It benefits everyone and everything in this world if you save energy. For you, it means less money paid for the bills. For the environment, it means less harmful emissions. For the earth, it means less natural resources being used.
Saving energy is simple, you can do it effectively without much investment. No DIY experience needed, here is a list of 5 ideas to start your win-win energy plan.
Celsius Degree At A Time
In the summer, stay cool in an air conditioned room is a bliss. However, do not overuse it by keeping the temperature too low. Turning your air conditioner up by 1 Celsius degree can save as much as 85 dollars a year. Moreover, it will ease down the effects of the temperature shock you may receive once you step out of the room.
Keeping the temperature constantly at a reasonable rate saves more money than switching it up and down. When sleeping at night, use the timer settings to protect your health in your sleep, as well as save you money.
Are There Phantoms Looting Around?
Appliances and electronic devices in fact still consume energy in their off mode. There is a term for it, which is “Phantom load”. In any home, 75 percent of the electricity is spent while products are in rest, claimed by the American Department of Energy.
Eliminate these phantom loads by unplugging appliances and electronic devices when you are not using them. It would also be wise to remove batteries in cordless devices so that the batteries will always be up to it when you need them.
Invest A Little Now For Long-Term Saving
A lot of energy is wasted through windows that are leaky, old ducts, appliances or inefficient cooling/heating systems. This means a lot of money in the electrical bills are spent for nothing. Cut this amount by 25 percent by using more efficient and energy-saving appliances.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star label on products ensures 10 to 50 percent energy efficiency. They may be a little more pricey, but in the long term, they will make up for that additional cost by saving your energy and lessening your bills.
For example, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) saves 30 dollars in its lifetime by using 75 percent less energy. It lasts 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb and pays for itself in just 6 months.
Even better, these Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs do not release mercury, which means fewer mercury emissions for the environment. They also lessen the needs for electricity from power plants that emit mercury.
You should also look for any small gaps or cracks where air can leak out in the house. By doing this, you may save 10 percent of the annual energy bill. It would be effective just by tackling all windows and doors. If the task is too daunting for you, there are energy auditors for hire, who will quickly find problematic areas in your house for you.
Take another step and completely trade your thin window glass for storm windows. These heavy duty windows reduce temperature loss by preventing leaks, while creating an empty airspace between window panes, effectively isolate your house from outside temperatures. The installation costs quite a bit, from 8000 dollars to 10000 dollars, or even more, but they will pay themselves in just 10 years.
In case new storm windows is not an option for you, compromise by covering your windows with bubble wrap or other transparent material to reduce heat loss and improve insulation.
Water heating is pretty energy consuming, in fact, it is the 3rd largest factor that contributes to your energy bills. 120 Fahrenheit degree is the most ideal for bathing uses.
To conserve more water, simply take faster showers. When you use water for dish washing, clothes washing or cooking, be aware of the amount of water you use, and turn the valve off when not needed. Avoid pre-rinsing the dishes in the dishwasher. Save more by scraping over the dishes before putting them in the dish washing machine. Also, air-dry your laundry whenever you can. They will smell better, without taking up much water and energy.
Install Better Insulation
If you have your insulation system installed in the 1970s or 1980s, they may be outdated. This ineffective system may waste 25 percent of the energy spent.
Now, there are government funded grants for home insulation. You could apply for free cavity wall or loft plan. Also, pay some mind to the attic, walls, floors and ceilings. Getting the grants could save you 15 percent on the bills, which equals to 140 dollars annually.
Simple steps to save energy at home
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