Energy conservation — Why is it important?
Over the past few years, the world is becoming more and more aware of the looming, and disastrous threat of climate change. Unfortunately, the effects of climate change are already upon us. The sudden frequent storms, droughts, heatwaves, rising sea levels and melting glaciers are a normal occurrence now, and along with humans, Earth’s wildlife is also being severely impacted.
However, there is still some hope to cling to. Have you ever considered switching to more environment-friendly appliances in your home? You might want to start since small changes like these in each home can lead to a significantly large impact on the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if every American simply replaced a single light bulb with a more energy-saving alternative, we could prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year and save around $600 million in annual energy costs.
Now imagine how much of a positive impact that could make on our deteriorating environment. Energy conservation is steadily becoming the new norm in many households. Not only are people using less and less energy to protect the environment, but also to significantly reduce their monthly household bills and costs. By implementing energy conservation in your household or workplace, you can save loads by using energy-efficient alternatives. Here are five energy-saving ideas for the home — reduce your monthly bills and contribute to saving the environment.
1. Smart Lighting Technology – LED lights
Unfortunately, many households still utilize traditional incandescent light bulbs which are not only old-fashioned but also consume a ridiculous amount of energy. An energy-efficient alternative for this is LEDs and CFLs. Proper LED lighting systems are proven to decrease headaches, have a long lifespan along with improved environmental performance. And if you want to give your home that extra fancy touch, Xunison’s Smart RGB Bulbs are the lights for you. These smart Wi-fi RGB LED bulbs use about 50 per cent less electricity than traditional alternatives (incandescent, fluorescent, halogen). They are easy to dim and adjust, and you can set them according to your schedule and even change the light depending on your mood.
2. Unplug Devices – Smart plugs
We don’t realize how often we leave our devices switched on, especially ones known for high levels of phantom load, such as gaming consoles. This alone leads to excessive levels of energy consumption. Smart plugs allow you to easily turn off any unused appliances and devices from a mobile app on your phone. You can use Xunison’s Smart Plugs for lights, televisions and computers, gaming systems, battery chargers, kitchen appliances, heaters and many more – the possibilities are endless. Equipped with features such as energy consumption monitoring and inbuilt protection against power surges, Smart Plugs are a great way to get started on your path to a more environmentally conscious home.
3. Energy-efficient devices and appliances
When purchasing appliances and devices in the future, paying attention to the initial purchase price and annual operating cost is crucial. Most of our daily-use appliances are responsible for around 13% of the total household energy consumption. The good news is we have energy-efficient alternatives nowadays! Look for appliances and devices with an ENERGY STAR label. This is a trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency and helps you save substantial amounts of money, energy and the environment. Energy star appliances can save between 10% to 50% of the energy required, depending on the model in question. Many brands offer energy star appliances such as Samsung, GE, LG, etc.
To put this into perspective, an Energy-star certified washing machine can reduce energy costs by 33% and can cut water costs by 55%+. Similarly, EPA states that an Energy Star certified air conditioner will cost less than $75 a year to operate due to higher quality insulation materials and a better seal.
4. Smart thermostats
A smart thermostat’s main advantage is its ability to observe and learn a household’s patterns of cooling and heating over time and adjust them accordingly. This, in turn, reduces excessive use of heating and cooling systems when the house or certain areas are vacant for significant periods of time. Most Wi-fi enabled, advanced smart thermostats also allow you to create adjustable temperature settings based on your personal cooling and heating needs, daily schedules and weather conditions.
If used correctly, smart thermostats can reduce energy bills by up to a whopping 23%.
5. Solar-powered devices
Last but not least, we have solar-powered devices. Solar energy has been around for a while, and you can find a solar-powered alternative for almost any electronic you use in your homes, such as solar-powered phone chargers, lawn fountains, air conditioning, dryers, furnaces and many more.
Furthermore, saving energy in your home doesn’t necessarily mean investing in additional products. You can easily reduce energy consumption by making quick, easy and free changes. Although they won’t make such an immediate impact as the ways mentioned above would, over time, it’s safe to say these do make a difference.
-Don’t be wasteful and turn off appliances when you leave the room — fans, air conditioners, lights, etc.
–Wash your clothes with cold water instead of hot. Most of the energy consumed by washing machines is used for heating the water.
–Wrap or cover foods/drinks in the refrigerator. When left uncovered, foods and drinks release moisture, making the compressor work extra hard to keep the unit cold.