Conserving energy at home isn’t just good for the environment — it can also help lower your energy bills and save you money each month. Simple things like making smart decisions when choosing appliances, being mindful of your daily energy consumption, and adopting some simple energy-saving habits are just a few of the ways you can conserve energy at home. Here’s what you can do today to reduce your energy consumption and lower your energy bills
- Turn your refrigerator down. Refrigerators account for about 20% of Household electricity use. Use a thermometer to set your refrigerator temperature as close to 37 degrees and your freezer as close to 3 degrees as possible. Make sure that its energy saver switch is turned on. Also, check the gaskets around your refrigerator/freezer doors to make sure they are clean and sealed tightly.
- Set your clothes washer to the warm or cold water setting, not hot. Switching from hot to warm for two loads per week can save nearly 500 pounds of CO2 per year if you have an electric water heater, or 150 pounds for a gas heater.
- Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it and use the energy saving setting, if available, to allow the dishes to air dry. You can also turn off the drying cycle manually. Not using heat in the drying cycle can save 20 percent of your dishwasher’s total electricity use.
- Shower – don’t bath! Baths tend to use a huge amount of hot water compared to a shower
- Limit the length of the shower (related to No.5) – we know sometimes that nothing beats standing under the shower for ages, but if you can try and keep these extended stays to a minimum you are going to save energy and reduce your bills (especially if you are on metered water)
- Shut windows during the winter. Maybe a bit obvious, but if the heating is on and you are letting all the hot air escape straight out of the window then you are wasting energy and money!
- Install heavy curtains and make sure you close them at night, this again acts as a barrier to prevent heat loss out of the home
Energy Saving At Offices
Running a business can be a difficult venture. It can become even more difficult when you consider the different types of costs you’ll run into when you’re starting up. Employee salaries, benefits, products, rental space and much more – all of these factors can impact your budget and will have to be taken into consideration when you’re creating and running your business. However, something many people don’t consider is the cost of energy and efficiency when you’re operating. By assessing the needs of your employees and your customers when it comes to providing quality and standard energy, you’ll be able to make a plan that helps you cut costs where you need it the most. Here’s what you can do today to reduce your energy consumption and reduce your costs down:
– Turn off lights when you’ll be absent for a long time, and in the evening when you leave
– Use natural light by placing your desk perpendicularly to the window
- The Computer:
– Use sleep mode with discernment. A computer on standby still consumes 20 to 40% of power when switched on
– Switch off the display instead of using standby
– Avoid screen savers that use 3D effects, as they can consume even more energy than active mode
- Printer and Copier:
– Equip the office with a multi function device (printer/photocopier/scanner in one)
– Connect all computers to a network printer and copier rather than equipping each station with an individual printer
– Use the photocopier to copy in large quantities, rather than printing in large quantities
- Portable Devices:
– Do not leave the chargers of portable devices in the socket; they continue to consume energy as long as they are connected
– The power strip is a valuable accessory that allows you to turn off all the devices connected to it at once. Be careful not to overload the power strip by always observing the maximum power connected to it
– Finally, when choosing equipment, choose energy-efficient equipment that can be identified with the Energy Star logo