Energy is one of the crucial topics if modern civilization, but most people may not understand how it is easy to make their homes run on less energy. Energy conservation is a major step to surviving as a race of species. Becoming more energy efficient is the inexpensive and fastest way to conserving energy which will cut down energy bills and reduce carbon pollution. Since we are facing a global crisis in different energy sources, we need to be careful about the way and the amount of energy we use. Below are some energy conservation tips you should know;
Install a tank-less water heater
Water heaters providing hot water only when it is needed save on energy use. With traditional storage water heaters, there is standby hot water which means there is standby energy loss to keep the water warm. Tank-less water heaters heat water directly while it is needed without the use of a storage tank. On the merit, tank-less water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water, no need waiting for a storage container to fill up with enough water.
Install efficient shower-heads and toilets
Efficient shower-heads and toilets consume the minimum possible energy. Here are examples of systems you can install;
- Low-flow toilets – toilets consume the most amount of water used in homes. Replacing the older 3.5-gallon toilet with a modern 1.6-gallon toilet will reduce total gallons per flush. Low-flow toilets normally have 1.6 GPF marked inside the tank or the bowl behind the seat.
- Low-flow shower-heads – available in different flow rates. Some have pause buttons to shut off the water while the bather lathers up.
- Dual flush toilets – they give you an option of selecting either a 1-gallon flush for liquid waste or a 1.6 gallon for solid waste. They reduce water consumption by an additional 30% and hence saves on energy.
Replace incandescent lights
Traditional incandescent lights consume excess energy, yet they only convert about 10% of it to light, while the rest becomes heat. Investing in using modern lighting technologies such as light-emitting diodes and compact fluorescent lamps which consume less energy and converts over 50% to 75% of it to light can reduce energy consumption in your home by higher margins.
Seal and insulate your home
Making a home more comfortable and energy-efficient can easily be effected through sealing and insulating the home. A tightly sealed home improves indoor air quality and comfort while reducing utility bills. Some the areas you need to check up and seal leakages include electrical receptacles, around pipes and wires, attic hatches, window frames, mail slots, window frames, etc. Since hot air rises, making maintenance and repairs to the attics will save money on cooling and heating by preventing internal heat from escaping the house.
Cooking appliances consume enormous amounts of energy. Here are some less wasteful ways of cooking;
- Microwave ovens consume less than about 80% of energy as compared to conventional ovens.
- Pressure cookers reduce cooking time dramatically.
- Cover heating elements on flames ensure fast cooking and hence saving on energy.
- Place food on the top rack when using conventional ovens as the top rack is hotter hence, will cook faster.