Energy efficiency is the use of less energy to deliver the same service. With the increased demand for power, energy efficiency is essential to ensuring cheap, clean, secure and sustainable energy for the future generation.
This can't be achieved if we use what we have in an unwise manner. It is for that reason that we look at the tips for superior energy efficiency at home.
Incandescent light bulbs provide bright light that is blinding in nature. They drain huge amounts of energy. Instead, it is highly recommended that you use fluorescent light bulbs.
It is estimated that fluorescent bulbs use up to 76% less energy when compared to the former. Considering they produce the same amount of light but use different amounts of energy, fluorescent bulbs are a worthy investment for you.
In the case when one is comfortable with incandescent bulbs, fitting them with dimmers regulates their energy use by making them dimmer. This leads to consuming little energy.
Well, what would be a better, more efficient way of saving energy than the use of thermostats? This high tech device regulates your home temperatures to your liking. Most of the thermostats can be operated via Wi-Fi. This makes it a reliable method of saving power as you can operate it away from home.
Use energy saving doors
The following types of doors are recommended - roller doors - since they are best used where there is sufficient headroom. Roller doors comprise of steel curtains that open around a drum. Their operational structure helps save energy.
Unlike roller doors that require plenty of space, tilt doors are best suited for limited space. It is a one structured section with arms pivoting on both sides of the opening. It is efficient in saving energy. Sectional doors are made up of parts that are hinged close, the parts move horizontally under the ceiling and vertically in the opening. It is recommended that these doors are made of wood to save maximum energy.
Water heaters are used daily in most homes. They account for most of the energy consumption due to their high power intake. It is recommended to purchase an energy star labeled water heater. Energy efficient water heaters save up to half of the energy when compared to the standard ones.
Insulating your home is one of the best natural ways to save energy. Fixing open cracks, ducts and open vents by use of caulking goes a long way in preventing energy escape. When purchasing windows for your home, select the most energy efficient units.
Fitting windows with plastic films
There is a little trick behind this - the plastic film around the windows acts as an insulating material. They keep cold air out and hot air in.
It may seem pretty much obvious but this tip is equally important as the rest. During the day, it is recommended you open the curtains and shades. This allows natural light to penetrate into the house. Do this instead of switching on lights.
Switching off and unplugging of home appliances
Switch off and unplug any appliance that you don't need at a given point in time. When you leave electronic appliances such as television sets and computer monitors on standby mode, they drain a considerable amount of energy.
Run your fridge efficiently
Your refrigerator would consume lots of power on its own. It is one appliance that is always on. To curb energy consumption, switch it on when you only need it on. In addition, make sure the fridge doors are tightly closed.
Use solar panels
Installation of solar panels in your home is a superior efficient way of saving power. Solar panels can cut down the electricity usage by more than 47%. In addition to that, solar panels are safe, clean and sustainable. The only disadvantage is that they would be unreliable in cold weather.
Use wooden windows
Researchers have found out that windows made out of wood are energy efficient. Replace your aluminum windows with wooden ones. In ensuring that cold air doesn't get into the house, it is highly recommended that your door is made of solid material. This keeps hot air inside too.
Washing machines and dishes washers
When doing dishes and cleaning laundry, ensure you fill the dishes with the dishes machine fully to reduce the time you use to wash. More time means more energy used. Washing machines also should be filled with clothes to reduce energy wastage.
Purchase of energy efficient appliances
Saved for the last, this is one of the most important tips. When buying your appliances, make sure they are energy star labeled. This is the first step towards building an energy efficient world.
Availability of clean and sustainable energy for our future generation is our choice. We may not be sure of what to do to make that possible but surely following the above tips will be a bold move.
Guest post by Tanya Mayer
About the Author
Tanya Mayer is a blogger from Brisbane, Australia. She is interested in writing on various topics relating to family, home and home improvement.
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