Friday, March 06, 2009
Frugality (Part IX): Turn it Off
I'm not someone who unplugs all the appliances, and things like our VCR and DVD player still stay plugged in, but I try to keep it to a minimum. These things suck energy from your outlets, even when you aren't using them, and that means you are paying for them. We are big on turning lights off here, turning off radios if people aren't really listening and I'm even trying to turn off the computer each night. We usually have the classical radio station playing when Yasmina is in her crib, as it seems to help her sleep. My obvious hint is that we turn it off when we get her out of bed. Doing this has cut our electric bill by a decent amount, which we can definitely use what with the laundry running all the time and such.
We don't pay for water here (we have a well, but we pay to heat it), if we did, the same principle would apply, don't keep the water running all the time, turn it off when you can. Turn it off completely (this is more because of children who don't get the faucet all the way turned off). It is a waste of electricity and water to use them when nobody is really using them and it is certainly a waste of your money to do so.
Just a quickie post this time, but I will have more later.
Make it at Home
Waste Not, Want Not
The Celery Stalks at Midnight
Use What You Have
Storing Bulk Purchases
I also have trained myself to make sure all the cell phone chargers aren't plugged into the wall when we're not using them and that we unplug the baby monitors when we aren't using them. Those things suck a lot out of our outlets.