Optimize Your Daily Routine

 

Saving energy can be as simple as turning off light switches and unplugging devices when they're not being used. With help from Ameren Illinois, you can increase everyone’s energy efficiency in the morning while still getting everyone out of the door on time.

 

Don’t let the water run

Even during the morning rush, don’t let the water run when you brush your teeth. Encourage your children to turn on the faucet only when they need to wet their toothbrushes, rinse out their mouths or clean the sink. This discourages wasteful water usage and helps save some money on your water bill, too.


 

Unplug electronic devices

Be sure to unplug anything that’s not being used. From curling irons and blow dryers to electric toothbrushes and razors, you can protect your home from vampire power (the energy that’s wasted when electronic devices are plugged in but not in use) and give your energy bill a break. Also, don’t forget about those nightlights for the kids. Since they’re only needed at night, unplug them during the day when you don’t need them.


 

Switch to LEDs

Replace the light bulbs in your home with LED bulbs, which uses up to 80% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. This simple switch can save you up to $75 each year. Plus, you can receive instant discounts on LEDs at a retail store near you.


 

And stick to showers!

Everyone loves a relaxing, warm bath — and they can be a relaxing way to start the day. But they use a lot of hot water. Instead, use baths as an occasional treat and stick to showers when possible. A bath can use up to 70 gallons of water, while a 10-minute shower only uses 25 gallons.

There are tons of ways to cut back on your family’s energy consumption even on the busiest of mornings. What are some of the easiest additions you’ve made to your morning routine? Find even more ways to save energy at Energy Savings Center.