Turning Off Lights

It’s easy to think that turning off lights when you’re not in the room is a waste of energy, but a simple action can save hundreds of dollars per kilowatt-hour – enough to lower your monthly electricity bill by a significant amount. But turning off lights has many advantages, and the savings can be exponentially greater the more people participate in the effort.

Unplugging Set-Top Boxes

Most TV sets are ridiculously energy-inefficient, but you can cut your energy bill by unplugging set-top boxes. These entertainment systems often contain LED lights that waste energy. Instead of keeping your set-top boxes plugged in, try unplugging them. HD set-top boxes, for example, use more energy per year than a 21-cubic-foot refrigerator. That’s because they’re constantly on, even when they’re “off.”

Dialling Down Thermostat

Dialling down the thermostat can make a huge difference in your energy bill. By lowering your heating and cooling temperatures by a few degrees throughout the day, you can save anywhere from five to fifteen percent per year. The U.S. Department of Energy says that turning down your thermostat by a couple of degrees can save anywhere from five to fifteen percent. This way, you can save money without sacrificing comfort.

Switching To LEDs

During the first two years of switching to LEDs, you can expect to see a decrease in your energy bills of around PS2 billion. After that, LED bulbs are more affordable and pay for themselves in three to four months. Afterward, you can expect to save money year after year.

 

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