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However, even though you have a solar panel system installed, doesn’t mean you can consume all the electricity you want. There is a possibility that you’re consuming more electricity than your system produces and if and when that happens, you will also consume from the national grid. It’s still a good idea to conserve electricity, or use only what you need or what your system can generate, when you’re on solar power.
Ways to conserve electricity
- When it’s too hot, the air-conditioning is on; when it’s too cold, the heating is on. One thing you can do to save electricity while you’re either cooling or heating your home is to close all the doors, shut all the windows and close all the curtains. This way, the cold or warm air generated by your air-conditioner or heaters won’t escape, and you don’t have to crank up the temperature and make your temperature regulators work harder.
- Dress for the weather. If it’s cold, wear as many layers as you want to keep yourself warm. If you feel warm enough, you don’t have to turn on the heater too much. If it’s warm, dress in less layers (the less the better) to help yourself keep cool, then you wouldn’t have to turn on the air-conditioning.
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- Turn off devices when you’re not using them. Yes, that includes the air-conditioning, the heaters, your gadget chargers, TVs, anything that can be on standby when plugged in and still consuming electricity when not being used.
- Take care of your fridge. The fridge is one of the most energy consuming device in your house. Make sure that there aren’t any gaps or cracks where the cold air can leak through, and keep the fridge door closed to keep the cool air in.
- Add insulation to your roof or ceiling. What this does is that it keeps the temperature at where you want it. If you’re cooling your home, the cold air stays in the house.
- When you’re planning to cook, thaw your fresh cuts out first before cooking them. This reduces the cooking time and the energy used to cook that frozen piece of meat. Another thing you can do to reduce the cooking time is to keep the lids on the pots you are using.
- Another energy saving tip you can use in the kitchen is to use your dishwasher only when it’s full. That way, you maximize a washing session and you can save water and soap, too!
- Replace your lights with bulbs that use less energy. However, just because they use less electricity, doesn’t mean you can keep them on all night. You still have to turn them off, just so you can save a little bit more.
If you have any other ideas on how to conserve electricity, try it out. You might not know, your bill might drop a significant amount and you’ll save a lot of money!
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