Ways To Reduce Energy Consumption in the Household
By Space Coast Daily // February 13, 2020
Nowadays, people are becoming more concerned about saving the environment. Many initiatives have been commenced to protect mother nature.
This includes planting trees, coastal clean-ups, actively participating in saving endangered species, resorting to a zero-waste lifestyle, and sponsoring organizations that aim to protect the environment.
One can participate in a lot of environmental-friendly initiatives and activities. However, you do not have to go far if you want to participate. One of the many ways to help is by also saving on energy consumption in our households.
In conserving energy in our household, we are not only helping and participating in saving the environment. We are also saving a lot of cash in paying utility bills.
In this article, we will be sharing with you a few things you can do in your households to help in saving the earth and in saving on your utility payables.
Use energy-efficient light bulbs
Use light bulbs that do not use a lot of energy and those that do not need to be replaced often. The most energy-efficient light bulbs are compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, and light-emitting diode bulbs, or LED bulbs.
These bulbs are usually more expensive upon purchase. However, these are guaranteed to help you save more on energy consumption and money in the long run since these types of bulbs use 25-80% less energy and lasts three to twenty-five times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
These are nature-friendly and pocket-friendly alternatives for light bulbs.
Purchase energy-efficient appliances
Appliances usually occupy the majority of the energy consumption in a household. When you purchase appliances, see also its annual operating cost other than its purchase price.
Energy-efficient appliances usually incur operating expenses that are 9-25% lower than standard devices. You can confirm this by computing and comparing your electricity bill from your local electricity supplier, for instance, by comparing Eligo Energy Prices when using energy-efficient appliances vis-a-vis when using conventional machines.
Shutdown your computers, TVs and other appliances when not in use
Power down by turning off household appliances that are not in use. This simple step will save you energy by half.
When not using your computer, instead of leaving it in the screensaver, turn the monitor off, or perhaps shut it down. The same goes for TV and other appliances, like the air conditioning unit, if no one is around to use it, turn it off.
Use a power strip
One source of energy waste is what we call, phantom loads. This is electricity used by electronics when they are turned off or in standby mode.
To prevent phantom energy loss, opt to use power strips, which allow you to shut off power to electronics when not in use.
Using a power strip has the same effect as unplugging unused devices. Some power strips can be turned off at an assigned time, through remote switches and the like.
Turn off lights
We can not stress this enough. Please switch off the lights, especially when it is not essential in your activities.
For instance, when you are going to bed, turn the lights off since you won’t be needing the lights on when you are fast asleep. Also, if it is day time, turn off all lights and allow the natural light illuminate your house.
Switch to solar motion-sensor outdoor lights
When installing outdoor lights, opt for those solar-powered lights with motion-sensor or photocell features. It saves more energy since it derives power from the sun through its solar panels, plus, it automatically turns off when not in use.
Insulate your home
Insulate your home in a way that will keep your house warm during winter and cold enough during the hot summer days. Consult an expert on the type of heat level resistance that is suitable for your home.
Heat resistance and level of insulation usually vary depending on the area where your house is located.
Saving energy consumption is beneficial for a lot of reasons, like saving money and protecting the environment. No matter what your motivation is for conserving energy, it can not be denied that we reap a lot of benefits by doing so.
We begin an energy-efficient household by also changing our lifestyles. We can start by applying and adopting the ways mentioned above in conserving energy.
Also, by changing the little things in our everyday activities, we can conserve energy and help both mother nature and our pockets.
Perhaps, instead of ironing our clothes every day, we can set a schedule of ironing clothes and have them done once or twice a week.
Another is, perhaps, if the weather is not cold, we can reduce the temperature on heating machines or maybe turn it off if possible.
There are countless ways we can conserve energy in our households if we only set our minds to reducing our consumption.
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