posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 11:26 AM
Hi, back again.
If you did not see my first thread titled:
SmartMeter Usage Guidelines?
You can check it out, but you will come back here after that to either fidn out about energy using tips or add some tips onto this thread.
this is about old fashioned energy saving ideas.
I used to listen to older folks talk about the days when they didnt have electricity, etc. and I learned alot. Wanted to pass it on.
During the summer, it gets about 100 - 104 in the shade (where I live). Pretty toasty. At night after it has cooled down, I open all my windows, and
circulate cooler air into the house.
Early morning, it is much cooler. Around 10:00 am, that is when I close ALL the windows, draw the curtains/shades, and I have large pieces of
cardboard cut to fit most of the windows. You dont want to close windows too late, becasue you will end up with warm air coming into the house. Doesnt
matter what it looks like inside because I am not expecting guests. (I run AC when I have guests).
The cardboard is EXCELLENT for keeping your home cool, and dark. I also close some of the room doors, too.
For simple dinner cooking I use either propane stove on my porch outside (or an electric hotplate), this way it does not heat up my kitchen especially
if my windows are still closed.
I am sure alot of folks heard about the wet gunny/burlap sacks. they help ALOT if you have animals in cages or kennels. I drape a large burlap cover
over my dogs kennel, and gently water the cover until it is completely wet, then I lay the hose on top of it and keep the hose at a
tickle....Sometimes we have a hose misting the area where my chickens are, so every so often, I will take a gallon jug and pour water onto the burlap
cover to make sure it stays wet or damp and doesnt dry out.
when a slight breeze comes, the wet burlap keeps the kennel cool.
I have heard of the fan and wet sheet trick, but I never gave it a shot because I would still have to use electricity to run a fan, and I dont like
the idea of a wet sheet dripping on my floor or having to put a tray under the wet sheet.
A lady told me a cool tip: we wash our hands over a large bowl, we can then use that water to water a few plants. Small amounts of hand soap or
toothpaste wont harm the plants.
She also used paper shreddings or carpet remnants around her trees and large plants - it kept the soil moist and reduced the weeds.
I keep a few gallon jugs of frozen water in my large freezer..this helps keep the foods cold as possible in case of a power outage, plus it is water
when you need it during that time, since most places cannot use water during a power outage.
During a power outage, you can use a part of a gallon of water to flush your toilet.
I mention here about power outages, because there are so many times especially during very hot days, the power does go out due to so many people using
AC especially. So another very important tip here, is to plan ahead, becasue there can be the chance your power can go out during very hot days or