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Energy Efficiency-tips for saving electricity

While solar power and wind energy offer us a greener future when it comes to power generation, the cleanest watt is the one that doesn't have to be generated.

Energy efficiency is the low hanging fruit of greenhouse gas reduction.  By taking a little care with how we use electricity in our homes, we not only lighten the load on the environment, but we can save cash too.

In many parts of the world, the cost of electricity is rapidly increasing doe to a variety of factors.  One of the reasons is demand-as we acquire more power sucking gadgets and gizmos; this not only means more electricity needs to be generated, but additional infrastructure must be built for transmission and distribution.

Regardless of the reasons for electricity price increases; there are many ways to cut the costs of your power bill-and some changes will cost you nothing to implement or very little.


Tumble dryers are massive energy suckers, but if you need to use them, ensure the lint filter is clean and the room where the clothes dryer us has plenty of air circulation.  This will allow your clothes to dry faster and save electricity; as will ensuring that they've gone through a fast spin in your washing machine.  Of course, line dry whenever possible.

In regards to washing machines, the biggest energy savings can be made in relation to water temperature.  Given today's detergents, hot water doesn't really need to be used for the average load; cold water will work just fine.  Also experiment with your machine to see how short a cycle you can use and still achieve effective results.

M. Bloch

Green Living