Do you want to save money? Sure, we all do. Well, then, buy a new refrigerator.
Energy Saving Tip 1
The single largest consumer of electrical energy in the home of most Americans is the refrigerator. Refrigerators made today can use up to less than half the energy used by refrigerators made in the 1980s. Another way to save energy with your refrigerator is to move it to another location. Think about the effect on cold that direct sunlight and proximity to an oven might have.
Energy Saving Tip 2
Plant some trees. It’s not just good for the environment; trees can save money. A white spruce can cut down on icy cold wind during the winter. A quaking aspen can cut down on direct sunlight coming into a room during sultry summer days.
Energy Saving Tip 3
Install an air conditioner that is situated in the shade. A window air conditioner that is covered by shade can cut electricity costs by 10% over an air conditioner that works hard in the sun. An outside condenser for a central air system can likewise benefit from being placed in the shade or where cool winds blow. Just make sure that the shade doesn’t also cause obstructions to fall into the condenser unit and damage the fan.
Energy Saving Tip 4
Once again Tesla betters Edison. Those old Edison style light bulbs are a waste of energy. Get the new swirly compact fluorescent lightbulbs that would have been the norm all along had Thomas Edison not been a jerk and a knee-biter and had Tesla been aware that capitalism equates with two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for lunch. The CFL bulbs save mucho energy over the old-fashioned “I’ve got an idea” bulbs.
Energy Saving Tip 5
Want an extra hundred bucks to spend during the Christmas season? Sure, we all do. Pull the plug out of anything that doesn’t actually need to be plugged in when you aren’t using it. Except for illegal downloading during the night, do you really need to keep that computer plugged in? If your DVD/VCR keeps flashing 12:00, you don’t need to keep it plugged in. All those devices that you leave plugged in overnight are costing you money and making fat, white guys get even fatter. Put a CEO out of business by unplugging items that don’t need the juice when not in use.
Energy Saving Tip 6
An automatic vent damper works with oil and furnace heating systems. Automatic dampers can cost a fairly good amount, but if you plan on heating that home for many years the savings will dwarf the outlay. An automatic damper can save those who heat with oil or gas up to 20% off their current bill.