While going about our day, few of us are aware of the consequences our actions have on the environment.
Seemingly trivial things such as air conditioning, heating, lighting, running of our appliances or simply watering the lawn are actually causing much harm to our planet.
Although not immediately apparent, the link between energy use and the environment is undeniable.
Using more power means more toxic fumes released by power plants and with the increased use of fossil fuels boosting pollution levels and greenhouse gases.
We have taken our non-renewable energy sources for granted and are on the path towards depleting them. So, let’s take a look at what each of us can do for our precious Earth before it’s too late.
The traditional use of incandescent light bulbs is definitely becoming a thing of the past.
The average household spends about 11% of its energy budget on lighting and these bulbs convert only 10% of their energy into actual light, while the rest becomes heat.
Thus, the use of new technologies is highly recommended, more specifically, the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
They can reduce the lighting energy use by up to 75%. Even so, we should make it a habit to turn off all the lights we do not need to be in use and never leave them on while out.
Clean, fresh water is limited. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to use it responsibly. Severe droughts, extensive and devastating fires and negligence when it comes to water pollution add to the water being one of our most precious resources.
Fortunately, there is much we can do to improve the situation, right in and around our homes.
Water conservation saves energy, since pumping water from the central facility requires a large amount of energy in order to run the necessary equipment.
Making smart choices at home is how we can all contribute to the wellbeing of our planet. We can use appliances that are mostly water and energy-efficient and use low-flow showerheads and toilets.
However, this does not mean that your garden needs to suffer. Applying water-saving techniques in the garden will not only save you money, it will also contribute to keeping the water supply clean and sufficient and your lawn lush and full of life.
Heating, cooling and home insulation
Energy-efficient homes are designed to reduce your heating bills while keeping the temperature just the way you like it.
Over 70% of heat can “escape” trough uninsulated walls, roof, doors and single-pane windows, which emphasizes the importance of good insulation. It’s not only getting the home warm, but it’s also keeping it that way for the longest time possible.
There are various levels of insulation and different areas of the house benefit from different insulating techniques.
Energy-efficient windows such as the double-paned variety will significantly cut the heating costs by keeping the hot air inside. It is also advisable to upgrade your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems by replacing them with Energy Star-rated equipment.
Saving money while saving the environment is nothing but a win-win situation.
Smart equipment additions
Smart power strips are a very handy tech innovation to have.
The standby mode of your electronic devices consumes a considerable amount of electricity thus leading to greater energy consumption.
This phenomenon is known as a “phantom load” which is solved by using smart power strips. They shut down the appliances while they’re not in use and save precious energy.
A smart thermostat, for instance, will reduce the temperature in your home while you are asleep, making your slumber more pleasant, your home more energy-efficient and your heating bills more bearable.
Make your behavior more energy-efficient
Turn off the lights and turn off the water when you are not using them directly.
If it’s sunny outside, hang your clothes out to dry instead of giving the dryer a spin.
While cooking, use the lids on your pots since they will keep the heat inside and aid the cooking process without you having to keep the stove on for as long as you otherwise would.
If using air conditioning, try not to keep the temperature too different than the one outside. This way, you will prevent the cooling devices from working perpetually to maintain low temperatures.
Unfortunately, we have taken our planet for granted.
Few people are aware of the fact that our energy resources and supplies are limited, and that our actions directly affect future generations which also need the Earth to be green and healthy.
Just by doing our part at home we can turn things around and look forward to a happier, healthier future.