So let’s start by asking the question: how energy aware are you? Well, saving energy is a great way to save money. Although energy consumption in your home depends on the types and number of electronic devices or appliances you have, appropriate management would drive reduction and improve efficiency.
These 5 conservation tips are simple ways to reduce energy consumption:
1. Change to energy efficient light bulbs
No one likes to stay in the dark, so lighting makes up about 12% of your home’s energy usage. You can save up to 75% percent of that energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
LED bulbs are the most energy efficient lighting option and they also last up to 20 times longer.
2. Shut it off!
If you’re not using it, just push the button and shut it off. Appliances are sometimes left on and running when not in use and therefore consume energy that could have been conserved. Lights, televisions, computers, name it. Shut it off!
- When you leave the room, turn off the lights
- Turn off the TV when you’re done watching
- Don’t leave your water heater on, etc.
You can also install door handles that automatically turn off electricity and gas when you leave.
3. Reduce phantom load
This might surprise you! Plugged electronic devices and appliances still consume energy even when not turned on.
Statistics have shown that in the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. You can eliminate phantom loads by unplugging appliances and electronics when you are not using them.
For example, phone chargers draw energy as long as they are plugged in the socket. Simply remove them when you are not charging.
4. Open your refrigerator only when necessary
Sometimes, we just browse our refrigerators for the fun of it. You just want to stare at that bowl of ice cream or you crave a wink from the box of chocolate. No! Save the scan for the pantry.
Ok seriously, this accounts for 7% of the appliance’s total energy use, so you might want to stop.
5. Improve Air Conditioning efficiency
Though the energy consumption of air conditioners vary from size, to type, characteristics of your home and weather conditions, they consume more than most appliances.
Below are ways to improve efficiency while you also save some money.
- Replace your old air conditioner with an energy-efficient one
- Insulate the home or building
- Shade the windows from outside
- Service regularly
- Close all doors and windows
- Use portable or ceiling fans
- Ventilate at night or early in the morning
- Turn off other internal heat sources when cooling
- Use timers