Energy is precious and caring for it is everyone’s responsibility. Here are a few tips through which you can use energy efficiently and get less bills.
Proper Insulation and Draught Exclusion – Insulation retains adequate amount of heat and thus reduces the job of a conventional heating appliance. Have your roof, walls and floor properly insulated. Mineral wool and insulation boards are the commonly used material for roof and loft insulation. Cavity and solid wall insulation involves different methods. Remember heat tends to escape from warm areas to cooler areas. Close gaps in the floor, doors and windows that pave way for heat to escape. Have draught excluders fitted in openings in doors or windows to prevent heat from going out.
Judicious Usage of Water – Water is taken for granted by most people and hence used with complete generosity. Use a water efficient shower head instead of a hot water tub or tap. Maintain the temperature of your heater to a usable level and not to a higher one. Setting the temperature of the thermostat could lead to excess usage or wastage of water. Fix the leaks and holes in your pipelines or faucets that let water from escaping. Turn off the tap during intervals while brushing, washing or cleaning.
Cooking with Energy Consciousness – Kitchen is the area where you can save energy to a great extent. Heat only as much water that is necessary. Use the right appliance and rightly sized utensils to heat or cook food. For instance use a toaster not the grill for toasting. A utensil that can contain the particular food giving some space for cooking uses only the required amount of gas or power for cooking and not more. Close saucepans with a proper lid while cooking and use only that amount of water that is needed to cook. Do not place hot food in a refrigerator and defrost it regularly to improve efficiency.
Responsible Usage of Appliances and Fittings – Run your washing machine and dishwasher with proper load, timer settings and in an economy program except for washing dirty stuff. Don’t leave your mobile, laptop, tablets, iPods and other gadgets in charging or standby mode for long hours. Instead switch them off when not in use. Turn off lights and fans in a room where there is nobody. Use energy-efficient electrical fittings such as halogen bulbs.
Investing in Alternate Energy – Alternate energy resources not only generate energy but also contribute to the energy repository of the state. Have solar panels also known as solar photovoltaic installed on your roof. Solar cells can work in direct as well as partial sunlight to generate electricity. A panel installed on a roof facing southwards is likely to generate more energy. You can use the energy thus generated to run most of the appliances and to heat water. In addition to solar panels, having a surplus power divert manager typically solarimmersion that uses surplus energy for heating water can save you more!