When it comes to home, individuals are surrounded by different electrical appliances like those used in kitchens, laundry, living rooms, etc.With diverse utilities, these have greatly reduced physical efforts, and helped in managing time. However, if not paid attention to, they can result in panic and anxiety in the form of increased electricity bill as well as temperature of the house. Thus, heating and cooling of home also becomes the prime concern, consequently.
In present time, the above issues have made everyone ‘energy-aware’. They are concerned about energy consumption and its impact on the environment as well as on future generations. This is why individuals are seeking advice of home advisors, to make suitable changes and adjustments, in order to reduce their home energy bill.
Below given are some of the suggestions and tips that people can use.
Getting the House Inspected:
Not as in solving of a criminal case, but to hunt down the consumption pattern, this step provides crucial insights. A certified technician will tell all about ventilation, heating and climate conditioning appliances, and if they are working at their peak efficiency.
Sealing Leakages to Preserve Temperature:
While cooling or heating a space, leakages can counter the efforts put by an appliance like air conditioners. Hence, before the weather attacks completely, get all the leaks checked and sealed. It would increase the efficiency of the machine and peace of your mind.
Purchasing Energy Efficient Appliance:
Every country has adopted certain ways and methods to differentiate items that consume more energy than others. The energy star is one such certification that home appliances like AC and refrigerator receive. More the number of stars the lesser is the energy consumption.
Changing Lighting Equipment’s to CFLs:
If you are still using the incandescent lights, it is time to know about and switch to using compact fluorescents lights. They save on electricity, produce lesser heat and serves longer. These are some of the primary ways to start with. If a person is more focussed on maintaining the temperature of the living areas or home as a whole, they can employ the following steps:
Closing the windows and using curtains: This will help block the sunlight by shading, and helps in cooling the room. Similarly, in winter, windows and curtains save the heat from escaping.
Switching on fans: The flow of air is regulated using the fans. Efficiency of warmers and air conditions can be enhanced by them.
Not employing heat producing appliances in daytime: The days in general are hotter than the nights. Using electrical appliances like dishwasher, dryers, etc in daytime will lead to more heat. Thus, the cooling systems will have to work even harder to keep the place cooler. Hence, the darker hours are better.
Cleaning filters of AC: When this is not done, dirt and dust resist the efficient functioning. This leads to requiring more electricity just like above, to keep the place cool.
Using Dampers in Fireplaces: To allow more heat to enter and less heat to escape, people can use dampers in their fireplaces. Open them when the fire is starting and close them when it is fully started.
Apart from the above mentioned techniques, employing thermostats, lowering down the temperature of water heaters, unplugging the electrical devices when not in use, etc can also add to your efforts of reducing energy consumption.