Saving energy is everyone’s responsibility. Yet it’s easy for anyone to forget this. People often take it for granted. Many think it’ll always be available. However, with a growing population and the rising consumption, every year adds up. It gets worse as not everyone knows how to use energy wisely.
Fortunately, it’s not too late to do your part and save energy. We list four ways you can do it without the need to do anything drastic. Bear in mind, even the simplest efforts can help minimize waste. At the same time, you can bring down your utility bills.
Go on A Hunt for Phantom Loads
Phantom loads are known by different names like vampire draw or leaking electricity. Any way you call it, devices on standby power consume a large percentage of the electricity in homes. While it offers convenience in a single click, it’s costly and a waste.
What can you do? Simply unplug the device when you’re not using it. Alternatively, use a power strip with a switch you can flick on and off when you need to use the device.
Replace Your Light Bulbs
If you still incandescent bulbs in your home, it’s time to make a change. Go for compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFL for short. It uses less electricity and lasts longer. CFLs are also more reliable. Incandescent bulbs tend to produce heat. In contrast, CFL bulbs utilize all its energy into visible light. Admittedly, it has a higher price tag at the start. However, you can recoup your investment in less than a year.
Use Less Hot Water
Water heaters can account for a third of your utility bill. If possible, maintain your hot water temperature at 120 degrees. This can produce satisfactory heat to cover showers, laundry, dishwashing, and cooking. In addition, the prescribed temperature can prevent accidental burns.
Beef Up Your Home’s Insulation
Keeping your home warm in winter and staying cool in the summer can take up a lot of energy. Yet it becomes inefficient when the insulation in your home is substandard. When this happens, then you end up using more energy to compensate. Be sure to check your walls and floors to keep this from happening. Pay close attention to your attic as well. By doing so, you can expect better efficiency in your home.
You can do your share and save energy to help yourself and the environment.