2. Power Monitors – Develop a strategy in regards to what areas of your home require attention for power saving methods with a power monitor such as the Kill-A-Watt P4400. These monitors work in the same fashion as your electric company by monitoring the kilowatt-hour usage of the socket you are using. This could give you great insight into exactly how much power your devices are using in order to help you decide on energy-saving methods.
3. LED Bulbs – As popularity for CFL bulbs grew for the energy saving nature of florescent usage, LED bulbs have increased practicality as they roughly offer the same power savings ability while providing more lumens and living far longer. A standard 60-watt incandescent bulb can be replaced by one that uses 11-watts of power and living for an estimated 20 years or so. While the price per bulb is considerably higher, the energy savings, replacement costs, and resiliency of LEDs make them more ideal in nearly every situation.
4. Solar Replacements – You don’t have to spend a great deal of money in order to begin using solar powered devices. Photovoltaic electronics are being developed quite often and even smaller units are providing power for lights within the home for a low-cost. Instead of investing the entire $45,000+ in order to add green efficiency within the home, you can start with just a couple hundred dollars at a time in order to reduce your dependency of the grid.
5. Does it Need to Be On? – Your most powerful asset in your quest to reduce your power consumption is yourself. There are many habits that you may need to shed, or even develop, in order to maximize your home’s power efficiency. We all know to turn off lights when we leave a room, but what about other items that we simply take for granted such as fans, coffee makers, or even computer monitors? Sleep mode for a monitor is still using power. Push the button to turn it off.
The rules of supply and demand apply even in the world of utilities such as electricity, water, and gas. It is a consumable that could become cheaper for everyone to maintain if we were to practice more efficient methods within the home as a populace. Look around your home and determine if there is wasted power that could be better spent elsewhere on the grid.