Home Energy Conservation

Knowing Our Environment

Doing Your Part With Home Energy Conservation

Any homeowner would love to bring down the energy bills one way or another. Let’s face it, the latest round of energy price increase coupled with economic issues do not really help in improving home expenses and we would do well to focus on home energy conservation tips in order to cut energy costs. Energy conservation is also an important step in indirectly extending help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and arrest global warming. It’s a win-win for everyone involved and definitely should be given more attention by homeowners across the world.

There are basic and fundamental home energy conservation tips that homeowners can do in order to cut energy costs. Among the most obvious are turning off appliances and light when not in use. Leaving them on standby still consume 20%-40% of the power so anytime you have an appliance plugged to the wall socket, you are still paying for energy. Wise homeowners will sweep the house clean of plugged appliances before leaving for work and household attendants can also be properly educated to turn off unused lights and appliances during the day.

Another familiar home energy conservation tip is the replacement of incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). A standard incandescent bulb is 60% more wasteful in using energy than a standard compact fluorescent bulb. Likewise, bulbs of the same wattage actually differ in total lighting produced; a standard CFL will give as much as three times more lighting than a standard incandescent bulb for the same power rating. This means that switching your living room bulbs to CFL can cause you to use lesser power for the same light intensity.

Doing things in bulk is also an excellent home energy conservation measure. Always strive to re-stock your refrigerator as a full refrigerator is more efficient at cooling down your food. In the same way, do your chores in bulk such as washing clothes only if you have enough laundry to fill the washing machine to capacity. The same goes for the dishwasher and the pressing iron. Doing things in bulk reduces the number of “heat-up” cycles that the machine has to undergo. Heat-up cycles translate to energy wastage because the electricity is actually used to “get the machine ready” instead of having it do its job immediately.

With regard to the thermostat, adjust your settings as necessary to save up on energy. Home energy conservation tips will recommend up to 2 degrees C lower set point in the winter and 2 degrees C higher in the summer. This amounts to a 10% savings in energy used for heating up and cooling down your home.

There are multiple areas with which home energy conservation, in general, can be given more priority. Most homes spend up to 38% of their energy costs on heating up or cooling down. Majority of these energy leaks through windows and ceiling so investing on a good insulating window as well as thermal pads or spray foam to close off ceiling leaks can pay off significantly in the long run. Purchasing energy-saving appliances such as lower power load refrigerators and airconditioners or more efficient television sets can significantly lower your overall energy spending.

Home energy conservation requires a conscious constant choice in order to be observed but they will come back to benefit you in more ways over a longer period. Strive to make it a priority to save energy and see your energy bill go down even as you are doing your part to help the Earth be greener and more energy-efficient.