It’s hard to not sound like a broken record when it comes to energy conservation. Most people believe they understand the concept of energy reduction. People know that it’s important to turn off lights when not in a room, and they know not to leave the TV on when they’re not watching it. However, there are plenty of additional ways to control energy consumption without necessarily flicking the “off” switch all the time.
One of the first steps in energy reduction is figuring out how much energy you use in the month. After determining how much you pay a month in energy bills, figure out what causes them to rise. Did you buy a window air conditioning unit recently to deal with the summer heat? Do you run it 24 hours a day? These units need a lot of electricity to power, and it may be in your best interest to leave the unit off when you’re not home. Determining what electronics and appliances need to run daily and which ones don’t is one of the first steps in reducing consumption and lowering your energy costs.
Incandescent light bulbs are probably one of the biggest culprits when it comes to wasted energy. While nearly 90 percent of the energy given from the bulb is heat, only about 10 percent is illuminated light. Investing in compact fluorescent bulbs will greatly reduce energy costs, as they only use about 25 percent of the energy required of an incandescent bulb.
Most appliance retailers have started offering Energy Star appliances to further help in energy reduction. Energy Star is a government organization program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products and appliances. Anything from television sets to refrigerators can be sealed as Energy Star approved. These appliances are designed with energy consumption in mind, and can save a homeowner up to 30 percent on his or her annual energy bill.
Window treatments like shades can also help reduce energy consumption. Using an opaque color can reduce the amount of sunlight in your room or home during the summer, reducing your need for fans and air conditioners. Shades can also act as an insulator during the cooler weather, retaining heat within your space which requires less heater running.
Hopefully these tips can help reduce your energy costs. With the recent 20 percent increase in energy bills, who wouldn’t want to save a little money?