Overconsumption of energy is not only costly but also harms the environment. With global climate change posing disastrous situations all around the world, it is every human’s responsibility to ensure they do not use energy in a way that harms the environment. Sustainability is a key concept that is a major concern and this starts from each and every household. So here are some simple things you can do to conserve energy around the house.
Adjust Your Day To Day Behaviours
You don’t really have to step out and the most energy efficient products out there in the market to conserve energy. Simple habits such as turning off lights and fans when not necessary, performing possible tasks manually such as washing dishes instead of putting them in the dishwasher and hand drying your clothes and putting them in the dryer, can make a huge difference in your utility bill.
More than half of a home’s utility bill consists of heating and cooling costs so use it wisely. Install smart thermostats that sense when you are home and away and will adjust the temperature accordingly. Ensure all doors and windows are sealed shut so that the insulation works well. During hot summers, try opening doors and windows for natural breeze rather than using air conditioning. Install solar batteries if you like.
Replace Your Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs used traditionally take up a massive amount of energy. Hence it is necessary to switch to CFL or LED bulbs that use energy up to 80% less and will last longer than the incandescent bulbs. Although the energy efficient bulbs are expensive than others, their long term benefits will save you heaps on energy costs.
Purchase Energy Efficient Appliances
If you are looking to buy a new refrigerator or air conditioner, do not hesitate to spend a few bucks more on environmentally friendly appliances. You need to look at two costs when purchasing an appliance; the initial purchase price and the operating costs. Cheaper appliances will consume more energy and will often have more maintenance costs so go for high quality, ‘green’ appliances. It will be able to save you largely on your utility bill. Most appliances have star ratings that will mean the level of energy efficiency. You need to do your research on different brands before you go shopping.
Use Smart Power Strips
Equipment left on standby is one of the most frequent methods of energy wastage. Of course you may find it a hassle to keep switching on and off equipment so you leave them on standby. Research shows that about 75% of the energy consumed by electrical equipment is consumed when they are switched off or left on standby. This can cost up to $200 per year.
Installing smart power strips will help you with this problem. These smart strips will shut down the power that comes to the equipment while they are switched off. They can be programmed to shut down assigned times so that the process happens automatically, and you need not worry about ‘phantom loads’ that occur.