July 23, 2012

Saving Electricity


Saving Electricity


Saving ElectricityBy making modest changes, individuals can conserve electricity, take advantage of substantial savings on utility bills, and contribute to sustainability for the planet, according to a recent Demand Media article published by National Geographic.
One of the easiest and most cost-efficient changes that individual homes can make is changing light bulbs from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs. A 20-watt CFL not only uses less energy to produce the same amount of light as a 75-watt incandescent bulb, but it also produces less heat and can last seven times as long.
Another easy tip for saving electricity is to plug all devices, chargers, televisions and computers into a power strip. This allows the entire strip to be turned off with one simple switch when devices are fully charged or not in use.
Electricity consumers can implement two easy changes depending on the seasons. In the cold winter months, wearing a sweater indoors could keep individuals just as warm as raising the thermostat would. In the summer months, a ceiling fan is capable of circulating the air in the entire room which creates a "wind chill factor" indoors, and makes the room seem considerably cooler than it would be otherwise.
In another article by Demand Media published in National Geographic recommended purchasing green power and energy efficient appliances, as "not all energy sources come at the same price to the environment."

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