I've Cut My Energy Costs By Committing to Lower Our Usage with the Energy Challenge
Christina D. submitted on 07.19.11
I bought a laundry rack to dry clothes during the winter, also helps keep the humidity up so we don't have to run the humidifier.
Open the dishwasher on the drying cycle and let the dishes air dry.
Hang our laundry on the clothes line.
Un-plug cell phone chargers and other fixtures/items when not in use.
Use cold water when doing laundry.
Put plastic on our windows.
I've Cut My Energy Costs
David G. submitted on 07.02.11
1. I replaced all my conventional incandescent lights with CFLs. They last longer, are cooler, and cost less to operate.
2. I've replaced some under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen and elsewhere with LED light bars. Initial outlay is fairly expensive (but that's coming down), but the first one I installed in the kitchen is still going strong after seven years.
3. We purchased a more energy-efficient, less water usage washing machine. It's cut my water bill by 25 percent, and by extension, my water heating bill. Use a good old solar clothes dryer.
4. Weatherstripping and caulking all around. Foam inserts in all outlet and switch boxes on exterior walls. (every little bit helps.)
5. Turn off all non-essential lights when leaving the room.
6. No more standing in front of the open refrigerator trying to decide what to snack on.
There are lots of little things which seem inconsequential individually, but when all are added up, can result in significant savings. Everybody needs to look around their home and just see what can be done. You'd be surprised what can be done with very little cash outlay.
I Saved By Installing a Heat Pump Water Heater.
Teresa S. submitted on 05.18.11
I replaced my old electric water heater with a new heat pump water heater and I am saving about half the cost of heating water. I leave it on the heat pump setting and have the water temperature at 120 degrees F. Plus I don't have to run my dehumidifier in the basement except during really muggy summer days as a result.
I Saved By Turning Off Every Light I Am Not Using.
Magda submitted on 05.13.11
Also, I keep disconnecting the dryer and the washing machine. I connect them only on Saturday when I do the laundry for the family of 3 . I extend clothing on a wire and I only dry in the dryer blue jeans , towels, and bed sheets. We only use hot water for the shower and our electric bill is way down compared with the money we used to pay a year ago. It makes a huge difference. I also disconnect the toaster. It is amazing saving with the little things we do in our house to save and be able to send our son to College in 2 years.Thank you for allowing me to share this with other people. I hope it can help other people too.
I Saved By Changing All My Light Bulbs to CFLs
Lynne F submitted on 03.09.11
I saved by changing all my light bulbs to CFLs and using one night light (3 watt) only in the room I am occupying. I also use my toaster oven which uses convection also. My food cooks twice as fast with half the electricity. And I changed out my old washer and dryer for front loading energy star appliances. Next is my refrigerator and with a little help some solar panels to generate some electricity.
I Saved Over 60% So Far
Bryan L submitted on 01.18.11
I installed a Lennox 16seer 2speed compressor heat pump. Next I did a solar water heater. I changed all light to CFL's. Insulated my garage attic and garage door. I have double pane windows which i had a almost clear tent added to the windows that keeps 60% more heat out. I replaced the washer and dryer to front loaders energy star rated. also the refrigerator and stove to energy star approved.
Next projects change the pool pump to a variable speed and have the block walls filled with insulation.
My house was 10 years old when I bought it and I have had it for 4 years. My first 4 electric bills were $450.00 plus. Now its under $200.00. Can't wait to see how low I can get it.
I Saved By Putting the New Light Bulbs In
Joe submitted on 11.13.10
I started to use less energy.
I Saved By Buying an Energy Efficient Washer
Barbara G. submitted on 10.17.10
I also covered all my single pane windows, with .6 Mil thick plastic sheeting, to lower my Air Conditioning costs, and insulate my home, for cold weather until I can afford double pane windows, and storm doors. It doesn't cost a lot, to make improvements you can afford.
I Saved By Replacing the Hot Water Tank with a Solar/Electric Tank
Ed & Nila M. submitted on 10.01.10
We realized a savings of approximately 350 Kw of electric use per month over the course of the summer since installing it in March of this year. We have also replace more than 50% of our lights with CFL bulbs. Our next step is to replace our pot lights with LED bulbs.
I Saved By Air Drying My Dishes
Sherry S. submitted on 06.29.10
When running the dish washer, I turn off the heat dryer on the door and when it is finished washing crack the door and let them air dry.
I Saved By Building the Envelope Correctly When I Built the House
John G. submitted on 06.07.10
Since 2001 I have been building the envelopes of new homes using the Department of Energy's suggested best Energy Saving method of construction for the walls, along with the proven best way to keep cold and heat out of the attic, by spraying foam under the roof sheeting plywood and sealing the roof planes to the walls, eliminating soffit vents and creating a non-vented attic.
The walls are C-I-C walls as proven by testing homes constructed by the D.O.E. in these areas: Bakersfield, Minnesota, Atlanta, and South Florida.
For areas of the USA requiring cooling all I had to do is shade the windows on the east and west, while using low E windows throughout.
For areas of the USA requiring heating it is important to minimize windows everywhere. When aesthetics is chosen over energy savings you will benefit by: (1) placing big windows on South side of house and (2) using low E double pane glass windows. Tankless water heaters are used throughout heating and cooling areas.
The homes built like this have these results: 2,380 SF with 9' - 12' ceilings have total energy use of $65.00/month per the 3rd party Case Study. 3,900 SF home has $185.00 total energy use versus their neighbors 'built to FL codes' $485.00 bill or a 500 SF smaller house under more shade, for the same month of August 2009.
These energy bills are typical throughout the USA.
I Saved By Installing CFL Bulbs When the Old-Style Bulbs Burnt Out
Steve submitted on 06.04.10
OLD BULBS: Cost $1 each (at 3 bulbs / year = $3.00 / yr
Last 4 months before replacement.
NEW CFL's: Cost $2.50 each (2.5 times more expensive.
Last over 24 months (6 times longer).
1. CFL's are cheaper to install (on average).
2. CFL's last 6 times longer.
3. CFL's use 1/4 the amount of energy.
4. Less time is spent on purchase and replacement.
I Saved By Unplugging Anything Not In Use
Cheap Homeowner submitted on 06.01.10
I unplug anything not in use especially televisions or anything that uses a remote. Steady current flows so the remotes will work when you press those buttons. Since I do not use all the rooms on a constant daily basis, even my lamps are unplugged. No more programmable coffee pot either. 2 watt night lights in kitchen and bathroom also. I pull them from the plug socket every morning. I do not use the ones that are light sensitive (turn on when daylight diminishes). Face it, who needs a kitchen fully lit to open an appliance that is going to light up inside anyways.
My bill was over $125 per month (ex-husband wouldn't listen to me) and now, my new bill after divorce is $42 for the month of May! In winter months my bill is in the low $50s. I have been telling people this Unplug trick for years!
I Saved By Not Ironing Clothes
Gladys submitted on 05.28.10
Instead I hang them up and fold them right away the minute they come out of the dryer. Using fabric softener alaso helps with the wrinkles.
I Saved By...
Gladys submitted on 05.27.10
I saw this one on tv. When the family went away for the weekend, one of them turn the refrigerator down 2 levels because it will not be opened as much.
I read this one on a magazine. The blinking lights on phones, computers and other appliances is 15% of your electric bill. So, I shut my computer (and other gadgets)off completely when not in use instead of standby or sleeping mode.
I use air dry instead of heat dry when I'm using my dishwasher.
I don't put fleece materials in the dryer. I air dry them instead since they don't absorb water as much cotton or polyester.
I Saved By Recycling
Shorty submitted on 05.26.10
I recycled pop bottles and cardboard we barley ever throw stuff away unless we can’t recycle it.
I Saved Energy and Money by Making An Effort to Turn Off and UNPLUG Things We Are Not Using at the Time
Linda G. submitted on 05.23.10
My house hold bill dropped about $80. I was thrilled, so I am keeping it up. I also save money with the co-op card all the time. My husbands pharmacy bill was almost 400. every month. Using the Co-op card that was FREE I am saving $320. Every month. No way would I ever forget to check on-line for my discounts. I ask every place I shop in Picayune, and I even get discounts on gas, quickstop pizza, groceries and so much more. Now that is a savings. I love my co-op card and Coast Electric. Thanks so much, we need every dollar we can hold on to.
I Saved Energy and Money by Creating a School Green Team
Jessica S. submitted on 05.21.10
In my middle school in Wake Forest, NC, my friends and I were learning about Global Warming, and the endangering of many animal species. When we watched the movie Earth, it broke all of our hearts. So, my best friend Tyra and I decided to do something about it. Now, we have a website for The Green Teams, 123staygreen.com, and my dad, who works for Trane, is telling me about what we can do to help. Its fun, and we have had a ton of fundraisers for it.
I Saved Energy and Money by Doing Lots of Little Things that Saved Us SO MUCH
Laura A. submitted on 05.21.10
We moved into our apartment in September and started using the heat. Once we got our first large electricity bill we did a few things. Plugged the internet and TV into separate outlets so I can use the internet when I work from home without also plugging in the TV. We stopped using the dishwasher.
I Saved Energy and Money by Having a Geothermal Installed
Karen D. submitted on 05.16.10
Last Oct I had a Geothermal installed in the house. My bill went down a little but with the really cold winter we had . I am very please with what my bills were. I am looking forward to seeing what this summer is going to be like. My next move is new windows all over the house.
I Saved Energy and Money by Cutting Oven Off Early
Karen H. submitted on 05.08.10
In hot weather, I cut back on baking. As much as possible, I bake early in the morning, and then I cut the oven off 5 - 10 minutes early. As long as you don't open the door, the oven retains the heat and will continue the baking process.
I Saved Energy and Money by...
Mark T. submitted on 05.04.10
Cutting way back on electricity for lighting in rooms we are not in at the time. By combining lamps on one circuit or power strip connected to a light switch that you flick whenever you enter or leave the room. By turning computers off at night and unplugging them.
I Saved Energy and Money by...
Mary B. submitted on 04.27.10
using a shower head that adjusts from low to hi flow and drying laundry outside or hanging it inside.
I Saved Energy by Installing a Insulated Storm Door at My Garage Entry Door
Joyce submitted on 04.26.10
The door cost less than $100.00. I could not believe how much air I was losing through a hollow core door leading into my garage.
I Save Energy by Not Using the Drying Cycle
Joyce submitted on 04.14.10
We save energy by not using the drying cycle on the dishwasher,we turn it off when it reaches the drying cycle, and open the door.I towel dry any water on the base of things. I also damp dry [15minutes] my laundry and hangin the house, this also puts moisture in the air in the winter. I line dry the clothes when possible.
I Saved Energy With Insulation & Good Windows
Erin H. submitted on 04.09.10
I just paid the first electricity bill for our new house, and it's $105 less than it was this time last year. Granted, the weather was milder this spring versus last, but I'm still impressed. Our new home is fully twice the size of our old one on the main floor alone, and we had a rate increase in January. We used spray foam insulation, high-quality windows, a Marathon water heater and Energy Star appliances, and it seems to be paying off. We also installed an air-source heat pump, though it's not hooked up yet. I hope to bring you a happy heating story this winter!
I Save Energy By Discovering Our Rating
Charlie M. submitted on 04.07.10
We had our house HERS rated and dropped our energy cost by 50%.
I Save Energy by...
Tim submitted on 04.02.10
sending my daughters to college. Amazing what it can do to your electric bill... bank account is another story.
I Save Energy by Waiting Until 8
Kristine D. submitted on 03.29.10
I wait until after 8 pm or before 8 am to do laundry, run the dishwasher, etc. This has helped me save energy and money.
Looking at Replacing Your Clunky Old Washer or Refrigerator?
TogetherWeSave.com submitted on 03.24.10
Well starting this April, not only would a new ENERGY STAR rated model save you money on your electric bill but you could also score a $250 rebate!
Under the federal stimulus act, the government has allocated $300 million to the states and 7 U.S. territories for appliance rebates. But you have to act fast because the program lasts only as long as the money does.
Eligible trade-ins vary by state and the program is already closed in Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota so check the Department of Energys Approved List of Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Programs to see whats available in your area.
For even more savings, you may also want to check out the rebates currently available on ENERGY STAR products where you live. Simply use the Rebate Finder on energystar.gov to select the types of products you're interested in, enter your ZIP code, click the "Locate Special Offers/Rebates" button and the Rebate Finder will generate a list of all rebates and special offers currently available.
I Save Energy by Unplugging Around the House
Jim M. submitted on 03.18.10
I've made it a habit to check around the house to see if I've turned off devices that are unnecessarily plugged in. iPod chargers, Playstation, DVD player, the list goes on. I know if it has a light on, even when we aren't using it, it's still drawing power.
My plasma TV and entertainment center are the biggest draw.