When creating an outdoor light set up for a garden path or patio, think of solar powered lamps as an option. These inexpensive lamps require no external power source and can run entirely on solar power. This saves a lot of energy! As an added benefit, you are spared the trouble of running an outdoor wiring system. Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer. You can reduce your energy use by three-quarters if you use the internet a lot or do a lot of word processing. The laptop is also mobile, so you can take it with you everywhere. Shade the windows from sunlight to conserve energy in summer. Additionally, curtains and blinds can enhance the energy-saving effect you achieve. Both of these adjustments can help you cut back on using the air conditioner, since your house will remain cooler. You will save both money and energy in the process.
Ask your electric company for tips and advice on how to cut your electric bill. You can look on the company’s website for tool that track your energy consumption and tips for saving energy. Be sure that you take advantage of programs that provide incentives for the purchase of green items like light bulbs or appliances.
Be socially responsible, and unplug electric chargers for all devices that don’t need immediate charging. Chargers for your electronics, such as an iPod or cell phone, are always using electricity, even when they’re not in use, so unplug them when you can.