As we all consider ways to be more efficient in our use of electricity, options abound to help us meet our goals. Whether we are primarily focused on reducing energy costs of a home or business, or whether we’re looking to reduce, reuse and recycle more, these quick tips will certainly help get the job done.
The first step is to reuse something as best you can. Whether it’s a plastic bad from the supermarket or the foundation and framing of an old building retrofitted for a new purpose, reusing things saves both money and resources.
In home design, remodeling and construction, ample use of passive design will allow you to save on electricity. Passive design is anything that doesn’t require power. The best example of this is the use of windows which can be used to light, cool and warm a space.
Hand in hand with passive design is resource utilization. If a home or business is located in the American southwest, they could benefit greatly from the nearly year-round sunshine which would fuel solar panels. The same would be tree for an area with lots of wind.
When considering the abundance of items on the market designed to be energy efficient, consumers may find themselves paying more upfront, but saving more in the long run. Incandescent light bulbs only transfer about five percent of the energy the use to generate light, whereas an LED light with phosphorescence can exceed twenty percent.
Along these lines is always remembering to power things down when they are not in use. Additionally, the use of smart devices greatly enable people to have lights off when they aren’t home, are sleeping, or simply otherwise don’t need them.
And one final key step in energy efficiency is higher utilization for resources. This most commonly takes the form of public transportation versus a smaller ratio of one to one where everyone is driving their own car.
When any one of these methods are used, or combined, the effects can be profound and long-lasting. As we look to not only make better use of energy in our homes, but day to day lives, we can find more opportunities to lower costs and help conserve resources.