Aug 062012

Whenever I ask this question of anyone, they always get very defensive, saying that they don’t use up too much electricity. It’s not at all difficult to not even realize when you’re using way too much electricity because of your habits. Today, we are going to cover a few ways people use up too much power and don’t even know that they are doing it.

use-up-too-much-electricityI don’t wish to blame anyone, but I see this every time with women. Have you ever forgotten a load of laundry in the dryer overnight after it has finished drying? Of course, this can cause wrinkling of a few of clothes that have been in the dryer.

But rather than simply taking the clothes that are wrinkly and running an iron over them for a couple of minutes, they turn the dryer back on for half an hour, hoping the wrinkles will go away. Compared to an iron, a dryer utilizes a great amount of electricity, which is altogether wasted when your clothes are already dry.

load-of-laundry-in-the-dryerHowever, women are not alone when it comes to wasting power with sloppy routines. Men, for one reason or another, appear to possess a one track mind. Have you ever walked into the workshop in search of your husband, and all the lights are turned on and the music is blaring, but he’s nowhere in sight? That isn’t the most crucial problem, though. What makes it worse is when a man forgets completely that he left everything switched on and heads off to do something else, perhaps even for the remainder of the day. At least, until they have to head back to the garage for something and then they realize that everything is still on.

all the lights are turned at  the garageOne thing I am guilty of, and I am certain 90% of you readers are guilty of as well, is leaving lights turned on. This may happen at night, but can also happen in the morning when you get up and turn on lights because it is still dark outside. This is a perfectly logical use of electrical energy. The problem comes when the sun is up and your house gets brighter.

It’s easy to forget the lights are turned on until you decide to go out for the day. A lot of people forget the lights are on when they are home but on the other hand, most people will walk through the house before they leave to see to it that everything is off, which is good.

lights are turn ofBy becoming more conscious and careful about our use of energy, we can do our part to help the environment and save a bit of money. Get used to switching off the lights every time you leave a room. Don’t use the dryer to smoothen the wrinkles out of the clothes that have dried. If you leave the garage or basement, but plan on coming back, turn everything off anyway because there is a good chance you won’t be going back in there for a while.
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