What do You do to Save Energy?

What do You do to Save Energy?

~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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My partner and I have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment of a very decent size. But we live in a small town for college and they rob us blind with utility costs! After he moved in with his huge flat screen TV and arsenal of game consoles, the energy bill went to an outrageous price.

So...we started doing things to save energy and water. I wondered if any of you guys do things like us or perhaps drive hybrid cars etc. Do you not have a problem with rising energy costs of modern living?

-For one, we turn off the lights when we leave a room.
-I replaced most of the lightbulbs in our place to be the energy saving ones.
-We shower together a lot
-We unplug appliances that we don't use

The above cut our bill by $25 dollars the next time!
11/22/2010
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Envy Envy
I turn things off when not using them. I live at home, but I like to think I try to help as dad just leaves things on willy nilly.
11/22/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I hate overhead lights, so we use low wattage lights across the apartment.
11/22/2010
Avant-garde Avant-garde
There are LED light bulbs now that are expensive when you get them, But they literally use a couple of watts and last a VERY VERY long time.
11/22/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~


My partner and I have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment of a very decent size. But we live in a small town for college and they rob us blind with utility costs! After he moved in with his huge flat screen TV and arsenal of game consoles, the ...
Unfortunately, most of the things you do wouldn't work well for me. I live alone so I shower alone and I don't get home until after dark so I leave a light on in my apartment for safety. I tried the energy saving bulbs but all the overhead lights in my apartment have dimmers and the damn things flicker on a dimmer! There are ones out now that supposedly don't but all of my light bulbs are currently working so I'm not rushing to change anything out. I also don't have a washer, dryer, or dishwasher. Luckily my electric bill is only about $35/month and I don't pay for heat or water (or to heat my water) but I still try to conserve when I can. I turn off the water when I brush my teeth (just because I don't pay for the water doesn't mean I go around wasting it) and when I am home, I only keep the lights on in the room I'm in and if I want a little light on in my kitchen, I'm more apt to light a candle than turn the overhead on.
11/22/2010
ToyGeek ToyGeek
Just a note -- the energy saving bulbs save energy when they're on, but they actually take a significantly larger amount of energy than regular bulbs to turn on, so it's best to leave those on if you'll need them on again in the immediate future.

Instead of unplugging appliances, I've done a bit of creative wiring so I can turn off an entire room of stuff completely without crawling around on the floor every time. Those game consoles will suck ridiculous amounts of power if you're not firm with them, and I hate having an enormous jumble of unplugged cords on the floor near the tv.
11/22/2010
dv8 dv8
I walk or ride public transportation so much that I rarely need a car. I'm also starting to convert most of my light to LED sources.
11/22/2010
CanMan CanMan
Yes, but if you have sex in the shower your not saving any energy. In my old house we had some energy people come out and they did a free survey on our house. They replaced all out lights bulbs with my energy savings ones (for free). But they said that this rink-a-dink water heater we had, used up the most energy costs. Go figure and I have an arsenal of games and tvs and what not. and the tank defiantly used more energy.
11/25/2010
Shellz31 Shellz31
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~


My partner and I have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment of a very decent size. But we live in a small town for college and they rob us blind with utility costs! After he moved in with his huge flat screen TV and arsenal of game consoles, the ...
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I don't do much at the moment. I don't like the energy bulbs but unfortunately the smartasses over here did away with the normal bulbs.
11/26/2010
Miss Morphine Miss Morphine
I replaced most of my lights with LED but they don't get bright enough for my photo studio so I stick with conventional bulbs for that space. I also unplug appliances, turn off lights when leaving the room, use rechargeable batteries, etc. The most dramatic savings were provided by the purchase of a tankless water heater about a year ago.
11/26/2010
Naughty Student Naughty Student
On principle for the environment we try to save energy too. Mostly what we do is try to make sure we aren't using too many lights for nothing. We don't use that much electricity, or heat. I'm almost always cold but wear layers of clothes so I dont have to put the heat up.

My guy will take long hot showers though bcs of back pain and the hot water helps reduce the pain. So we've been pretty greedy with water...but I compensate by being quick in the shower or being careful not to waste water.
11/27/2010
Trashley Trashley
I always use cold/cold in the washer and turn off the lights/unplug appliances when not in use.. so hard to get my housemates to do the same. Aye aye aye.
11/27/2010
darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
My parents don't seem to care to much about saving energy, so all we really do is use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, as well as put computers into sleep mode when we leave them.

When I lived in my apartment, I always unplugged appliances when I was done with them, except for the microwave and TV, because those were annoying to have to redo the settings on. Most small appliances I put away, anyway, since apartments aren't big enough to leave stuff laying all over the place. We also turned lights off as soon as we were done in a room.

I have heard that you can reduce your energy costs with your fridge by filling milk or water jugs with water and storing them in the fridge when it starts emptying out. This makes the fridge work less to keep the inside cold. Obviously, since it is just water, when you go shopping you can just throw the jugs in a closet or something until the fridge starts to empty again.
11/27/2010
Kindred Kindred
One thing we do that no one has mentioned yet is not flush the toilet until necessary. We follow the adage "If it's yellow let it settle, if it's brown flush it down"

We've done this for years now, although we may have to change once the kids grow older.
11/27/2010
Naughty Student Naughty Student
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Originally posted by Kindred
One thing we do that no one has mentioned yet is not flush the toilet until necessary. We follow the adage "If it's yellow let it settle, if it's brown flush it down"

We've done this for years now, although we may have ...
If it's yellow let it mellow!

We do that only at night, so we don't wake up each other up, I stay up late. Morning pee is strong smelling so we always flush in the morning, but other wise we let it mellow...unless we have visit.
11/27/2010
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
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Originally posted by Kindred
One thing we do that no one has mentioned yet is not flush the toilet until necessary. We follow the adage "If it's yellow let it settle, if it's brown flush it down"

We've done this for years now, although we may have ...
We do this too! "If it's yellow, it's mellow!"

We also try not to turn any lights on during the day, and open the windows if possible to use natural light.
11/27/2010
leatherlover leatherlover
When we moved to our apartment 4 years ago, we put in the cfl light bulbs in all the fixtures we could. We don't leave lights on when we leave a room unless we are coming back immediately. We have power strips for the tv and the computer, and turn those off when not in use. We shower together when I am home.
11/27/2010
GeekWife GeekWife
CFL light bulbs in most fixtures, unplug things not in use (except we can't do this for our TV and other things in the ginormous entertainment center we have, because our DVR is plugged into the same strip as everything else, and it needs power to do it's thing... but most of our stuff there is Energy Star anyways), LED holiday decorations... those are the big ones. We have low-flow shower heads to save water, and we shower together a lot of the time. Wash on cold except for our cloth diaper loads (yes, I'm a crazy hippie). And we're lucky to live in a house that's only 4 years old.
11/27/2010
Shellz31 Shellz31
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
One thing we do that no one has mentioned yet is not flush the toilet until necessary. We follow the adage "If it's yellow let it settle, if it's brown flush it down"

We've done this for years now, although we may have ...
I love that saying. There's also - if it's yellow, let it mellow - from Meet The Fockers.

I couldn't do it though. I'm grossed out by seeing someone elses pee in the bowl...lol.
We're on tank water here but we pump the water up from an underground natural stream - which is drinkable.
Considering we're on acreage, we're very lucky to have more than enough water.
11/27/2010
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