Energy Savings Tips … part 5!
What happened to spring? Summer is in full effect!
I cannot remember the day (this week) that this video was taken, however, the “light show” was fantastic! Staci had just taken the dogs out. She came back in and said that I had to see this. I got out of the recliner, and I didn’t notice anything different at the front of the house. She then directed me to the back of our home. I have seen “heat lightning” before, but this was special. The lightning was behind some really dark clouds. Take a look at this video.
I think this went on for about an hour… maybe more! What an amazing light show!
I guess you could say that the main gist of these tips is to avoid heating your home with lighting and appliances. Here is how you can unintentionally heat up your home without realizing it.
- Try to not use the oven on hot days. When you are ready to cook, use the stove top, use a microwave, or (my favorite) break out the grill!
- Install those weird looking bulbs in your lighting fixtures. Those bulbs, in most cases, use less electricity and produce less heat! Energy efficient bulbs also use about 10 – 15% of the electricity that incandescent (regular) bulbs use.
- Use the daylight instead of artificial lighting. Just be sure to avoid the direct sunlight.
- When washing clothing and dishes, only wash full loads. Air drying both will help reduce heat and save on your electric bill.
- Try to minimize activities that produce heat. For example, using computers, burning candles (or other open flame items), running the dishwasher, clothes dryer, hair dryer, or curling irons. Televisions and stereos can also add to the heat load of your home.
TGIF! The weekend is here. Father’s Day is Sunday… I cannot wait to have my dad and father-in-law over for a feast. I hope those whose father have passed on, can look back with fond memories and remember the good things about your dads!
Enjoy the weekend!