In fact, it all starts with just thinking about and realizing how much energy your household uses. Where do you spend the most energy? The washer and dryer? The dishwasher? Lights?
Figure out the problem areas, and find the best fit solution. If your main problem is the washer and dryer, maybe you invest in an energy-efficient model, or start drying your clothes on a clothesline instead.
If your energy is most used in the kitchen then narrow it down to which appliances. If the oven is the culprit, make it a habit to stop opening the oven door while baking something, as it drops the temperature significantly and uses energy to heat it back up. Start cooking multiple items in the oven, instead of one at a time, if possible. With an electric oven, you can turn it off about 10 minutes before cooking time is over as it will maintain its heat.
If the dishwasher is causing the problem, be sure to only run it when you have a full load.
By focusing on where you use the most energy in your home, you can quickly reduce the amount you’re using.
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Making Cents of Energy is written & published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling
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