Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Save energy to save money article. Have you done your part?

Sentuhan Bayu: I have posted this articles sometime ago. Let's read it again.

Save energy to save money.

- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
- Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.
 
"Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs."
- Sentuhan Bayu: Yes, Malaysia tend to be really hot sometime. So most malaysian somewhat invest in cooling system one way or another. One thing I did was looking for these features in aircond - Electric Saving + Timer . Electric saving is for obvious reason , to reduce the electricity usage. Timer, just set it to cool my house for an hour or 2. Then use the ceiling fan, which is also an electric saving option.
I also make it a habit to spend the hot day outside my house aka go to shopping mall. This is especially during weekends & holidays. I usually go out around 10am (after getting everyone ready), which usually starting to get hotter but still bearable. Heads towards Giant Kota Damansara, get the kids to play in their indoor playground, have lunch, do some shopping, get the kids to play again in the playground, have teatime & heads home. By that time its already 4pm, and the heat is much more bearable. Yes, we might as well fully utilize the shopping mall's cool air. Less electricity bills at home ;-)

- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
- Sentuhan Bayu: aaahhh this easy. Cheapest bulb is the long white fluorascent. Or you could opt for any other electric saving bulb.
 
- Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
- Sentuhan Bayu: This is quite tough for me since I'm so forgetful. More so with kid & baby around. I'm not sure there's such a thing of adapter with a timer. Hmmm I need to think how to get around this one. I know my TV , phone charger never got off the plug ;-)

- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

- Sentuhan Bayu: Well I think most Malaysian use non-heater washing machines. Mine included. Though most of us could afford the top loading machine, go for water saving, ya.  

- Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.

- Sentuhan Bayu: aaaaahhh we malaysian are blessed with lots of sun & heat (and the rain too). No issue here. The drying rack is also cheap. Yippeee. What i did was get the foldable drying rack from IKEA, very space saving, cheap and when you're drying anything, just fold it up. I also hang it the bedroom (remember, there's a ceiling fan?). So anything could dry up by next morning.


Question to my readers, what have you done so far? How does it work for you?
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