Energy-Saving Tips Everybody Can Do Right Now

Electricity bill is made up of two different expenses: fixed charges or the base fee for having electric connection and variable charges which depend on how you use the electricity. You cannot do anything to reduce fixed charges because the amount is pre-determined by retailer/contractor but you can start implementing energy-efficient life at home with the following tips.

  • Turn off your computers when you are not using them: as suggested by the Department of Energy, turn off the monitor if you are not going to use the computer again for more than 20 minutes. When you will not use the computer again for at least 2 hours, turn of both the CPU and monitor.

  • Unplug your appliances: shutting down the computer is good, but it is best when you also unplug the power to prevent energy vampires. All other electric appliances actually draw power, albeit small, when plugged (even when you turn it off). The power is used for standby mode, so they are ready when you press the remote controls. TV, game consoles, speakers, and other multimedia devices should be unplugged when not in use.

  • Use energy-efficient charger: many modern mobile devices including smartphones, laptop, and tablets use rechargeable batteries. If possible, use an advanced recharger that cuts off the power when the batteries are full.

  • Use LED lights: there can be more than a couple dozen of lamps in your home. To save energy without losing efficiency, use LED lights or bulbs.

Replacing all incandescent or CFL bulbs (when they are still in working conditions) can cost good amount of money indeed; however, LED lights should pay for themselves pretty quickly. Your next electric bill is good indicator of how much you have saved and will save in the future. In fact, replacement of lamps alone can give considerable saving.

Why LED Lamp is Better

In every LED lamp, the light is generated as an electrical current passes through semiconductor material. The light source is very small yet it can generate excellent illumination, and this is why LED is energy-efficient.

LED light is directional, which means it emits light in certain direction only instead of in all direction. Complex engineering is required to make it behave like incandescent lamp without reducing efficiency. This is also the reason LED is not as cheap as its incandescent and CFL counterparts. Another good thing is that LED has a heat sink to absorb heat produced from the light and dissipate it into the environment.

Another attractive feature is that an LED lamp can work for over 50000 hours without replacement. Some LEDs from some led bulb manufacturers that even last for 60000 hours and more.