Posted on April 8, 2013

Conserve Energy At Home

We all know that it’s important to save energy. In fact it’s been impossible to ignore the headlines telling us to do our bit for the environment, reduce our carbon footprint, and adopt a greener lifestyle and so on. But how many of us save energy? Energy management is the process of monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy in a building or organization. Conserving energy in your home is easier than you think. If you make small changes over time, you can trim unnecessary energy usage and lower your family’s carbon footprint.

Most of us are not used to thinking about how we use the energy that powers our homes. But simple changes to your daily habits can have a huge effect on the gas and electricity bills that drop through your door. Saving energy is part of going green; by adjusting your habits and home layouts, you can reduce energy consumption immediately. There are plenty of ways to save energy that won’t affect your lifestyle. The energy saving tips and information provided below are designed to help you control the impact of rising energy bills without affecting your lifestyle.

Manage Temperature

To save energy in an apartment, manage the heating and cooling. Make sure you are not wasting air conditioning or heating by using insulated drapes and adding caulking to windows and doors. Turn down the thermostat at night and when you are at work to conserve energy and save on the electricity, gas or oil bill.

Change Lighting

One of the easiest ways to save energy in an apartment or house is to replace standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. CFLs use 75% less energy; they also have a longer lifetime. Make use of natural light whenever possible to reduce the need for electric light. If you can, set lights on a timer or plug lamps into smart power strips so that they automatically turn off.

Reduce Power Use

For an instant reduction in your energy use, change the way you use power at home. Plug groups of appliances into power strips and turn them off completely whenever they are not in use; when electronics are plugged into the wall, they can use “phantom” power even when turned off. If you have home computers, unplug them when you are away from home, enable the built-in energy saving settings and make the screen go to sleep when inactive instead of using a screen saver.

Conserve Water

Altering the way you use water can help save energy, particularly when it comes to hot water. According to Energy Star, 90% of the energy a washing machine uses per load is used to heat the water; wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. You can also save more by installing a low-flow shower head, which is easily replaced. If you have access to the water heater, turn it down; if the heater is outside of your apartment, try to use less hot water.

Get Into Hot Water

You might not give hot water much thought, but it consumes 14 to 25% of your home’s energy, making it a good target for your family’s energy-saving efforts. Set the water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and wrap the heater in an insulating blanket if it’s an older model. For every 10 degrees that you reduce the temperature, you will save 3 to 5% on your water heating bill. Reduce your hot water use by installing low-flow shower heads and aerated kitchen faucets, taking five-minute showers, running the dishwasher only when it’s full and turning off the faucet while soaping up your hands.

Turn it off

When TVs are turned off, they still suck up the amount of electricity generated annually by 21 large power plants. In the average home, the electricity used by DVD players, TVs and other small home appliances when they are turned off totals up to 438 kilowatt hours each year. This type of energy consumption is called “phantom load.” The simplest way to stop it is to plug the appliances into power strips and turn off the strips when the equipment isn’t being used.

Cooking

Every time you make a meal for your family, you have a chance to conserve energy. Use pots and pans that fit the burners; small pots on large burners waste energy. Cook with the lids on; the food will heat faster and less energy will be consumed. Reheat food in the microwave instead of the oven; it uses 70 to 80% less electricity. Bake in glass pans and you can set the oven 25 degrees lower. But don’t open the door to peek; it lowers the oven’s temperature by 25 degrees.

Making meaningful changes is difficult and it takes time to be successful. As they say, Old habits die hard. Mulberry Woods by Saran Developers is an environmentally efficient project located off Sarjapur Road. Their plush gardens and rain water harvesting system makes it a greener and sustainable place to live in. Providing an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, Saran Developers are committed to bring to you energy efficient homes. There are many things we can do to make your home warmer, healthier and more energy efficient. How energy efficient is your home?

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