Guest Post: Save Money With Home Appliances

How To Save Money When Using Appliances at Home

Whether you are shopping for a new car or simply living day to day, finding ways to save money is probably a goal. Fortunately there are strategies you can use on a daily basis to help you enjoy life fully while also saving money. Not surprisingly, the most helpful at-home cost-saving techniques are related to conserving energy.

Electricity rates can vary from one company or location to the next, so whenever possible it is advisable to do some comparison shopping between gas and electric companies. In addition to choosing a gas and electric company that offers lower rates there are ways to further cut the costs related to using electrical appliances and other devices.

Choosing the Right Products

Nowadays appliances and electronic equipment is rated according to energy consumption. Products that qualify for an ENERGY STAR label are designed to help protect the environment, save money, and use less energy. Consumers can purchase these products with confidence that the items will be energy efficient.

In order to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label products are required to meet strict standards. This criterion is defined by the United States Department of Energy and or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As mentioned, these products use less energy than other similar products, which saves on the cost of utility bills. At the same time, because using these products results in fewer emissions from power plants, the environment is also protected.

Unplug And Save

In a typical home numerous appliances and devices are routinely left plugged in twenty-four hours a day – even when they are not in use. Unfortunately, even if these items are turned off they are still consuming energy and costing you money.

Although most appliances use low levels of energy some electronics consume much more power. Believe it or not, TVs and computers are major culprits. Besides unplugging computers and TVs when they are not being used you should also unplug cable boxes, coffeemakers, radios and stereos, VCRs and DVD players, modems, toasters and lamps.

Simplify Things

Unplugging everything that is not being used makes sense and it will save you money, but the truth is, this can also be a hassle. In fact, for most people, the effort involved makes this a very undesirable way to save money. The good news is, there are ways to simplify the process.

Use power strips wherever possible. This makes it possible to totally disconnect multiple devices with the flip of a single switch. You can also find plug adaptors that can be pre-set to consume power for a limited time.

Other Ways To Save

One of the most obvious ways to save is to eliminate any unnecessary appliances and electronics. For example, you might want to consider getting rid of an extra refrigerator that’s kept in the garage. At the very least, only plug it in when it’s needed.

Home automation is another way to save. You can use automation to program nearly everything in your home. Other ways to save include only running the dishwasher and washer and dryer when they are full. Clothes should be washed in cold water and dryer lint filters should be cleaned between every load. Enjoy additional savings by washing dishes by hand.

When you become more conscious about energy-efficient products and how to use them resourcefully the goal of saving money on your utility bills becomes easier. Using only one or two of these strategies on a consistent basis will help you conserve energy and save you money.


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