We know it’s the time of year when people go all out and decorate their houses, or at least their balconies, with Wizards of Winter-esqu proportions of holiday lights and decorations. Still, there’s no reason why we can’t attempt to save a little money by being more efficient with our usage of electricity, regardless of what season it is. Consider the following examples:
Turn It Off – Chances are you’ve heard this one before, or atleast something that follows the same logic train. If you’re leaving a room with a light on, turn it off. If you’re leaving the apartment and your computer’s still on, then turn it off before you leave.
Daylight – Consider opening the blinds and letting daylight shine in during the day. Try using daylight more often in favor of your electric lights. During the colder winter months, this will serve two purposes, as daylight will also raise the average temperature in your apartment a few degrees in addition to providing light.
Pull the Plug – Most of our devices plugged into electrical outlets have a continuous “pull” on that outlet, regardless of whether or not their turned on. Leaving a cell phone charger plugged in long after the phone has been fully charged is a good example. What’s more, while it may seem like a hassle, consider unplugging any device from an outlet that’s not in use and doesn’t need to remain continuously plugged in (desktop computer, refrigerator, etc.)
Try implementing these tips for a few months, and then check your electric bill. You’ll be surprised at how much you’re saving.
Photo courtesy of Orin Zebest