You may have noticed that energy and electricity costs are on the rise, particularly in the USA. Considering the economic downturn, that can put a real strain on any household budget. You don’t have to settle for that, though. In fact, there are some easy things that you can do which will:

• Save Energy
• Save Time
• Save Money
• Protect The Environment
• Improve The Safety Of Household Appliances

A Simple Step:

One simple step to help you conserve energy in your home is to simply cook differently. You don’t have to eat out all the time, but you also don’t have to waste money, time and energy heating up a full-sized oven when you only need to cook one thing. Instead, seek an alternative, like cooking food with a toaster oven.

The Cuisinart TOB-155 is one of the latest and greatest toaster ovens around. It allows you to bake, broil and, of course, toast. In fact, you can bake a whole pizza or toast up to 6 slices of toast at a time with it. It has a lot of versatility, allowing it to perform the tasks of a large oven, but without the time, energy output or cleaning problems.

Using Technology:

Of course, you may also want to utilize some of the latest and greatest technology to reduce energy emissions in your home. First, though, you should understand some of the top reasons for wasted energy in the home. Those include:

• Faulty Wiring
• Faulty Electronic Devices
• Forgetting To Turn Off Devices
• Inconvenient Or Inefficient Placement of Devices And Switches

Computers:

Computers, for example, are a huge inconvenience to turn on and off all the time. However, there are some important things that you should know about them. Those facts begin with knowing that a computer in “sleep mode” wastes far less than a computer that is actually on. However, having your computer totally shut off saves the most energy, of course. So, you should always shut your computer off when you aren’t using it for a prolonged period of time.

Peripherals:

You also need to consider a computer’s “peripherals. For instance (on average):

• An Old CRT Monitor = 80 Watts
• A New LCD Monitor = 15 – 70 Watts
• Cable Modem = 7 Watts
• Router = 5 Watts

Those are all rough estimates that will vary with make, model and age, but the point is the same. Electronic devices can use a lot of energy over time, if left on. And using newer technology such as a LCD or LED over a old CRT can save you alot of energy.

Use Devices To Stop Devices:

Ironically, you can actually use some new electronic devices to reduce your energy consumption from standard electronic devices, like computers. Here are some examples:

Glowing Outlets:

Sometimes we don’t recognize just how much energy we waste. One of the greatest new gadgets to help with that is the glowing outlet. The glowing socket consists of a very simple LED light that glows whenever that socket is in use. The light will also glow dimmer or brighter, based on how much energy is flowing through the socket.

That may sound a bit silly, but it’s amazing how much energy you’ll save when you have a light to remind you to unplug things that aren’t in use. After all, we can’t actually see energy flow, normally. That makes it hard to control.

The Power Aware Cord:

The Power Aware Cord is the next step up. It was designed by Anton Gustafsson and Magnus Gyllensward. It’s for the truly unaware or forgetful. The entire cord glows with a bluish light when it’s in use. Not only that, but the Power Aware Cord changes in light intensity, based on the energy output.

Light Timers And Automatic Sensors:

Finally, there’s the matter of light timers and automatic sensors. These days, you can pre-program almost anything in your house to go on or off at a certain time of day or after a certain amount of time. That can be great for lights and certain appliances. In fact, it’s also excellent for those on busy schedules who often forget to shut off the lights.

If you’re like some people, though, you don’t use your lights and appliances at the exact same time every day. If that’s the case, just get yourself some sensors that tell your lights to turn on when you enter a room and off when you exit. Motion sensors are great energy savers.

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