We hear all hype, save energy, save for the future, save the planet and so on. Its good to come out and talk about it, or scream about it, but we need to do something besides talking. Do you know where to start? With all the information out there its hard to understand how you can help, the mass of information is overwhelming and frankly, the price tag linked to many ideas is also overwhelming. Break it down and make it easy, heres a way to start, right now you do not have to put it off anymore.
Take some time to analyze what you do every day or almost every day, as small daily savings become something concrete for a month and even more for a year. Identify the energy-consuming tasks that are performed regularly. Make a short list to start, cook, wash clothes, wipe clothes, showers, bathtubs, dishes and so on. Write them down on a scrap of paper, a notebook or anything you can find and hold it on the fridge door. Now you have to choose one and start with it, when it is ready you move on to the next. At the beginning of my short list, cooking for two reasons we eat every day, and if we do not, we should still be the second reason why there are many free and cheap ways to start saving immediately without affecting our schedule or spring booklet too much.
If you cook, you can save a lot with some simple changes. When cooking with pots and pans, use the right size burner and tight fitting cap, to avoid lifting the caps as much as possible, the heat releases quickly. Avoid preheating the oven if you are not baking, another time it is not really required. When baking in glass or ceramic utensils, lower the heat at 25 degrees F as they transfer heat better than some metals. Use broilers whenever possible, it is more efficient and requires no preheating. Cooking just a small amount? Consider using a microwave, toaster or slow cooker. They are much more effective.
If you are on the market for a new stove you can save even more. Because your stove will be very useful, it is important to trade for energy efficiency. When purchasing a conventional range, make sure you review the Energy Guide label. Self-cleaning ovens cost a little more but they can also be up to 25% more efficient than other ovens because they are generally better insulated. In normal use, the heat is distributed more evenly and less energy is consumed. Look for oven doors that are well insulated and fit tight. The average life of an oven is 18 years; Remember the annual energy consumption of the device in kilowatt hours (KWH). The lower the number, the higher the savings.
You can take the difference and multiply it with the cost of your electricity, which varies from state to state, but usually falls in $ 0.12 to $ 0.16 per KWH interval and this will tell you how much you save per year. Multiply this number by 18 years to determine total savings, easily when we break it down.
Example: An assortment uses 580 kWh per year and another 312 kWh per year, 580 - 320 = 260. 260 x 0.14 = $ 36.40 in savings to only choose the more efficient model. Add another 25% if you buy a self-cleaning area and now you save up to $ 45.50 in savings per year, multiply that number by 18 years and now we look at $ 819.00 in savings plus taxes. The big effect comes when you multiply that number of people who want to shop smart and save money, its all about everyone. Buy a convection oven and add another 15% to 30% in savings. Now we are at about $ 942.00 to $ 1065.00 plus taxes. Big savings, little effort the right way to do your part. If we were to go one step further and multiply this number with the number of households in your immediate area and well see how it adds quickly. Could it be better? A toaster uses approximately 50% of the energy consumed in a full-size range, selects a convection model, and saves even more. The newest models of toasters have increased capacity and efficiency and are quite suitable for smaller meals or as an addition for entertaining. Using a rice cooker to cook rice or steam, your favorite vegetables will save about 20% to 30% in energy usage compared to using the stoves top method.
Simple changes can lead to significant savings and improve quality of life, as we can take advantage of the time and energy savings to choose the right equipment. We can also rest a little easier and know that we do our part to reduce our impact on the environment.