Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Greetings! John here!
This is my very first blog post ever! I was recently asked by Curiosity Killer to guest post on occasion. My wife, C has been trying to get me to blog for months, but to no avail. Why did I agree to blog for CK? Finding "green" alternatives has always been an interest of mine. I'm a farmer that has been on the leading edge of environmentally friendly agriculture since I was a kid.
For my first post, I'd like to talk about saving as much energy as you can at home. Before you can start saving energy, you need to know what you're using it on and one way is to use a monitor such as the PowerCostMonitor. You might find it surprising what uses the most power in your home. By doing your daily routine, you can see how much power you're using by the hour. Even when you think you have everything off, you may still be consuming energy. For example, your TV is in "warm" mode, meaning it comes on faster. Your computer, if you do not unplug it, is on "stand by" mode. Even your phone (if yours is one with extra features that plugs into the wall like our fax/phone) consumes energy.
The biggest energy users are things that "heat" or have a motor. Your oven, when turned on uses a lot of energy. Electric hot water heaters and clothes dryers, heated waterbeds, hot tubs or even your electric blanket (if you use one) consume quite a bit of energy.
Some Tips for Saving Energy:
-For a hot water heater, put a hot water blanket around it for insulation. This will give you less heat loss.
-For clothes dryers, maybe hang your clothes outside. You can do this year-round, but in the winter it's a little harder because the clothes freeze dry.
-If you must use your electric blanket (if you have one), turn it to a lower setting and turn it off when not in use.
-For heating your house, lower the thermostat at night or when you're not in the house. If you have trouble remembering to lower the heat, get a programmable thermostat.
-Lighting: go to compact fluorescents. You don't have to have all your lights on. Light only what you need. Turn your lights off when you're not in the room. You get the idea.
There are many more things such as insulating your home properly or using better quality windows that can help conserve energy use. These are just a few ideas to start with.
Back to the Power Cost Monitor, when you know how much power you're using, most people can make a few changes that can save you a lot of energy and money.