How to Lower Your Use of Electricity




These are a few tips on how to use less energy

Step 1: How Much Tv You Actually Watch

Although this is narrowing down on one thing, try to cut down on the amount of tv you watch.

This is an average amount of time at the tv. For some people it is more, and other people are less.

Most people come home from work, turn tv on, and spend the rest of the day watching tv.

Because most people watch tv all day, it is using electricity. So try to cut down on your tv time.

Also, the average person spend over 9 YEARS solid watching tv. Those are full 24 hour days. This is also including you, if you like to watch tv. Cut back on tv time, you save part of your life, and use less electricity. if you stop watching tv, you can find tons of other things to do.

-go to the park with your family
-hang out with your friends
-build a model airplane(that's what I would do)

Step 2: At Home

To start out, there is more to save energy in your house than meets the eye.

here are a few things you can do to save energy at home.

-Lower your water heater temperature. You don't need HOT water, I'm sure you can use warm water instead.

- Take showers that are less than four minutes. Try to see how short of a shower you can take(while being clean of course)

- When you leave a room, turn off the light, even if it's for five minutes. It builds up over time.

- Lower the height of the float in the back of your toilet to use less water.

- Wash more clothes per load of laundry.

Try to think of more things you can do. Feel free to add them to the comments.

Step 3: Transportation

First of all, I'm sure not all of you can afford hybrids, so here are a few steps for car efficiency.

- Clean your car of junk. The more stuff you have in your car, the more you make your car strain.

- If you have a van or station wagon, and you don't use it to transport people, remove the back seat(s).

- If you are doing errands in your vicinity, ride a bike. Um you might not want to go shopping with your bike though, you might fall off. ( be sure to wear a helmet )

- If you need to do errands that are a little farther than you fell like riding on a bike, consider buying a used motorbike or moped. It would be an investment.

Step 4: Random Helpers


- Don't throw away plastics. Bring them to your local recycling compound.

- Buy an echo friendly water bottle, and stop buy more plastic from the store.

- Recycle all your paper.

If you can think of any more, please let me no in the comments

thanks for reading.



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    31 Discussions


    9 years ago

    This project looks awesome but there isn't enough documentation of you actually making it to be a full Instructable. There are two things which you could do. 1) If you happen to have images of you making your project you can create some more steps, add those additional photos into your Instructable and then republish your Instructable. 2) If you don't have any more pictures of you working on your project, that's ok too. That just means that your project is better suited to be submitted as a slideshow. Your images are already in your library, and you can use the same text that you have already written for your Instructable so it should only take a few minutes to create your slideshow and show the world what you made! Thanks for your submission and let me know if you have any questions along the way.


    3 years ago

    Good ideas! But you can save lots of money if... u get rid of your tv n ditch cable! Go outside and do something constructive! You'll save money on electricity + you'll b mentally and physically healthier (which will save on healthcare)!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I have everyone in my family using laptops. They use MUCH less energy than desktops and, nowadays, have comparable specs to desktops. We have some larger monitors in the house, just in case someone needs to do page layouts or photoshop work. PLEASE, everyone, get rid of your old CRTs, too. Also, LEDs use much less juice than plasma TVs. If you must have a TV, get an LED.

    creator 1MatanSilver

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It's funny, I always thought that about tvs, but it never hit me that computers waist time and energy. Good point. thanks for commenting, please vote for me, creator 1

    You don't need to stop using your computer, just cut down on the amount of time you use it. I only use it to check my e-mails, check my instructables, and of course, school. creator 1


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Dropping then water tempeture of your hot water system sounds good but the tempeture needs to be realy hot so that germs and bacteria does not grow.
    The rest sounds good.

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Water only has to be at 60˚C to fend off anything you need to worry about. And even then, it only has to be at that temperature once. So once its been run through the pipe and mixed with cold in your shower head, it'll be just fine.


    9 years ago on Step 1

    Make you kids wear socks or slippers when they watch TV so the heater can be set lower ; - )


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not being critical or anything but just telling people to cut down on TV and recycle isn't really an Instructable. I mean, it's helpful telling people to be more green of course but as some people said, it's more of a lecture. I still completely agree with what you're saying though, this could still definitely help our environment.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Not to be mean, but this is not much of an instructable. It is stating the common knowledge that using the tv uses energy.