Friday, December 27, 2013

Easy ways to conserve electricity

Are you one of those people who dread going through your mail and finding that your electricity bill has gone up this month, again? Read on to discover easy ways to save on your energy consumption. 

Some electronics and appliances still consume electricity while they’re plugged into sockets. For an easy way around this, get extension cords with an on and off switch.

Lighting

Lighting takes up a huge portion, up to ten percent, of electricity costs in homes. Using energy efficient lighting will help conserve energy and minimize your power bill as well. Incandescent lights are the least energy efficient among the different types of lighting. Use newer types of lighting such as LEDs and CFLs. Exchanging your incandescent lights with CFL can save up to seventy-five percent of your original lighting energy costs. 

Air-conditioning

With the warm and humid Manila weather, locals often resort to air-conditioning for a more comfortable stay at home. Air-conditioning units also use up a lot of energy. Use a timer to limit your air-conditioning use. You may set it to turn off the air-conditioning around two hours before your scheduled wakeup time. 

Another way to save energy is by keeping the temperature higher and closer to the temperature outside your home, as this requires less energy for cooling. 

Having an electric fan on in an air-conditioned room will also help cool the room without using as much energy. Whenever you have the air-conditioning on, be sure that all doors and windows of the room are shut tightly, to prevent cool air from escaping. 

Heaters

Water heaters in the bathroom use up more electricity when set at higher temperatures. If you don’t need the water to be scalding hot, set the heater with a cooler temperature to conserve energy. Constant use of your water heater can account for up to twenty-five percent of your energy consumption. 

Appliances

Some electronics and appliances still consume electricity while they’re plugged into sockets. For an easy way around this, get extension cords with an on and off switch. This way, you can just flip the one switch when you retire at night or leave the house, and you’ll be sure that all your electronics and appliances are not consuming energy at all. - Aislinn Kee 


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