Conserving Energy One Light at a Time

Energy conservation is a simple way to reduce electricity costs while protecting the environment. Every household member should be responsible and minimize unnecessary energy use. One of the most common mistakes people make is leaving the lights on even when a room is not in use.

Energy Quest offers some good advice on the subject:

  • Don’t leave lights on when no one is in the room. If you are going to be out of the room for more than five minutes, turn off the light.
  • If you know of a light that everyone forgets to turn off, make a sticker or a sign to hang next to the switch that says “Lights Out!” or “Don’t Forget!”
  • Where possible, use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Those funny-looking bulbs produce the same amount of light by using 1/4 of the electricity. Plus, they last for years and years without burning out.

Interestingly, they add that “There’s one light bulb that firefighters in Livermore, California, never turn off. It uses very little energy and has been burning for 101 years!”

Energy Efficienct Oven Use: IDT Energy

Conserving energy is a simple, effective way to save money on a monthly basis. Here are some things you can do every day to lower your bills. For more ideas, you may want to contact your electric company, like IDT Energy.

One appliance that uses a significant amount of energy is the oven and the stove. The first way to ensure efficient energy use is by using pots and pans of the correct size. Be sure to match them with the appropriate stovetop elements.
When it comes to preheating the oven, only do so for a limited amount of time as it is really only needed for baking. For reheating food, try using a microwave or toaster instead of an oven. These use significantly less energy. To check the status of the food, use the window as much as possible. Opening the door unnecessarily lets heat escape, and results in increased energy use.

Saving Energy: A Family Effort

Many people are aware of the fact that they can save money by cutting back on energy use. The problem usually is that they are not aware of how. The internet is a great source of knowledge, and information and tips can easily be found using Google or another search engine. For personalized advice, you may want to contact your electric company, like IDT Energy.

Once you’ve learned about the various ways to conserve energy in your house, have a family meeting and explain the proper use of appliances to your children. Make sure they understand why they should make an effort- give them real examples of costs, and show them how simple it is to be a little more responsible. Once everyone understands, you will surely see a change in the monthly bill!