If you don't live with your parents anymore, chances are good that you pay bills. And if you ever stop and look at those bills, you'll see that the electric bill is probably the most expensive, or close to it. So what can you do to use less energy? Here are a few ideas for you to try.
If you have the money for it, getting energy efficient products can really help. You'll be amazed at what energy efficient refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heaters, and washers and dryers can do to help you use less energy. Just switching out one of your appliances can cause a drastic change in your light bill. If you can only get one thing though, try to replace whatever the oldest appliance in your house currently is- the older the appliance, the more electricity it's likely to use.
Pay attention to the weather. When it's below freezing outside, trying to keep your house a balmy 98 degrees can really make your bill go up fast. The same is true for trying to keep your house too cold in the summer. In the winter, try to keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible, so you aren't making the job any more difficult for your heaters- if it's not as cold in the house, they'll use less energy trying to heat it. Alternatively, avoid using the oven, dishwasher, and dryer during the day in the summer- the heat they generate will only make the air conditioners work harder. In the early days of summer, try leaving the air conditioner off, closing the blinds, and turning on a fan- you'll be amazed at how much less energy you'll use. It also gets much cooler at night, so remeber to turn your air conditioners off or lower before you go to sleep accordingly.
Another way to use less energy is to unplug things. If you're the kind of person who has your cell phone charger in one outlet, your iPod charger in another, and your laptop charger in another- even when you aren't using them- this one's for you. Everyone does it. It just makes more sense to keep it plugged in, instead of going to the trouble to unplug it and plug it back in, right? Wrong. It's estimated that 10% of the energy you waste comes from power being supplied to things that are plugged in but not being used. To use less energy: unplug all chargers, lamps during the day, coffeemakers, TV, stereos, microwaves- if it's not being used, don't let it use electricity.
Sealing your house is another good way to use less energy. Anytime you have a heater or air conditioner running, all the holes in your house just make it work harder. use caulk to seal cracks near doors and windows, and cover windows with plastic. Also,you can buy seals for underneath the doors that help to stop air from escaping there.
If you're ready for a drastic change in your life in order to use less energy, try cutting down on the things you do that require it. Limit how much time you spend watching TV, or on the computer. Bundle up instead of turning on the heat. Don't turn on lamps unless you have to- a desk positioned next to a window doesn't need a lamp during daytime hours. Just tell yourself: Use less energy= pay less money.
If you follow these tips, you will find that your electricity bill will quickly get lower as you use less energy. Do something fun with all the extra money you've saved- just don't do something that uses a lot of electricity!