You may think you know what it takes to keep your energy costs down, but we’re here to bust some common myths about how you use – and lose – energy.
1. Turn off your electronics to stop them from using energy
Electrical items left plugged in use standby power, which can account for up to 10% of a household’s annual electricity use. By unplugging electronics and small appliances can save you up to $50 a year.
Reality: Desktop computers use way more power than laptops. By switching to a laptop, you can save up to $4 a year.
2. Smaller appliances means bigger savings
A microwave can cook food much faster than an oven; in fact, a microwave will take 15 minutes to do the same job that takes an hour in an oven. By switching to the microwave four times a week, you can see savings of up to $13 a year. Try this trick with a crock pot or toaster oven, too.
3. Bigger can be better when it comes to doing laundry
Running full loads of laundry uses less energy, even if you’re already using cold water. By eliminating just one load of laundry a week, using fuller loads, you can save $30 over a year. Save even more by skipping the dryer and hanging clothes to dry - air drying four to eight loads of laundry each week can put $45 a year back in your pocket.
4. Save money with a shorter shower
Because many homes use electricity to heat water, a long, hot shower can really cost you. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30 over a year.
5. Fix that leaky faucet
If your tap is leaky, it could potentially be dripping hot water, which is using precious power to heat.
How did you do? Bust these myths around your home and see how much you can save.