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10 Easy Hacks That Could Save You Energy and Money At Home

10 Easy Hacks That Could Save You Energy and Money At Home

Electricity is a utility that we take for granted. There are a lot of places around the world that don’t have good electrical infrastructures and the fact that we only lose power during natural disasters is actually pretty awesome. That said, electricity can also be expensive. In 2012, the average U.S. household uses 903 kilowatts of electricity every year. That’s a lot. Here are some easy hacks to help you save money on energy.

1. Insulate your windows

Your windows can be the bane of your existence. During the summer, the heat will come in almost unimpeded and in the winter, the cold will do the same thing. You can fix this! You can create your own plastic window covers or simply use blankets or other items in your house to cover them up. It won’t let as much sunlight in but it will help keep the heat and cold out. These can help save you money on your electricity bill and gas bill because your heating and cooling won’t have to work so hard to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. Another good idea is the draft stopper.

2. Pack your freezer more tightly

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    When you open your freezer, all the freezing cold air is going to come out. That means when you close it the freezer has to produce more and that can get expensive over time. A way to prevent this is to pack your freezer full of stuff. You can do things like bags of ice or even newspaper if you have it laying around. When your freezer is packed, it keeps the cold air in. That means your freezer works less and uses less electricity.

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    3. Air dry your cloths

    There really isn’t an efficient way to wash your cloths by hand (nor has there ever been) so telling people to not use a washer is kind of hard to do. Dryers, on the other hand, can be removed from the equation entirely and it’s all good. By air drying your cloths, you’re essentially cutting out all of the electricity that the dryer uses. Dryers use a lot of energy thanks to its heating element and we’re sure the mechanism to spin the drum is using a bunch too. Save money and energy by putting up some cloths lines and hanging up wet cloths to dry.

    4. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs

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      Light bulbs are among the most energy hungry things people use. They don’t use a lot of electricity on their own. However, when you have half a dozen lights on all day and night, things start adding up. According to Energy Star, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL bulbs) use up to 75 percent less energy. That means every four days a CFL bulb stays on it uses as much energy as a regular light bulb does for one.

      5. Turn off your power strip that your electronics are connected to

      Even if your electronics are turned off, they’re still sapping energy. They’re called “vampire devices” because they keep a little bit of electricity going so they can respond more quickly to things like being turned back on. By turned off the power strip you effectively cut off all electricity to your electronics so they don’t use electricity without you knowing.

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      6. Wear more cloths and turn down the heat (and vice versa)

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        In the winter, put on that hoodie and turn your heat down a few degrees so that your heating doesn’t have to work so hard. Likewise, in the summer, wear less cloths or more flowy cloths so your AC doesn’t have to work so hard. By turning your thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter, you can save literally hundreds of dollars a year in utility expenses. Heating and cooling is easily the most expensive thing in your house if you use them constantly. By turning them down (or off when you can), you’ll save a bunch of money.

        7. Get solar panels

        One of the best ways to save electricity is to produce your own. There are grants available to get solar panels put on your house for cheap or even for free if you qualify. If you get the free panels, they’ll be contributing back to the electric grid and you won’t pay an electric bill at all. If they’re not producing enough, you’ll just use the electric as normal. Harnessing the power of the sun is a great way to save money and go green. If you get them there’s a good chance they’ll also be installed for you so there’s actually very little effort on your part.

        8. Manage your ceiling fans

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          If you use your ceiling fan right you can save a lot of money. When the air blows down, it helps cool the room and keep you comfortable. Using this and turning your AC down you can save money that way. In the winter you turn the fan the other way. Then it pulls cold air up and away to help keep you warm. Admittedly, it’s more effective in the winter than in the summer but every little bit helps, right?

          9. Plant trees!

          According to sources, planting trees near the south and southeastern parts of your house can save you a ton of money every year. During the summer, the sun will beat down on your house which heats it up. With the trees in place, the sun’s harsh rays can’t make it to your house and that helps keep things cooler. It’s been estimated that you can save up to 25 percent during the summer months. Plus, trees look nice.

          10. Wash your cloths in cold water

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            Our last hack is really easy. Just turn the washer to wash using only cold water. Studies have shown that 90 percent of the energy a washer uses comes from heating up the water to use in the wash. If you wash in cold water you can avoid pretty much all of the energy cost. There aren’t many benefits of using hot water to cold water anyway (unless you have some seriously dirty cloths) so you’re not missing out on much. It’s been estimated that a load of laundry on cold settings cost about $0.03 in energy.

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            None of these hacks are going to save you all that much money on their own. However, if you combined all of them and keep an eye on the obvious stuff (turn off lights when you leave a room), you can save a pretty substantial amount of money. The most important thing is consistency. If you’re gong to try one of these, keep at it! It doesn’t help if you only do these things once or twice.

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            Last Updated on January 25, 2021

            What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

            What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

            It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

            If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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            What should I do today? No ideas?

            Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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            Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

            1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
            2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
            3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
            4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
            5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
            6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
            7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
            8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
            9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
            10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
            11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
            12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
            13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
            14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
            15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
            16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
            17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
            18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
            19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
            20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
            21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
            22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
            23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
            24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
            25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
            26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
            27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
            28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
            29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
            30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

            Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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