The need to conserve energy cannot be over emphasized. Several calls have been made at highlighting the numerous benefits derived from energy conservation. The concept of energy conservation was developed in response to the potential problems of global warming, the need for sustainable development and implementation of a cost effective option to reduce the impacts of these problems. Similarly, this concept would make power consumers save money and reduce capital expenses for energy infrastructure on the part of the utility companies.
Here are some tips to follow in order to conserve energy and reduce your energy bills;
- Use compact fluorescent and energy efficient bulb.
- Plug home electronics into power strips and turn them off when not in use.
- Place your refrigerator in a cool position, placing a fridge or a freezer in direct sunlight or heat source can increase energy consumption substantially.
- Avoid leaving electronics in standby mode except when necessary.
- Use towel to dry wet hands instead of drying machines.
- Wash only full load of dishes and cloths when using a dish washer or a cloth washing machine.
- Allow food to cool before putting it in the fridge (but we should not let it sit at room temperature for too long as that could be a health risk).
- Use your window shades properly; make use of natural daylight during the day.
- Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
- Hang dry your laundry.
- Take shorter showers, Turn water off when shaving, washing hands, brushing teeth, fix that leaky faucet. This might seem a little over board, but energy is used in pumping the water from the subsurface and if the water is not properly managed it would lead to frequent pumping.
- Unplug your second fridge. If all content in both fridges can comfortably be contained in one, then unplug your second fridge.