Here are easy ways to reduce your electricity use. You’ll save money on your Con Edison bill, and also help us all avoid a power outage.
Gadgets such as cellphone and tablet chargers pull electricity even when not in use. Don’t leave them plugged in unless they are actively recharging a device.
Ditto, unplug the coffee pot, microwave and anything else you can think of when not in use, for the same reason.
According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, such “vampire” and standby power totals as much as 10% of your monthly electric bill. And who wants vampires in the house.
Don’t just walk away from your desktop computer or laptop, put it to sleep. You’ll extend the life of the computer while you save electricity.
Also, avoid using such heat-making appliances as dishwashers and washing machines during the hottest part of the day. Use the ‘energy saver’ setting on the dishwasher to disable the heated drying cycle and let the dishes dry with the accumulated heat inside the dishwasher.
Close the Blinds:
All that sunshine, especially in rooms facing south and west, heat up the room and make your air conditioner work harder, so close the blinds or shades, at least part way.
Each degree below 78 will increase your energy use by 3-4%. Raise the thermostat and lower your bill.
Also, don’t leave your air conditioner running when nobody is home.
Clean the air conditioner filter regularly. A clogged filter makes the air conditioner work harder. Wash it off in the bathtub, and be sure it’s completely dry before you put it back into the air conditioner.
Use Cold Water:
Take a shower instead of turning up the AC.
Use the cold water cycle on the washing machine.
And drink lots of cold water to replace the liquids you sweat out.
NYCOTC Editor Evelyn Kanter visited Namibia last year, a desert country where water is precious.
Click here to read what I learned about how conserve water
These money saving, power saving tips work anywhere, in Con Edison territory or not.
This was posted originally in 2015 and is updated regularly