Cut down on electrical consumption

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It may be a no-brainer, but most households do not realize how pulling the plug can help lower electric consumption. (Photo Credits)

If there is one thing most homeowners would like to discover, it is how to lower electric consumption effectively. For most household, utility expenses represent a significant portion of their house operating expenses. Therefore reducing electrical costs can help in pulling down household expenses.

And while tips are aplenty all over the internet, there are sure-fire ways that can help cut down on electrical use. These tips are recommended by expert electricians and those profoundly experienced in the electrical industry and home management.

Home improvement website, Family Handyman, has mentioned several ways to lower electrical consumption. One of their top suggestions is to choose energy-efficient appliances. Another idea they thoroughly discussed is to have air conditioners serviced and regularly maintained to lower its demand for energy. American Lighting Association

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“The best way to keep your air conditioner running at peak efficiency is to spend a couple of hours each year on basic maintenance—cleaning and straightening the fins, changing the filter and lubricating the motor. Roughly half of an average home’s annual energy bill (gas and electric), about $1,000, is spent on heating and cooling.”

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Vampire Electricity

Personal Finance website also rounded up practical ways to ensure lower power bills. One of the ways they mentioned in their article is to be more conscious about vampire electricity and use power strips to turn off standby power. Master Electrician

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“Some electronic gadgets never truly power off; instead, they sit in standby mode using a trickle of power that can add up over devices and time. These are usually — but not exclusively — items with remote control, because the remote sensor needs power while waiting for your input. Plug these electronics into a smart power strip, which cuts off the current when the devices aren’t in use.”

The rest of the tips can be found here.

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Home improvement Guru Bob Vila also came up with his list of electricity consumption hacks that can help slash electricity bills. One of the ways he strongly suggested is to use cold water when washing clothes.

“Don’t wash your energy dollars down the drain! To save money, wash clothes on the cold setting and line-dry when you can. If you do need to machine-dry your clothes, don’t overfill. If you don’t leave enough space for the hot air to circulate, your laundry will dry more slowly, resulting in a pricier laundry cycle.”

The full write-up can be found here.

Lowering electrical consumption does only positively impact the household budget; it also has a good effect on the environment.

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