Tips to Save Electricity--and Money

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Whether you do it to be greener, or you do it to save money, changes that make a difference come down to changing the way we live and not just buying more efficient electronics and appliances--though that helps. However, whatever your motivation, it all helps, because need for electricity is growing, and the less we use, the less chance there will be for overloading the system, the fewer resources we use now to make the electricity the more we'll have for the future, and the less need there will be for rolling black outs and other measures electric companies take that just, well, suck.

Treehugger got a list of energy-saving tips from Georgia Power, which included a number they hadn't ever featured on their site before.

Some of the ideas include:
• Change or clean your air conditioner filter regularly to maximize the unit's cooling potential. Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency.

• Keep your food covered. Moisture buildup in the refrigerator makes the air inside harder to cool.

• Adjust your ceiling fan to turn counterclockwise in the summer.

• Whenever possible, cook a lot of meals at the same time. This uses less energy than when you cook each meal separately.

• Use pots and pans that match the size of the burners on your stove. This allows more heat to the pan and less heat will be lost to surrounding air.

• When using the dishwasher, turn off the drying cycle if you don't need dishes right away.

• Wait until the dishwasher is full before running it. Partial loads can use just as much water and power as a full load.

• Scrape dishes before loading them into the dishwasher so you don't have to rinse them. If they need rinsing, use cold water.

- Electricity image by dmc.ny.