A great way to save energy with your clothes is to dry your clothes on a clothes line instead of using your gas or electric clothes dryer. According to Pacific Gas & Electricity (PG & E) an Electric dryer costs $0.40 per load, and a Gas dryer costs $0.13 per load.* Figure out how many loads of laundry you do a month, and see how much money you could save.
Another way to save energy is to replace some of your regular incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent’s. They use less energy for the same amount of light, and give off less heat. A 23 watt compact fluorescent gives off the same amount of light as a 100 watt incandescent. With less heat, you will be running your air conditioner less in the summer. Another plus is that they last longer than ordinary incandescent bulbs. I’ve had one in the lamp by my bed for over 7 years, and there’s no sign of it wearing out yet. You might check with your local electricity company to see if they are offering any types of rebates.
One problem you might find with compact fluorescent bulbs is that most of them are longer than your standard incandescent bulb. Although I have recently seen some 60 watt equivalent bulbs that are much smaller in size.
Instead of putting you dishes in the dishwasher, and running it, try washing dishes by hand. It’s not that hard, and will save money over the long run. You will use lets hot water, and electricity. According to PG & E, running a load of dishes in your dishwasher costs $0.37 per load if you have an electric water heater, or $0.16 per load with a gas water heater.*
You can also use dish washing as family time. Get everyone involved after each meal, instead of watching TV. You might find out that you can have some good conversations with the kids.
*Assuming electrical costs of $0.13 per KWH.