by Jillian La Rocque
Marketing & Sales Officer for the Millenia Group of Companies
Did you know that refrigerators alone suck up a whopping 20% of your household electricity use? If you want to cut down on your spending and increase your savings it is time to turn them down! The ideal temperature for a refrigerator ranges between 38-42 degrees, and 0-5 degrees in the freezer. If you have an energy saver switch, make sure it is flipped on. Ensure that the doors are sealed tight. If you want to make sure that it is as sealed as tight as possible there is a simple test to do so. Stick a single bill between the gaskets and close the fridge door; if the bill is hard to pull out you are in good shape. If not, it is time to replace the gaskets.
Try your best to only wash full loads in your washer. This allows fewer loads, which minimizes the frequent use of the washer. If you have a few items of clothing that need to be washed as soon as possible, why not use your hand instead of a washing machine like the good old days. Another beneficial tip is using the clothesline instead of the dryer as much as possible.
While you are using your computer, turn on the sleep mode, so it is less of a power drain when it is not in use. Windows users can do this via the control panel. The sleep feature on your TV can also be used so that it does not remain on all night if you fall asleep without turning it off.
Avoid constant use of air conditioners. When the weather is unbearably hot and uncomfortable, use a fan unless the heat is extreme because they require less electrical energy than air conditioners.
Clean your air filters regularly. Air conditioners have to work a lot harder to circulate air through dirty filters, which is a totally unnecessary electricity drain. Also, always ensure that openings such as windows and doors are properly closed.
Use energy saving light bulbs wherever possible, especially in bright areas where light is not necessary.
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