No Cost ways to Save Energy Around Your Home
Lowering the hot water heater setting from the usual 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 is an easy way to save energy. 120 degrees F is the minimum to guard against bacterial growth and is sufficient and safer than 140 degrees, which can scald. For every 10 degrees the temperature is lowered, you save 3 to 5 percent in energy costs.
Set your computer to enter sleep mode after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity and your monitor after 10 to 20 minutes. Most computers less than five years old use about 95 percent less power in sleep mode than when they are on.
Unplug items like TVs and chargers for cell phones and PDAs (which draw small amounts of energy 24-7) when you’re not using them. Studies show that standby power accounts for 5 to 10 percent of home energy use, so unplugging can cut that amount from your bill. (Consolidate several standby plugs on a power strip.)
Line-dry clothes whenever possible. An average household does seven loads of laundry a week; a dryer load costs about 34 cents in energy. So, according to these figures from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), if you line-dry all your laundry, you could save $10 or so a month, depending on where you live.
Information obtained from Real Simple Magazine.