Tips to reduce power consumption and save money
YAKIMA, Wash -- If you're wondering how you're going to afford higher power bills here are some tips to save you money.
- Turn off the lights when not in use.
- Turn off your printer or computer when your not using them.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. Fluorescent cost slightly more but last seven times longer and use 1/4 the amount of electricity. They pay for themselves in less than a year.
- Use a smaller appliance to get the job done (i.e. Toaster oven, microwave, or slow cooker instead of conventional oven).
- When using electric stoves, turn burners off a few minutes before the end of cooking time and allow the residual heat to finish the cooking.
- Keep burner reflectors clean to maximize efficiency.
- Keep lids on pans to cook food more quickly.
- Don't preheat the oven except for baking.
- Use glass or ceramic cookware instead of metal and lower oven temperature by 25 degrees f refrigerator / freezer.
- Clean the cooling coils in the back once or twice a year.
- Keep freezer at least moderately full to increase efficiency heating / cooling.
- Reduce thermostat in winter and increase in summer - you save 6 - 8% off the heating or cooling part of your bill for every degree, and the us doe says that heating bills account for approximately 44% of the average family's electric bill.
- Clean air filter for AC unit monthly when in use washer / dryer.
- Wash and rinse in cold water to save on heating costs.
- Use dryer's feature to sense when clothes are dry to avoid over drying.