Use Your Devices Properly to Save Money on Energy

*This is a collaborative post.   The costs of gas and electricity are still rising, but you can save money on energy simply by learning how ...

*This is a collaborative post. 

The costs of gas and electricity are still rising, but you can save money on energy simply by learning how to use your household appliances and devices properly. Here are some tips.

Get savvy in the kitchen

The oven uses the most energy in your home, right after the dryer. If you have a dishwasher, it does, too. We can safely say that the kitchen costs a lot. Fortunately, you can save a ton of money with gadgets like the Instant Pot. For example, this recipe for Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup cooks in half the time and uses a fraction of the energy. Additionally, you can save by loading appliances properly, such as the dishwasher, washing machine, and oven.

Always look for eco-mode

The energy efficiency of newer appliances is much better than that of older ones. They will also use less electricity. So you should get new ones if they are more than 10 years old. But if you can't find a replacement, look for "Eco Mode." Eco Mode is on a lot of different appliances, like the washer, dryer, and even some boilers. Eco Mode is made to use less energy and water by changing when and how hard the machine works. So make sure it's always there.

Use power-saving features to save money on energy

Appliances like your TV are among the worst culprits for energy use. When a device is on standby, it still draws power from the outlet so it can keep running at a low level. For example, if you leave the TV on standby, it will still draw energy, so it can react quickly to the remote. Fortunately, many modern TVs and even apps like Netflix have multiple power-saving features. For instance, your TV can change its backlight based on how much light is in the room.

Don't leave things plugged in

Almost certainly, you will do this. And almost certainly for the chargers for your phones. But leaving things plugged in even when you aren't using them will use up your electricity. This is especially true of chargers for cell phones. When you're not using something, take it out of the socket or unplug it. You should be able to do this for almost everything. Some exceptions are the fridge because your food will go bad, and your smart TV if you need it to record things.

Optimize battery times

You might not know that there is a right way and a wrong way to charge your phone. For the best life, the batter should never go below 40% or above 80%. But your battery can't damage itself by getting too charged. So don't worry if it goes to 100% because the system detects when to stop. But the batteries can get hot, which hurts their performance. This is especially true of the big lithium-ion batteries that come with most laptops and some models of phone and tablet.

It's helpful to use your household devices properly to save money on energy loss. You can use kitchen gadgets, power-saving features, and charge mobile device batteries properly. What kind of things do you practice to keep your electric usage down?

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