to energy efficient ones and you may drop your electric bill by 17% or more. No kidding.


CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs are better than they used to be. They start up faster, and offer new color options (such as cool white and warm white). There are CFL and LED replacements for outdoor flood lights and small candelabra bulbs, special CFL dimmer bulbs (make sure you buy the ones marked dimmer). Walk around your home in and out, and note any old style light bulbs for replacement. Change them to CFL or LED bulbs, and watch your electric bills go down. Keep track of how many kilowatt hours (kWH) you use monthly by analyzing your bills, and you’ll see for every incandescent you replace your savings soars and your monthly consumption of Kilowatt hours (kWH) go down.


LED light bulbs are the newest power saving light bulbs. They come in all sizes and different colors to suit the light you prefer. LED replacements bulbs are available to replace halogen lights which create a lot of heat, and are energy hogs. Get rid of every old style heat generating incandescent light bulb on your property. Why pay a higher price to cool your home to compensate for outdated lighting. Replace them and save!


Embrace natural light. Using natural light is free. Open your shades, use light colored curtains that allow in some light to pass through. Let the sun shine in!


Arrange your work area so that natural light floods your desk. Use a low-powered energy efficient desk lamp when you need extra light.


Turn off the lights when you leave the room and disconnect excessive lights. There’s no reason your kitchen or living room need to be all lit up, in areas your not using. Turning off and using less lights than are necessary is the easiest way to use less Killowatt Hours (kWH) and lower your electric bill. Lowering your electric bill saves you from day one, and computes to needing a smaller solar or wind system to run your household.


2) Unplug appliances


Minimize phantom loads. “phantom load” refers to energy that appliances or electronic devices consume when not actually turned on. Coffee pots, computers, printers, electric tooth brushes, television systems, all use energy even when you’re asleep. Try unplugging and putting away electrical devices that you don’t really need or rarely use. How about those electric room deodorizers? Unplug them and open a window for fresh air instead.


The best way to manage phantom load waste is to buy energy strips. Plug your appliances, computer and entertainment equipment into an energy strip and flip the switch to off when you leave the room. Turn on the energy strip when you need to run the equipment. Get in the habit of turning off unused equipment, and you conserve energy and money with no sacrifice. Did you know that laptops use less energy than a desktop computer? If you have a choice use your laptop, save energy, and save $money$.


Install a Programmable Thermostat and use fans more often to circulate cool air from outside and move cool air around room to room.


Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home’s temperature to fit your schedule. A programmable theremastadt could save you as much as 15% on heating and cooling. If it cools down outside at night, open the windows, get some fresh air and run a fan for cooling. Use your air conditioner less frequently, increase the thermostadt by 2 degrees in summer, and lower by 2 degrees in winter. You’ll hardly notice the difference in temperature, but you’ll enjoy the money you save. Wouldn’t you rather go on vacation with your savings, versus overpay your electric utility company?


Get the most from your dishwasher by filling it up rather than run half full. Same goes for your washing machine and dryer.


Hang a close line if you are so inclined. Your clothes will smell fresh and it’s FREE.


Make sure your water heater is insulated so it maintains temperature and is not cycling on and off.


Clean your Refrigerator coils, dust accumulates down there, and causes your refrigerator to lose efficiency. If your freezer is not full, get some of those blue ice packs (you can get them at dollar stores), and throw them in to maintain the temperature. When you need to replace a major appliance buy only high rated Energy Star models. They’re worth the investment. If your refrigerator is more than 10 years old, or you have an old one in the garage you hardly use, turn the electricity guzzler off in the garage, and think about replacing your main refrigerator with a new Energy Star model. You may even qualify for a rebate from your power company. Check their website for incentives for energy conservation appliances. The investment will pay off in no time.


When you install solar panels, the solar consultant will size the system calculated based on the sum of 12-months of your Kilowatt hour (kWH) electric use. If you don’t have enough roof area for the required number of panels you need to power your home, your system will produce a lower percentage of the total power you currently use. To increase that percentage, and produce more of your power, learn to waste less power, by using best practices for conserving electricity. By doing so, a smaller renewable energy system can produce a greater percentage of the power you need, and your investment will pay back faster. It’s win, win! Use less energy and you’ll need fewer solar panels or a smaller wind turbine to run your home. So it will cost less. Remember, energy conservation and getting the lowest price for owning or leasing solar panels or a wind turbine system, go hand in hand.

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