There are other things, though, that I do that most others can do to save electricity.
- Use a manual instead of electric can opener
- Use extra blankets instead of an electric blanket
- Microwave things that take a long time in an electric oven or stove top
- If you have a laptop, run it on the battery until it needs to be charged, then unplug it as soon as it's charged.
- Turn off the lights! It's been said so many times that we become numb to it, but it really does matter.
- Keep your freezer full. If you can't keep it full of food, put bottles of water to freeze to fill up the empty spaces.
- Keep the refrigerator door closed, the coils and gasket clean.
- Put the TV, computer and other electronics on power strips, then turn them off when they're not being used.
Those are just a few possibilities and it may not seem like you'd save much, but added together these things can make an impact on your bill.
Some other things I do that not everyone may be able to do:
- Wash dishes by hand rather than paying for electricity for dishwasher
- Sweep my (hardwood) floors with a broom rather than vacuum
- Use fans instead of the air conditioner whenever possible
- Make bread by hand instead of using an electric bread maker
- Use natural light as long as possible to avoid turning on electric lights
- Shower, wash dishes and other activities during the daylight hours to avoid using more lights.
- Use a minimum of electric kitchen appliances like food processors. There are many manual versions available.
If you save electricity in other ways, I'd love to hear about it!