Start with the kitchen. Remove old items from the refrigerator regularly to improve air circulation and spare the compressor. Make meals in a “slow-cooker,” which uses 22 times less power than an electric oven.
Get the house in order. Purchase a “programmable thermostat,” which can save the average household up to $150 a year. Buy an energy-efficient pet door to minimize heat loss. Install furnace filter alarms, which whistle when filters are dirty. Clothes dryers are a “major electricity drain”; use indoor drying racks.
Get smart. Watch for “vampire power” from appliances that are off but still plugged in. To make sure that doors and hinges close with the “best possible seal,” keep them well lubricated. “Reverse ceiling fan rotation” to counter-clockwise, which “forces warm air back down into the room.”
Source: Ladies’ Home Journal
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- After Ferguson, we don't need another dialogue on race
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- 10 things you need to know today: August 27, 2014
- The government is getting into the fact-checking business. Be very, very afraid.
- In defense of Obama's golfing
- Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami
- Russia's new air force is a mystery
- How Hillary Clinton's 'smart power' turned Libya into a dumpster fire
Subscribe to the Week