Whether you are surfing the Internet, driving your car, cooking dinner or running the air conditioner, you are using energy. The fact is, people rely on electricity and fossil fuels to get them through most of their daily activities.
Energy is costly, however, and its production often has negative environmental consequences. If you’re looking to save some money and reduce your environmental impact, take some basic steps to conserve energy at home, on the road and at the office.
Here are tips on how to conserve energy and save more money;
1. When you want to buy electrical appliances, look out for those with ‘A’ ratings: ‘ A+++, A++, A+ < A < B < C < D < E); ‘A’ rating is more efficient than B, C, D, E,etc.
2. Switch from incandescent to CFL; replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs is one of the quickest and easiest ways to save energy; a place everyone can start. As CFLs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
3. Turn off and unplug your electronics appliances when not in use/need; or plug them into a power strip (extension), then turn off the strip. As Electronics guzzle lots of power are used even when they are turned off (US Department of Energy).
4. Run your refrigerator for less energy use. Keep the refrigerator setting between 35 and 38 degrees and the freezer between 0 and 5 degrees. Brush and vacuum the coils at the bottom or the back of the refrigerator twice a year to improve efficiency by 30 to 50%. Fill up the fridge with water container and freezer with ice bags to enhance Efficiency; and ensure that the refrigerator door seal is tight when closed.