None of us would give up electricity if we didn’t have to, but in an age where we’re trying to cut back on the number of fossil fuels we burn, using less electricity is a great way to make a difference. Not only that, but the less power you use, the smaller your energy bill will be at the end of the month. However, it’s important to remember that cutting energy costs is a lot like losing weight; small lifestyle changes will have bigger impacts than big, flashy gestures that don’t last more than a few weeks.
Tip #1: Put A Stake in Phantom Power
Phantom power – also known as vampire electricity – is where a surprising amount of electricity goes to waste. Even if you turn off your TV or your computer, are there still lights flashing? Any time you leave something plugged in, from your phone charger to your microwave, power is still being used. So your best bet is to unplug everything when you’re done, ensuring that your electronics are well and truly cut off when you aren’t using them.
Tip #2: Scale Down Your Electronics
Upgrading your electronics can be expensive, but sleeker models use less power. For example, if you have a clunky desktop computer, a thin laptop will use only a fraction of that electricity. The same is true of a flatscreen TV compared to one of the old big-box numbers. Also, while it’s perfectly fine to have several options in your home, if you’re just watching a TV show on your own, consider using a small screen instead of your entire home theater setup.
Tip #3: Keep Cool, or Wrap Up
We use a truly colossal amount of energy heating our homes and fiddling with the thermostat can make things that much costlier in terms of both money and resources. So, while insulating your home more efficiently, is a proactive way to reduce your energy consumption, you might be surprised how much money you can save just by turning your thermostat down in the winter, and up in the summer. Consider putting on a sweater or turning on a floor fan.
These are just a few ways to get yourself on the path to responsible energy use. Once you’ve started, you might be surprised to see what a difference you can really make. For more great green living tips and to learn about our apartment community, simply contact us today at Western National!