With the rise of new technologies almost every day, it may be hard to drown out the noise from all the advertisements around us and see what the practical option is. With prices for utilities such as water, gas, and electricity going higher by the day, the practical option may be the one that can reduce your household’s energy consumption. Reducing your household’s energy use works twofold: it not only helps the environment but also helps you cut down on costs.
We’ve rounded up some tips for your household whether you’re looking to upgrade or you just want to be smarter with your daily consumption.
Technology & Appliances
Use smart technology to save energy. This can work because smart home-hubs can turn off appliances when not in use, keeping them out of the “idling” phase that also contributes to energy drain. These technologies can be controlled by the use of smartphone apps which makes it very convenient to use. Using this technology means buying smart appliances and while this upgrade may be costly, it can pay off.
Unplug appliances when not in use. Saving energy doesn’t always mean shelling out money for a costly upgrade, and can be as simple as making it a habit to unplug your appliances when not being used. As mentioned above, appliances go through an idle or standby mode which can be deceiving as they still use energy even when not outright used. Examples of these include your computer, TV, and some washing machines.
Buy appliances with good energy ratings. The rule of thumb here is that the more stars, the better they are. Though be careful to factor in its size too. A bigger appliance may be more energy-efficient and have a better rating compared to a smaller one but because of its size, it can consume more energy than the smaller variant.
Choose an energy-efficient refrigerator. This is the appliance that will be working non-stop and because of that, it’s energy consumption tends to pile up.
Use a power strip and reduce plug load. It is said that 75% of the energy used to power electronics is consumed when they are switched off. This is handy in turning off all the devices in one go. This has the same effect as one by one unplugging each of the plugs from the wall and can help reduce that idle time your appliance may be experiencing.
Recycle your water. Rainwater collected is ideal for your garden. Investing in a good rainwater tank may be a good option for this. The greywater from showers, laundry tubs, baths, and washing machines can also be reused for the garden and toilets. Devices can be installed in your home to treat this greywater to be reused again around your house water system to your garden or toilet.
Use energy-efficient bulbs. The use of lights can add to the carbon pollution at the end of every year. Low energy lights such as Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) lights can all reduce electricity use by up to 80% compared to the more traditional incandescent lights. While they may come off as more expensive, in the long run, they can cost less because they last longer.
No energy reduction can be achieved without any form of discipline and a change of routine. While it may be difficult to move away from what we’re used to whether it’s leaving our appliances plugged in when we’re in a hurry or an old appliance with sentimental value, a little effort can go a long way in being more environmentally friendly. It’s a change that not only benefits the Earth but also us as its inhabitants.
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