Electric Conservation Tips
“Thinking Green” is about developing and creating a lifestyle based on environmentally friendly habits which reduce the amount of energy and natural resources you use on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. All households rely on electricity to meet basic every day needs. This includes heating, cooling, lighting and the pumping of water. Each day you use electricity to perform daily tasks. Recently, the price of electricity has risen. Many households are looking for ways to reduce the monthly cost of electricity. By practicing prudent conservation, you can reduce the amount you pay and save on electricity. Use Energy Star appliances, light fixtures and bulbs
Appliances & Electronics
- Turn off lights, appliances, electronics ( ie stereo, computers, TV) when not in use. Do not use stand by modes on computer and electronics. Home electronic products use energy when they're off to power features like clock displays and remote controls.
- The proper maintenance and use of house hold appliance can reduce electric consumption by 20% to 40%. A refrigerator alone can use up to 25% of your house electric budget. A typical house hold microwave, oven and stove use 200 to 700 kwh annually.
- Keep the fridge as full as possible
- Make sure that the refrigerator is not placed against outside facing wall or walls exposed to the sunlight.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer at the right temperature. If they are only 2-3 degrees colder than necessary, your energy consumption may go up by approx. 25 %.
- Clean the area beneath and around your refrigerator on a quarterly basis. This allows better air flow around the units allowing more efficient heat transfer.
- Make sure the door is sealed tightly. If it's not, you're wasting energy.
- Do not put uncovered liquids in the refrigerator. The liquids give off vapors that add to the compressor workload.
- Allow hot food to cool off before putting it in the refrigerator.
- Plan ahead and remove all ingredients for each meal at one time.
Ovens, Stoves, & Microwaves
- When cooking with electric stoves, set timers to minimized cooking time
- Every time you open your oven door during cooking, you lose 5 to 7 degrees or more.
- Check the seal on your oven door to see if there are cracks or tears in it
- Develop the habit of "lids-on" cooking to permit lower temperature settings.
- Keep reflector pans beneath stovetop heating elements bright and clean.
- Carefully measure water used for cooking to avoid having to heat more than is needed.
- Begin cooking on highest heat until liquid begins to boil. Then lower the heat control settings and allow food to simmer until fully cooked.
- Cook as much of the meal in the oven at one time as possible.
- Rearrange oven shelves before turning your oven on - and don't peek at food in the oven!
- Every time you open the oven door, 4°-5° C is lost.
- There is no need to preheat the oven for broiling or roasting.When preheating an oven for baking, time the preheat period carefully. Five to eight minutes should be sufficient.
- Microwaves use around 50% less energy than conventional ovens and cooks for much shorter periods. Thus, microwaves are more efficient for cooking small portions and defrosting.
Electric Conservation Cooling
- Don't switch your air conditioner thermostat to a colder setting when you first turn it on. It won't cool your home any faster and it will waste energy when you forget to turn it back up.
- Minimize the amount of direct heat entering your home by pulling shades and curtains on hot days.
- Maintain you’re heating and cooling equipment through a Planned Maintenance Program, which should include filter changes, condenser coil and fan coil cleaning. Have your air conditioning unit checked every 6 months. If the Freon level is not correct, you will waste a lot of energy and your home will never be as cool as you want it.
- Every time you open a door you're letting in new air that needs to be de-humidified, thus making your air conditioner work much harder. Set the temperature as high as possible while still being comfortable.
- Set your thermostat to as high as comfort permits, may be a few degrees higher. When the weather is mild, turn off the AC and open the windows. You can use combination of AC with ceiling fan.Ceiling fans consume as little energy as a 60 watt bulb. Ceiling fans are often used instead of air conditioning, but it's not necessarily one or the other. Fans produce air currents that carry heat away from the skin, so even air conditioned rooms feel cooler when one is running.
- Close your blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day to block the sun’s natural heat.
- To cool your house efficiently, you air conditioner has to be cool itself. So try to keep it in the shade. An air conditioner exposed to direct sunlight uses 5 percent more energy than a shaded one. If your air conditioner is already in the sun, you can build a simple shade screen for it.
- Don't block the air flow at the back of the Air Conditioner.