Don’t you think it is important to conserve energy? Well, I think it is. Aside from you saving energy, it helps you to save money both at home and in the office and reduces your electric bills too. There are many ways you save energy at different levels of energy consumption. Simple actions like turning off the lights and unplugging computers, or turning off televisions can help you reduce your energy consumption and therefore conserve energy. You probably didn’t think the little things like turning off lights when you leave a room can reduce your energy consumption. Installation of thermostat technology is also another means of saving energy and identifying the gadgets and appliances that are drawing power the outlets even when not in use (they are known as energy vampires).
In order to save energy, there are some general tips you can use to ensure that the level of your energy consumption is minimized. This guide is intended to provide general energy saving tips only.
In the Kitchen
1. When boiling water with an electric cooker, use a kettle or put a lid on the saucepan; the water will come to boil sooner and use less energy.
2. If you want to cook something frozen, plan in advance and take it out of the freezer for a long time. Using the oven or microwave to defrost it will waste energy.
3. Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly. Your freezer uses more energy when more ice builds up in it.
4. When boiling an egg, turn the heat off early and let the egg finish cooking in the residual heat.
5. Check the seals on your fridge and freezer to make sure they are still airtight. If not, the appliance will have to work harder and use more energy to maintain a steady temperature.
6. Keep your fridge door closed- opening it back and forth lets cold air escape.
Appliances and Devices
1. Replace inefficient, energy guzzling old appliances, using worn-out appliances costs you more.
2. Buy energy star products. They cost more, but the operating costs become less in the long run. So look for products with Energy Star labels.
3. Run your dishwasher on low temperature. Ensure it is full before turning it on.
4. Run your washing machine on a cooler cycle and with full loads to ensure fewer washes and reduce your water and energy use.
5. Turn on the energy saving standby mode on your computers when not in use for short periods of time.
6. Use power strips to plug in smaller appliances and plug directly bigger appliances.
7. Disconnect your chargers as soon as it fully charged. Turn the charger off at the power point to avoid discharge.
1. Turn off lights when not in use.
2. Use direct sunlight to light up your room in the morning, rather than turning on the light.
3. Paint your rooms in light colors, as this aids reflection of available light to your room.
4. Change your bulbs to CFL and LED.
5. For security lighting, install time and motion or light sensing switches.