9 Surprising and Unexpected Tips For Saving Energy and Money

We thought it a good idea to give you some tips in saving energy and money. Probably you’re doing some of these already, but it’s Corner Lampalways good to get a refresher that can help through our day-to-day. There are no priorities here, just some common sense tips.

1-Put lamps in the corners

When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room brighter and with added lighting. You can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light. It’s really all about placement.

2-Laptop not Desktop

If you’re reading this post  on a laptop, you’re using 1/3 less energy than if you were reading on a desktop.

3-LCD TV

If you’re considering a flat-screen TV, choose an LCD screen for the biggest energy save.

4-Give your water heater a blanket

Just like you cover yourself with extra layers in the winter, your hot water heater can use some insulation too. A fiberglass insulation blanket is a simple addition that can cut heat loss and save 4 to 9% on the average water-heating bill.

5-Turn off the burner

When you turn off the electric burner, it doesn’t cool immediately. Use that to your advantage by turning it off early and using the residual heat to finish your dish.

6-Add motion sensors

You might be diligent about shutting off unnecessary light but adding motion sensors to bedrooms and playrooms cost around only 15 to $5o per light, and ensures you don’t pay for energy you’re not using.

7-Spin laundry faster

The faster your washing machine can spin excess water out of your laundry, the less you’ll need to use the dryer. Many newer washers spin clothes so effectively, they cut drying time and energy consumption in half—which results in an equal drop in your dryer’s energy bill.

8-Ice Tray x Automatic Ice maker

Use an ice tray. Stop using your automatic ice maker. It increases your refrigerator’s energy and consumption by 14 to 20%. Ice trays on the other hand don’t increase your energy costs.

9-Dishwasher x hands

Do not believe that doing the dishes by hand is greener than using the dishwasher. Dishwasher use about 1/3 as much hot water and relieve that much strain from your energy-taxing water heater. Added bonus: you don’t have to wash any dishes.

Source: National Association of Realtors®

If you’re interested in more tips in home savings and great home and condo prices in the Miami area contact us or call us at 305 244-4333/305 609-5095

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