Energy Saving Tips at Home
Energy Saving Tips
A lot of us were taught to conserve power as little children. How many of us are still practicing what we were taught back then? We may not realize it, but small actions like switching off lights or keeping the fridge closed can have a big impact on the environment. Sure, it’s nice to save money on electricity, but when we save energy we are also contributing to a better environment for everyone else.
The US Department of Energy says 86% of the country’s power comes from fossil fuels. It should be noted coal, oil, and natural gas will not be around forever. They are all considered as finite resources.
Energy from fossil fuels also produces 21.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide yearly — and only half of that output can be absorbed by nature. Remember, around 90% of all greenhouse gas emissions are from fossil fuels.
Need some energy saving tips?
These tips will not only save you money, they will also help you minimize your dependence on fossil fuels:
- One big step we can take in energy-saving is to talk to people who can make the biggest change — the ones who represent us.We should reach out to our President, Governors, Senators, Representatives in the Congress, and even our Mayor and city/town council. Ask them what their stand is on climate change. We should encourage the Government to use sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels.
- Talk to your power company. Ask them how much of the energy they supply comes from fossil fuels. Also ask them if they support alternative energy sources such as solar, wind or geothermal energy.
- Switch to LED bulbs. Light emitting diodes or LEDs use about 20% less energy compared to conventional light bulbs because they can last up to 12 times longer. Did you know conventional light bulbs create more heat than light? That is wasted energy. Recycle your light bulbs here.
- Make a lamp out of used cooking oil. Keep an oil lamp handy for power outage emergencies or whenever you need an extra light in your house.
- Turn off the lights. This is by far the most obvious out of all the energy saving tips out there. Make sure to turn off the lights in rooms you don’t use or in naturally-lit rooms.
- Use fewer lights as needed. Use as little light as possible without causing eyestrain.
- Make use of those daylight hours. Open your blinds and windows. Install a sunroof or a skylight in your kitchen, hallway or bathroom.
- Use energy efficient appliances. If you’re thinking of upgrading your old appliances, then be sure to consider a more efficient modelthat can save you hundreds on your power bill yearly. On your shopping trip, look for brands and models with an Energy Star rating, as well as its FTC Energy Rating tag.
- Never leave the fridge door open. Refrigerators are responsible for roughly 1/3 of your electric bill. Opening the door for too long can increase cooling up to 25%. To avoid this, do not open the fridge door until you have decided what you want. We suggest making a list of your snacks and meal plan taped to the door so everyone can see it.
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Phantom power is the energy used by appliances when they are turned off but still plugged into a power outlet. To avoid phantom power consumption, be sure to unplug unused appliances such as laptops, computers, ovens, coffee makers, and the likes. Recycle your appliances here.
Share these energy saving tips with your friends, family, and colleagues! Raising awareness may just be the best tip of all.