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Being Energy Efficient: Electricity

By Malcolm Rivers

Most household appliances run on electricity. Washing machines, dryers, computers, televisions, dish washers, and even the essential and ubiquitous refrigerator need electricity to run. Electricity can be expensive to maintain and paying the power company more than you have to is less enjoyable than the alternative. The easiest way to be energy efficient is by using less electricity, there really aren't any ways around that reality. But there are things that you can do to diminish the amount of electricity that you use that may not be readily apparent. Much of the electrical energy that we use is incidental, so if we use certain strategies, we can diminish the amount of power we use.

Unplug

A good way for you to avoid using electricity incidentally is by unplugging your electrical appliances when you're not using them. Obviously, when you unplug your appliances, be careful to only do so on appliances that don't need to stay on (please don't unplug your fridge). Appliances like televisions and computers can afford to be unplugged while they're not in use, so unplug them to avoid using extra power.

Power Strips

Power strips, as expected, cost you lots of electrical power. Given the number of appliances that can be plugged into a power strip, they can take up and store a lot of electricity. Most power strips have on-off switches that allow you to shut them down and prevent them from absorbing power, lowering the amount of electricity consumed. So turn off your power strips when you're trying to save electricity.

Lights Out

This is one you've probably heard this a couple of million times from your mom; turn the lights off if you're not in the room. Its so obviously rooted in common sense that it seems cliched but the reality is that when you add up the lights you leave on in your house, all day or night, and multiply by all the days you leave them on, you're probably wasting considerably amounts of power on leaving those lights on. So, turn them off and save yourself some power (and some money.)

Keep in mind that these are just some basic tips for controlling your electrical energy use. Talking to a professional, especially if your power bills are out of control, might be the best way to establish how to conserve the energy, and the money, you use. Good luck and keep saving that money!

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In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts...

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