Energy Saving Tips to Fund Family Fun, with Eric Stromer
Fluorescent bulbs are 20 percent of the electrical bill in the average US home. Replacing one regular light bulb with an approved compact fluorescent light bulb would save consumers $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb!
Desktop to Laptop
When getting a new computer, consider that laptop computers draw only 15 to 25 watts during regular use, as compared to the 150 watts used by a conventional desktop computer and monitor. Plus, laptops also draw just a fraction of a watt when in sleep mode.
Many of us spend so much time on our computers, and check e-mail and other services so frequently, that we never turn the things off. It may occasionally take you a few more seconds to get to work, but you'll save energy and money if you turn your computer off at the end of each day. It will also reduce wear and tear on your hardware, extending its life. According to the Department of Energy you'll save an average of $90 of electricity a year.
Low-Flow Shower Head
You've heard about the benefits of a low-flow shower head before, and that's because it's one of the quickest and easiest ways to conserve water in your home. The latest low-flow shower head models can save you around 7.5 gallons of water each minute, plus they don't cut down on water pressure and are easy to install.
Older household appliances were built less with energy efficiency in mind. Toilets made before 1992 typically use up to 3.5 gallons of water each time they're flushed. By having a low-flush toilet installed, you'll use less than half that amount of water because you can choose between two flushes options: a lower flow for liquid waste and a higher flush option (still less than 3.5 gallons) for solid waste.
Have your kids get involved in these changes. I've said it before, getting our kids involved in home-improvement brings the family closer WHILE teaching. By the end of the year your family can save a minimum of 500 dollars toward a family vacation!
Get more tips and projects from Eric at his website: www.ericstromer.com.
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