On occasion of world environment day, like a good samaritan, we bring you some run-of-a-mill, underrated drills to save energy that will not only help environment but your wallet as well.
Here we go.
- Air conditioner: No doubt it’s a great luxury to have and as we see the energy patterns in recent part, it has become necessary as well. But make sure you change or clean your AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
Also, make sure your AC has a rating in accordance to guidelines issued by Bureau of energy efficiency.
- Lighting: You can start with replacing standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light. It’s also important to use the right bulb. Make sure you’re using the appropriate CFL bulb for your light fixture – they come in various sizes and types for different lighting needs.
If you have halogen light bulbs, which can get hot enough to be a fire hazard, with CFLs – they use less energy and don’t get as hot.
- Appliances: Try to use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven. With your refrigerator, Set your it’s temperature between 30 and 42°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.
- Water Heating: Always wash with cold water, laundry detergent works just as well, and you’ll save 40 cents per load.
Choose the right water heater for your needs. While they may promise savings, tank-less models are pricey to install – and on-demand water heaters may actually increase your electric bill.
- Windows: Install high-performance windows, screens and films to protect upholstery, wood and artwork from UV rays while saving energy. While this may not seem significant but in reality adds up to temperature control helping your cooling system to a great extent.
- Electronics: Avoid energy vampires. Even when they’re turned off, home electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays.
You should consider a laptop next time you’re looking to buy a computer – they use less energy than desktop computers.
Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode instead of using a screen saver so it uses less electricity during periods of inactivity. Last but not the least, Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use. Many chargers draw power continuously, even when the device is not plugged into the charger. Yes those annoying TV ads do have a logic.Ensure you follow all this and let us know how much did it help your wallet. In case you need help, we at gapoon deliver solutions to help you find and install and fix energy efficient appliance for your place.