An energy efficient home will not only save you tons of money in the long run, it is good for the environment too. Global warming, harmful gasses spewing from coal or oil fired power generating stations and energy guzzling appliances in your home all contribute to deteriorating atmospheric conditions on Planet Earth. Hence by ensuring that you have an energy efficient home you are working towards a better environment for generations to come.
Here are a few tips in this regard that you will do well to follow.
- Lighting – One of the main areas of high energy consumption is lighting in your home. Incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes should be replaced by LED and CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs. Advancements in technology have made these bulbs very affordable now. Their luminosity is high with low energy consumption because of almost negligible heat emitted by these bulbs. You will notice a significant drop in bills once you replace traditional sources of lighting with these new age bulbs.
- Use gas stoves – Buy a good gas stove and use it instead of an electrical stove. Remember, gas is cheaper than electricity. Use the microwave to cook food as it consumes less than two-thirds of the energy required for an electric stove. In case you are using an electric oven, do not open the door while baking as there will be a substantial drop in temperature which will require additional energy to be cranked up again. About 10 to 15 minutes before cooking time ends, switch off the oven. The food will continue to cook without using extra electricity.
Buy pots and pans that heat up quickly like copper bottomed utensils and always cook with pots covered. Invest in pressure cookers to reduce cooking time.
- Install energy efficient geysers – The geyser is probably the highest energy consumption appliance in your home and you should pay special attention to it. Install solar geysers that harness the energy of the sun to heat water. These are of course very expensive but if you do install one you can be assured of recovery of your investment in a very short period. In case you cannot afford one, opt for a geyser that has a timer that switches on the appliance when in use and switches it off when idle. It will positively impact savings on your electricity bills.
- Energy efficient construction – When building your home, install good insulation for the roof. It will lead to low heating and cooling bills. Also have energy efficient double-glazed windows which reduce the impact of outside weather in your house. Further, line your windows with curtains or shutters that can be closed whenever required. You will have cooler summers and warmer winters inside.
Use these simple tips to reduce your electricity consumption and ensure an energy efficient home.