Four Ways To Reduce Your Household’s Energy Use
It is a widely acknowledged fact that energy is something that this world sorely needs. It is true that you alone cannot make a huge difference to the energy consumption in this world. However, what you can do is try your best to lessen the energy consumption in your house. How can you do it? There are many ways in which you can. Some of them are:
The appliances in your house are, undoubtedly, the major source of energy consumption. You need to handle them very carefully if you want to save the energy usage in your house. Unplug your appliances when they are not in use. Many people have this tendency of leaving appliances like TV, Computers, Microwaves, etc. even after they are done using them. Even if they are not doing that, they keep them in “Standby” mode, which means that even if they are not in use, they are using energy. Also, when buying appliances, look out for those which have a good energy rating. The more the stars, the better. When choosing specific appliances make sure you get the best of them.
Heating and Cooling
In addition to appliances, another thing that you can do is ready your home with appropriate heating and cooling. For the best conditions, you can do many things. For example, insulate your roof or ceiling. This will help keep your home a pleasant temperature in summer and winter. Make your house draught-proof by making sure that your doors and windows are properly sealed. Seal your chimney with a damper. This usually helps to keep the heat from escaping. Another thing you can do is avoid installing downlights. They penetrate ceiling and insulation which leads to heat loss. Also, they use a lot of energy.
These days fuel-efficient cars are coming out in the market that consumes less energy compared to other cars. Even though it is a pretty good invention, it is best to avoid using any of those vehicles. What you can do is, you can leave your car at home an walk, or cycle, catch public transport, or car pool. There are a lot of options available for you and it does not hurt to not use your car or bike once in a while.
The WELS scheme allows you to compare the water efficiency of different products. WELS stands for Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards. The more stars it has, the better off you are. As ratings are compulsory for all domestic appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, showers, toilets, etc. it is an effective method. Other things to do, is collecting rainwater, recycling greywater from showers, laundry tubs, and washing machines (which can be stored for use in gardens), buying water-efficient showerheads, etc.