Conserving electricity serves double purpose, like reduce global warming and saving money to customer over a period of time. The following are some of the energy saving tips:
Take a look around your home or office: Any appliance that operates on electricity can be made more energy efficient. Use lights or any other facilities only at where you are. Insulating your home and changing your daily habits are also effective way to reduce electricity use.
Embrace natural light: Use natural light whenever possible instead of relying on artificial light can greatly reduce electricity use during the day. Always try to use sun light by opening curtains or doors and let the sun shine in! Exposure to natural light also increases happiness, giving you an even greater incentive to raise the blinds.
Change your bulbs: Replacing regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED bulbs is a big energy saver. Incandescent bulbs release 98% of their consumed energy through heat, while CFL and LED bulbs are much more energy efficient and last several times longer.
- CFL bulbs were the first alternative to incandescent bulbs, and they use only about 1/4 the energy of incandescent bulbs. They contain trace amounts of mercury, so they must be disposed of properly when they burn out.
- LED bulbs are newer to the market. They're more expensive than CFLs, but they last longer and don't contain mercury.
Turn off the lights: This is the simplest, most common way to save electricity, and it really works. Start paying attention to how many lights are on in your house at a given time. Be mindful of how many lights you really need to be using at once. When you leave a room, make a habit of turning off the lights, every single time.
Unplug any appliances that are not in use: It is real fact that the appliances (even small appliance like mobile phone, camera etc.) consume energy when they are plugged in, even they're not in use or switched off. The following are basic steps to save energy in this category:
- Instead of pulling 5 devices out of their sockets from a power strip, flipping switch of the strip makes easier and saves energy.
- Computers use a lot of energy, and when they stay plugged in., so shut down your computer and unplug it at the end of the day.
- Don't leave your TV plugged in all the time. It may seem inconvenient to unplug it when you're finished watching, but the savings are worth.
- Don't forget to unplug small appliances like phone chargers, kitchen appliances, hair dryers, and anything else you've got that runs on electricity.