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 your regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent’s or LED’s. Both will use less energy for the same amount of light, and give off less heat. To get the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb, a compact fluorescent bulb uses 18 watts of energy, and an LED bulb uses 9 watts. With less heat, you will be running your air conditioner less in the summer, which will also save you money. LED’s use the least amount of energy, and will last the longest, but they are the most expensive to buy. Check with your local energy company to see if they offer any rebates for purchasing LED’s.
I never had much luck with compact fluorescent bulbs. They cost more than regular bulbs, and never seemed to last as long. I have given up on fluorescent’s and now use LED’s. LED’s now come in all shapes and sizes. Not only do they make bulbs that will fit regular sockets, they also make bulbs to replace flood lights, can lights, shop lights and ceiling fan lights. Not all LED’s are dimmable, so make sure to check when buying if you need that feature.
At my home, I first replaced the lights that we use all of the time with LED’s. Now I’m replacing each light as it burns out. Eventually they will all be LED’s.
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.