With a minimal amount of effort, you too can save energy, even if you have a large family. Computers, cell phone chargers and other devices can use a lot of energy, especially if everyone in your family has their own cell phone and computer.
It is Easy to Conserve Energy
While you might be hesitant to make changes in your lifestyle, it is important to remember that saving energy translates into saving money; the less energy that you use, the lower your utility bills will be. Just think how rewarding it will be to help the environment as well as helping your budget too!
Make Changes Gradually
Instead of trying to make a drastic change in your lifestyle, or purchasing expensive appliances or light bulbs all at once, gradually incorporate energy saving principles into your routine.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs give off the same amount of light as the incandescent bulbs, but they use less energy and have a longer life. Because of these factors, you can save a lot of money while saving energy too. Some electric companies have programs for low income customers and will actually give you the fluorescent bulbs for free if you qualify.
- Install ceiling fans to circulate air. Ceiling fans can help keep your house cool in the summer time and help to circulate warm air in the winter time. This means that you can save on energy costs because you can set your air conditioning to a warmer temperature and your heater to a lower temperature because the ceiling fans will help to circulate the air.
- Purchase energy saving appliances whenever possible. Many states and communities now have programs to encourage people to purchase such appliances. These programs include cash back programs as well as tax incentives. Some states even have tax free weekends which encourage customers to purchase energy saving appliances. Of course, programs vary from state to state as well as community to community.