The word energy conservation holds so much gravity that people usually considers it an activity that is beyond the reach of a common man. Well, that isn’t true at all; energy conservation is based on a simple theory that says, cut back on your energy consumption and makes more use of energy-efficient products and appliances. Moreover, the sources of energy which you are utilising come from the other energy resources and are less harmful to the environment. As of now the traditional sources of energy such as coal and fossil fuel are already limited.
The methods of energy conservation are quite simple, let’s just start with some basic rather effective methods of conserving energy. Always make a point that each appliance of your home is unplugged when not in use however, this measure is not a new invention but people follow it least even if they are aware. They do not realise leaving the appliances plugged for long hours when not in use not only cause a threat to environment but also add up to your expenses. Try to utilize energy-efficient light bulbs; it can cause an instant decline of about 30 percent total energy consumption. Energy-efficient bulbs are not only durable but are also less harmful to the environment.
Ideas for Energy Saving
Here are some simple home energy saving tips and ideas that contribute to making a difference.
1. Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £60 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
2. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
3. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
4. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
5. Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
6. If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads.
7. Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle).
8. A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
9. Use energy saving lightbulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £55 over the lifetime of the bulb.This saving could be around £120 over its lifetime if you’re replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.