Conserving energy is not as hard as you may first think. By making some quick and easy changes, you can achieve save money on your electricity bill as well as contribute to help to save the planet too. The following twenty steps should make a real difference.
1. Insulate Your Home
By insulating your home you could save around 30% on your home heating costs as well as reduce your carbon dioxide emissions significantly. If you live in a cold climate, you could think about getting super-insulation.
2. Leave Your Car At Home
It sounds obvious, but a lot of us would use the car when we really don’t need to. If possible, cycle, walk, or use public transport. This will also save you money and again aid in shrinking the size of your carbon footprint.
3. Weatherproof Your Home
Make sure there are no holes or leaks in windows and doors.
4. Plant Shade Trees in Your Garden
Shade trees are great at absorbing carbon dioxide from the air.
5. Replace Your Windows
Replace your windows with double or even triple-glazed windows to again save money heating your home.
6. Switch Your Light Bulbs
Many people are put off by energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs for the home as they think they are more expensive. They may be a little more to buy, but they last considerably longer and offer bright light and use much less energy than a standard bulb.
7. Target Your Employer
Ask your boss at work about the company’s environmental policies. Help your colleagues to stick to these policies by raising awareness of the environmental issues.
8. Do Not Overheat Your Rooms
Ensure not to overheat your rooms. Set the thermostat so that it is at an appropriate temperature for the time of year in which you are in. Lowering the thermostat by as little as two degrees in winter months can make a big difference, saving on heat-related carbon dioxide emissions.
9. Watch Your Product Purchases
purchase products that use minimal packaging and select reusable products where possible, avoid disposable ones. Always recycle as much household waste as possible through local recycling facilities.
10. Vote to Help the Environment
During the next local elections, you could vote for candidates who are keen to help the environment.
11. Keep Your Water Heater Warm
Insulating jackets which go over your water heater can help you to reduce your carbon footprint substantially.
12. Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
When replacing old or broken appliances, try and find more energy-efficient models. Also, try and recycle any pieces of the old appliance where possible
13. Maintain Your Air Conditioning Units
If you have air conditioning in your home, make sure that it is regularly maintained. Replace or clean dirty air conditioning filters, to help save on carbon dioxide emissions.
14. Maintain Your Car’s Air Conditioning Unit
If your vehicle is equipped with an air conditioning unit, make sure that the coolant is collected and recycled whenever the car is being serviced. Leaks from car air conditioning units are a source of chlorofluorocarbons emissions (CFCs) which harms the ozone layer.
15. Turn down Your Thermostat
I’ve touch on this already, but the heating of water emits carbon dioxide. Turn down the temperature on your thermostat when possible to help to keep your carbon dioxide emissions down.
16. Install a Low-Flow Shower Head
Shower heads with low-flow can deliver an invigorating shower and save you the environmental costs of heating vast amounts of water.
17. Choose Your Next Car with Care
If you buy a new vehicle, select one that provides good mileage to reduce your annual carbon dioxide emissions on the road.
18. Fill Your Dishwasher
Always use it on the energy saver setting as well as filling your dishwasher before you use it.
19. Wash Your Clothes on a Cool Setting
Use the cool or warm setting instead of washing your clothes in hot water.
20. Turn down Your Refrigerator
Refrigerators account for a surprising amount of your household electricity usage. Make sure that your fridge’s energy saving mode is switched on and that the door is shut securely.
About the Author
This article was written by Michael Turner, who is currently doing online research and development on behalf of Inlec, who are test equipment hire specialists.