There is a close relation to saving energy and global warming. Whilst effort to find an affordable source of alternative energy is undergoing, we can all do our part to slow down the deprecating effect of climate change by making small changes to our life. These changes will also help us make savings to our energy bills.
Here are some household energy saving tips:
Switching off room lights whenever we leave the room is not only a good habit to inculcate; it reduces the usage of fossil fuels which is one of the main culprits of climate change.
Energy saving light bulbs use less than 80% of the energy and last 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs. Those days of limited availability of different types and shapes of energy saving light bulbs are over. The energy saving light bulbs nowadays looks as good as an ordinary light bulb.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater if the heater is not expected to be used for a while. Water that sits in your tank for a long time without use continues to consume energy.
Wash your clothes on a full load to maximize energy usage. Dry your clothes naturally instead of using the tumble dryer whenever possible. Lookout for fabric washing liquid that does not require a higher temperature to complete a wash cycle.
Switch off electrical products such as TVs, DVD players and computers when not in use. Do not put them on standby as energy is still being utilized.
Monitor your electricity usage with a household energy meter. This device tells you how much energy is being used when you switch on the television, boil water in a kettle or leave a light on. The purpose of this device is to alert you when your power consumption rises above a pre-set level.
Look out for an energy saving recommendation logo when buying new household electrical appliances such as refrigerators, televisions, microwaves and washing machines.
Keep your refrigerator fully loaded as it is more energy efficient.
Make sure that all windows and doors are well sealed to prevent any unnecessary lost of energy. Close vents in unused rooms and try keeping your home activities to one or two rooms.
Support green energy sources such as solar and wind power. Used solar energy to light your garden lights, run the pond pump and heat your water.
Using heat saver radiator panels can help reduced your energy bills as it prevent loss of heat and improve heat circulation in a room.