Easy Energy Saving Ideas

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This post was written for Change The World Wednesday at Reduced Footprints.  Each week, we are presented with eco-challenges – meant to reduce our personal footprint on this earth.  This week, our challenge was to reduce our energy usage by eating raw, or using table top appliances.

Let’s look at why this challenge exists

 

Cost of Cooking Cooking A casserole In Different Ways
 Appliance   Temperature Time    Energy    Cost
Electric Oven 350 1 Hour 2 kWh $.16
Electric Convection Oven 325 45 Min 1.39 kWh $.11
Gas 350 1 Hour .112 therm $.07
Electric Frying Pan 420 1 Hour .9 kWh  $.07
Toaster Oven 425 50 Min .95 kWh  $.08
Crockpot 200 7 Hours .7 kWh $.06
Microwave High 15 Min .36 kWh  $.03

The consumer Guid to Home Energy Savings

According to this table, it’s signficantly more energy-efficient to cook in a Microwave than an oven.  It takes a lot more energy to heat an entire oven to 350 then use a microwave oven.

Here are some easy energy savings tips that I have employed the past week.

  • Even though the microwave doesn’t cook the same way – use it for small jobs –  i.e.  a few pieces of pizza, and other small meals.   If I am heating left overs for our family, I used the microwave instead of the stove or oven.  Only use the oven for big jobs – cooking things for multiple meals (large pizzas, chicken, any type of baking, etc.)
  • Close curtains in the house during the day to keep out the light/heat to help keep Air Conditioning energy usage down.
  • Only wash full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Hand wash more items.
  • When replacing appliances, look for those Energy Star Appliances.
  • Be more sustainable.  Grow vegetables, etc.
  • Clean air conditioner filters every month – so that dust and debris doesn’t blog air flow.

 

Here are some tips I haven’t employed but will start.

  • Start a compost bin (to cut down on trash – lessening the space taken in trucks and in landfills)

 

Here are some additional energy savings tips

  • Keep your car service up to date and running efficiently.
  • Keep tires properly balanced and inflated.
  • In the summer, turn up the temperature on your air conditioning unit and in the winter, turn down the temperature.
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to get it comfortable for most purposes.

 

I talked last week about being mindful about the things we do and say to our children and our spouses.  It’s also our obligation to be good stewards of the earth.

How do you, or how could you cut down on your energy usage?

Lisa
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  1. Wonderful tips, Lisa! And thank you for that breakdown of cooking methods … how interesting. The only surprise that I really saw was that gas is equal to an electric fry pan and actually less than a toaster oven. I somehow wasn’t expecting that but I suppose, in thinking about it, it does make sense.

    Some time back, I wrote a post about alternate cooking methods and mentioned the microwave. Readers pointed out, to me, that while it might be more energy efficient, it’s very controversial regarding the safety of its use. They directed me to a great article, which I’d be happy to email to you (the comments won’t allow me to include it here). I’ve not used a microwave in years.

    Thanks, again, for your tips and ideas! 🙂
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    • Yes, you are right! I actaully thought about that before posting – but so many enjoy the modern convenience. I think it’s something about the radiation emitted from the microwave, is that correct? Ultimately, I thought it wasn’t much more than the baseline or less than you would get from using a cell phone? And we use a cell phone (Well, I don’t but most people do) than using a microwave.

      I don’t know. I will check it out and report back.
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  2. “Close the curtains during the day” – You hit the nail on the head with that one. It can get “Hot, Hot, Hot” here in sunny Florida. This is one thing that I do on a regular. Thanks for keeping us mindful of our habits and how to better save.
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    • Hey Tati,

      I don’t know how you can stand being in Florida. Really. It’s too hot and humid. I keep the curtain closed here. It really does help!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!
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  3. Nice read! One person doing his or her bits saves lots of energy. Always double check in your house for the unnecessary devices running in your house. Old appliances consume more energy and can lead large unexpected bill also.

  4. Great tips! We definitely keep all of our blinds and curtains closed during the peak of the day to help keep the heat out. We also have a programmable thermostat which helps too.
    We also limit our dishwashing and clothes washing/drying to evenings {after dark} to reduce the energy usage.
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