For those of you that are washing cars and making lemonade to save money thinking, "there must be an easier way," you are right. And it involves a lot less energy. Preferably, none, in fact. The more energy you use in the house, the more money you will spend. However, as it is practically impossible to live a day without some energy, here are some tips to help you use less and save more.
Use as little water as possible and when appropriate, do not use hot water. It takes energy to heat it up, so use cold water with the disposal. Resist the urge to rinse the dishes before you put them through the dishwasher, and put them on the shortest cycle in the dishwasher.
Buy energy efficient appliances and use them as little as possible. Smaller appliances like microwaves take less time to cook than ovens, therefore they use less energy, so use small appliances when possible. Do not keep refrigerator doors or oven doors open as it changes the inside's temperature, causing it to use more energy to maintain it.
Keep your house clean suddenly becomes a lot more important when you realize how it can help you save money. Dirty filters can clog the system and make it take longer to work, thus taking more energy, resulting in you paying more money.
Resist the urge to crank up the air conditioning in the summer and the heat in the winter. Instead, use fans. Program them to turn counter-clockwise in the summer to move the hot air to the top and reverse it in the winter to move the hot air down towards you.
If you follow these tips, you can save an immeasurable amount of money that will convince you to keep doing it every year.
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