Making specific improvements in your home, like insulating your walls and ceilings or making more efficient windows and doors, definitely goes far to reduce your home energy consumption. Choosing energy-efficient appliances is another way that can cost more in advance, but will save you money in the long run. Taking all or some of these measures can help reduce your monthly energy bill by 10-50%.
The above are all good steps to take, but they can not be immediately feasible for everyone. So what simple steps can you take today to start saving energy in your home, at almost zero cost and still making noticeable savings?
An extremely fast and easy way to reduce your energy consumption on lighting is to replace light fluorescents with compact fluorescence (CFL), otherwise known as energy-saving light bulbs. This type of bulb can primarily cost you more to buy than a traditional bulb, but it saves up to three times its purchase price in energy savings in the first year alone (depending on usage) and up to thirty times as many over their lifetime. In addition, CFL has up to ten times the operational life of a standard bulb and therefore needs to change much less regularly.
What is your TV for? It still consumes 85 percent of the energy it would do if you sat in front of it turned on. Known as vampire devices - left in standby they continue to extract energy from the grid - account for 7 percent of global electricity consumption.
Standby was created to support the remote control on and off switches along with features such as timers, clocks and multimedia systems for automated garage doors, microwaves, clock radios and stoves. In Australia, standby power accounts for 13 percent of total energy use, in Japan it accounts for 12 percent (according to Science Daily). Household appliances account for more than 30 percent of our total energy consumption and cause 12 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
Create your own microclimate
Passive cooling techniques such as shading, ventilation and vegetation can reduce your need to use energy-efficient cooling in the first place. Trees, shrubs and vines can create a cool microclimate that reduces the temperature by as much as 9 degrees. During photosynthesis, large amounts of water vapor flow through the leaves and cool the air. - The higher varieties of trees will shade your roof as well as your walls.
Air conditioning can be a significant part of the households energy consumption and therefore probably is an area where waste reduction can earn seriously and quickly. The best type of waste disposal is achieved by taking good conservation habits and it is safe with air conditioning to keep your electricity bills down.
Only use your air conditioner when the temperature rises above 26 degrees C. or the highest comfortable temperature for you. Always keep the windows closed and pull the curtains and shades during the day to keep the heat out. In the evening its good to open all windows and turn on windows or ceiling fans to pull the cooler air in. A dusty filter greatly reduces airflow.
Examine the devices air filter once a month and clean or replace the filter if necessary. Calling someone to do maintenance can cost up to $ 100 - this is very easy to do yourself (read the devices manual or search Google for how). The byte filter costs less than $ 10, so a double saving.
Keeping your filters clean is the cheapest you can do to keep your systems and reduce energy consumption from 5 to 15%.
Fans can make the temperature appear 10 degrees cooler, which reduces your need for AC.Ceiling fans are relatively cheap to buy and install and are available in all different styles and modes. They use very little energy; A typical floor fan uses 100 watts of electric and ceiling fans as low as 15 to 95 watts at the highest speed (which is the most effective speed to cool off). Its even smaller than a coffee maker that uses between 500 and 800 watts.