Saving Energy 101
When it comes to trying to save energy, there really isn’t a downside. Lower energy uses means less damage to the environment and will also result in a lower utility bill. And who doesn’t want that? Here at Fieldstone Famers in Odenton, we’re all about helping you save — so if you’re looking for a few ways to conserve energy and save money, we’ve got some ideas:
Turn appliances off: It’s always a good idea to be in the habit of turning off the light or a fan when you leave the room. In addition to that simple measure, there are many appliances that are frequently missed or which continue running in standby mode, draining extra energy. People often forget to turn off Blu-ray, DVD, and gaming systems, for instance, as well as computers, printers, and other electronics. Leaving a laptop plugged in after it is fully charged not only uses extra electricity but is also bad for the laptop battery!
Adjust the temperature: With summer on its way, air conditioning can be a big energy sink; and the colder you set it, the more energy it will use! Try raising the temperature a few degrees closer to the outside temperature this summer — you might be surprised at the difference it will make. And if you’re going to be out of town, turn the A/C off entirely! There’s no point in cooling an unused apartment, after all.
Air dry: Air-drying clothing instead of putting them through the dryer can be a bit more space- and time-consuming, but it can save a lot of energy. If you don’t want to go to the effort, then you can set your dryer to use the auto-sensor function so that it doesn’t keep running after the clothes dry. Most dishwashers have an air-dry setting, too, which uses less energy than the heat-dry setting.
Watch that water: Laundry and dishwashers usually have various water settings — some use more water than others, and you can save water by switching to the lowest. Make sure not to let the water run while you’re brushing your teeth or washing dishes, keep your showers quick. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for leaks; one little dripping faucet can cost you quite a lot come the end of the month!
Have any other great energy-saving tips? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for reading the Fieldstone Farm Blog today!