There are several things that the average person can do to save on the amount of electricity their home uses. None of them require taking extreme measures, but when taken into account, they all add up for an energy savings. Look around your home and see if you can put some of these simple energy saving tips to good use.
1. Turn off any lights when they are not being used. There was a reason your parents were always telling you to turn off the lights, right? Also, don't forget and leave outside lights on when you go to bed.
2. Use lower wattage light bulbs when you can. Do you really need to use a 100 watt bulb when a 60 watt bulb would suffice?
3. Replace all the bulbs in your home with energy saving fluorescent bulbs. The price has come down on screw in type fluorescent bulbs, making them much more affordable for everyone.
4. Unplug unused appliances. The majority of our modern appliances are in a constant state of "warm-up" mode. They draw power all the time, so that they are ready to come to life instantly when turned on. Televisions, video game systems and stereos are classic examples of this. While it may not be practical to unplug the television in your living room or den, the one in the spare bedroom should be unplugged until your next guest is ready to use it. This also applies to video game systems and stereo systems that aren't used on a daily basis.
5. Always unplug cell phone chargers, or any type of charger for that matter, until you are ready to use it. They draw power all the time.
8. Don't leave a regular light on during the night, if you can get by with a nightlight instead. It makes sense to leave a 4 watt nightlight turned on in the bathroom at night, instead of leaving a 60 watt bulb burning.
9. Turn off the computer when it isn't in use. Be sure to turn off the monitor until you come back to your computer. Don't walk away from it and leave it using power for hours at a time.
10. Walk around your home and lay your hand on everything that runs on electricity. If it isn't turned on, and it feels warm to the touch, it is just sitting there doing nothing but using energy. If it isn't something you use everyday, unplug it. It will only take a moment to plug it in the next time you need to use it, and it will help add up on your energy savings.
11. During the day, open the blinds and curtains to let in natural light. There is no point in having a lamp on when natural light can effectively brighten a room.