1. Use Power Strips
Power strips (aka surge protectors) are ideal when it comes to powering off excessive devices and plugs. Some energy hogs (Like PC desktops) never really “turn off” when you turn off their switch. Plug them into a power strip, then just flip that strip off, and all those hungry devices will stop eating energy simultaneously.
2. Unplug Unused Chargers
Cell phone and battery chargers that are plugged in but not in use are often referred to as energy vampires. Alone, one charger won’t make much impact, but collectively energy vampires can be responsible for 10% of your energy bill.
3. Go Old School – with a Clothesline
In the days of old, when smart watches were sci-fi, you saw clotheslines everywhere. The logic is simple: reducing electricity usage! The less electricity you rely on, the more of an efficient, cost-saving person you’ll become!
4. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs
Light bulbs are among the most energy hungry things people use. They don’t use a lot of electricity on their own but when you have half a dozen lights on things start adding up. Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs use up to 75% less energy. That means every four days a CFL bulb is on it uses as much energy as a regular light bulb does for one.
5. Upgrade your water heater
If you have an older water heater, you may be using more power than you think. The power it takes to heat the water heater adds up and it’s something you use every day. Energy efficient water heaters can save you money in the long run by being more efficient in producing hot water.