Saving Energy at Home

imagessReduce your personal carbon footprint, pay less on utilities and save money by making your home a little greener.  Buying a new Green home or splashing out on expensive equipment and alterations are not necessary. Follow these simple tips to save energy at home and join the green revolution.

How to save energy used by your geyser.

The geyser is arguably the largest consumer of electricity in your home. It also wastes the most energy. Turning the geyser on and off does not help. To ensure good isolation keep the temperature at the lowest heat comfortable for your use. The temperature of your geyser should be between 55°C and 65°C. However, if you want to save money, 55°C would be optimum. It takes more energy warming up a cold geyser of water. It takes less energy to keep a geyser at a reasonable mean temperature. Turning the geyser off for days at times would be an exception.

Install a geyser blanket.  A geyser loses on average one degree Celsius per hour. As a result, constant energy is needed to maintain the temperature. However, a geyser blanket can reduce the energy use by 50%. This makes your geyser more economical. The average domestic geyser will save 300kWh/year by using this sort of insulation.

Optimizing your Pool Pump

The geyser and the pool-pump are the biggest culprits when it comes to wasted energy in the average domestic residence. Firstly: you need to look at how long your pool pump is running in a day. Most people run the swimming pool pump on an average 8 hours a day. This will properly circulate and clean your water.  Most pool pumps on the domestic market do this in 4-6 hours a day. You will need to monitor your pool pump’s efficiency to decided how many hours you can spare. Then buy a timer for your motor. This way you can experiment and see how many hours your pool can afford to save.

Buy an EE Motor to save energy from your pool use in the long run. Replacing your existing pump motor with an Energy Efficient motor can save your up to 33% on your electric bill. A 1 HP pump that is switched to a 1HP EE pump motor can save you an estimated R200 a month.

Reducing Phantom Energy Usage

This is the latent electricity usage by appliances in the home. “In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while products are turned off.” (US Dept of Energy.) Six per cent of all national residential electricity use is from phantom or latent loads. To deal with this simply unplug devices and appliances, not in use. Switch off the lights and have a look around at all the pilot lights shining in your house.

To save energy at home you need to seriously consider your appliances. You don’t have to go out and replace all your appliances. But if you are replacing appliances look for the EnergyStar label when purchasing hardware. EnergyStar devices and appliances use between 10 and 50 percent less energy and water than conventional counterparts. These appliances may cost more than those without the EnergyStar designation. However, in most cases, they will more than make up that additional cost through energy savings.

Save energy with your Lightbulb choices

Most people are aware of the inefficiencies and energy drain of incandescent bulbs. So replacing them with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) has been the best option so far. This extends the life of a bulb by approximately five years and uses 7% less energy.  There has been concern about mercury leakage from these bulbs in landfills. However EnergyStar says that CFLs do not release any mercury when in use, and actually reduce mercury emissions because they lessen the need for electricity from power plants that emit mercury.

Be that as is may, we now have LEDs. The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient lighting technologies. They require less energy and hence save you electricity. They can last up to 50,000 hours. They do not contain hazardous solids, liquids or gases. LEDs also don’t flicker and can be dimmed. There is no high-powered discharge that can have a detrimental effect on the eyes. LEDs are the way of the future for lighting.

 

If you follow this simple advice a reduction of energy use in the home is a discernible and achievable goal. Make a decision today to reduce energy in your home. This will save you money and it will save the environment as you reduce your own carbon footprint on the planet.

About Matthew Campaigne Scott

I'm a freelance writer and researcher. I have written for periodicals and websites, composed speeches and sermons and prepared copy for web advertisements and research papers. I can tailor my work according to your needs. I love a challenge and enjoy building work relationships.

Posted on February 22, 2018, in Green, Uncategorized, Webarticles and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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