How to Save Energy
Energy is everywhere. From the sun, to the wind, to fossil fuels, we as humans have been harnessing energy from every source and with technological advancements, this endeavor is getting better, cleaner, and more efficient with time. However, it is also the call of the hour to ensure that energy is saved, so that there is minimal burden on environment in terms of emissions, and the world remains safe, and flourishing. Here are some tips and advices to conserve energy simply and effectively.
- Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the AC or cooling systems are on.
- Change or clean your AC's air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
- Make sure your cooling systems or ACs is energy efficiency rated.
- Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly.
- Block the sun from overheating your home or office or manufacturing units by shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
- Insulate your walls so that it stays properly warm or cool as per your needs.
- Always keep circulation open when not using cooling systems, like keeping doors and windows open.
- It is always a good idea to plant trees to provide shade on the sunny sides of establishment.
- Use ceiling fans to cool off for less. Ceiling fans use no more electricity than a standard light bulb. Also the breeze of a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler, you can raise that thermostat and still stay comfortable.
- Don't block your air vents with drapes and furniture.
- Give your air compressor space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against your HVAC or drape anything over it.
- Heat your home with the sun's help during winters instead of heaters. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
- Always buy energy efficient bulbs.
- Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light.
- Use motion-detector lights for all your outdoor lighting - they're convenient and efficient.
- Always turn off all lights when exiting any establishment.
- Try to air dry your clothes or wet items instead of using heaters or driers.
- Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You'll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
- Dust your refrigerator, and make sure its seals are intact to give maximum cooling at minimal costs.
- Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.
Always remember, the best way to save energy is to identify the wastage areas, and install energy efficient items. This may seem costly when buying but its long term advantages make such installations very cost-efficient and eco-friendly.