Energy efficiency is a major concern with regards to global warming. Presently, 80%-90% of the energy available to us is wasted due to inefficient, wasteful management of resources and appliances. Considering the worldwide dwindling supply of energy-resources, these figures are shocking and serve to highlight the deep flaws in our handling of natural resources in general.
Here are some tips for lowering your energy-consumption at home:
- Check your gas- and electricity supplier for their ecological credentials and switch to a supplier that holds credible certification for eco-friendly energy if necessary.
- Use energy-efficient light-bulbs. They last longer than conventional light-bulbs and use 80% less energy. LED-bulbs are preferable to other energy-saving light-bulbs, which may contain mercury and need to be disposed of properly to ensure they don't end up in landfills where they contaminate the soil.
- Use your kettle to boil water, instead of a pot, and heat only as much water as you are going to use.
- Keep the lid on your pots and pans when cooking to reduce cooking time.
- Wash your clothes at low temperatures. Most energy during a wash-cycle is used for heating the water.
- Regulate your heating habits. Turn the heating off when you leave your home and only heat rooms that you spend a lot of time in. Try to switch the heating off at night: as long as you make sure you are well insulated in bed you should not need heating.
- Reduce the amount of electric equipment in your home. Question which ones you really need. Consider doing your dishes by hand and avoid unnecessary gadgets such as electric toothbrushes.
- Don't leave appliances on stand-by (e.g. TV, laptop etc.). Instead, switch them off at the socket. This can make a big difference to your energy consumption.
- Don't leave mobile phones on charge over night, if you can help it. They keep consuming energy even when they are fully charged.
- Avoid battery powered appliances. They use up more energy than other appliances.
- Opt for appliances with energy-efficiency certification.These include fridge/freezers, kettles etc.
- Take a shower instead of a bath. And keep showering-time to a minimum. This dramatically reduces the amount of water than needs to be heated.
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