If you are not sure how to make a difference in your electrical use, here are 4 quick tips to help you make and keep your eco-resolution to cut your energy use every month without changing your entire lifestyle:
Tip #1: Replace all of your light bulbs with LED bulbs or other every saving lights. There are energy efficient bulbs in a huge array of styles now, so almost any fixture can use the newest and most efficient technology. Don't forget to change outdoor lights, too.
Tip #2: If purchasing appliances, look for efficient models that use less energy. Most manufacturers are aware that people want to get high quality products that last and save money in the long run. By buying energy efficient appliances, you use less energy and will have a lower electric bill each month.
Tip #3: Unplug unnecessary tools and electronics. The "trickle charge" that many appliances and electronics use, even when they are not turned on, can really add up over time. Unplug items like chargers, video games, computers, or other gadgets when not in use to save both power and cash.
Tip #4: Use timers for electric lights. Do you want your outdoor lights to be on when you get home? Are the living room lights left on during the day so you don't have to enter the house in the dark? Instead of leaving necessary lights on throughout the whole day, use timers to turn the lights on and off when they are needed. Timers are easy to install and inexpensive to purchase, so several lights can be used if needed. There are models for indoor and outdoor lights, whatever your need may be.
There are literally dozens of other ways to reduce your electric energy use at home. By being creative and proactive, you will both help the environment and save yourself money each month. For more ideas, check out the Energy Star website!