When Mom told you to turn out the lights, she was thinking of saving money. Moms words of wisdom have never been more fitting than they are now. Electricity rates are going up everywhere. Besides turning off lights, there are several other painless ways to save energy and money. Here are a few of them...
•Look for those electronic, especially those with digital time and date displays that are infrequently used such as alarm clocks, TVs and VCRs in a guest room and unplug them. When going on vacation, unplug all of them in the house including the coffee maker.
•Unplug charging devices used to recharge phones or batteries when they're not being used.
•Transformers consume energy. Consider unplugging devices like calculators that are not in use.
•Wait until you can fill up your dishwasher before running it. And if you have a heated-dry option, switch it off. Prop open the door a bit after the cycle to air dry your load.
•If you have an electric cooktop, turn the burners off a few minutes before the finished cooking time. The heating element will stay hot long enough to finish the cooking without using more power
•Consider installing the light switches that turn the lights on and off as you enter and exit a room
•Also consider installing a timer switch on your hot water tank so it is not running all day while you are at work.
•Make sure you use the programmable thermostat to control your air conditioner or furnace too!