Are rising electricity and other energy bills giving you a monthly shock? What if there was a way to reduce those expenses? In the last two years, there has been an increase in electricity costs by approximately 30%. And as the concerns for the environment and global warming are rapidly increasing, energy is only going to get costlier.
But if you adopt a few simple techniques for your home, you can definitely make it an energy-efficient space. Read how:
1. Plant Trees:
Cliched, but an easy solution. Plant Tulsi or Money plant wherever possible in your home. Did you know a pot of Tulsi gives interrupted oxygen for 20 hours? What more does the environment need? If the northern part of your home is the bedroom, then I advise you to opt for a Money plant. It is known for emanating oxygen at night. Inhale clean oxygen while you sleep and wake up with a fresh mind!
2. Maintaining AC Temperature:
Don’t over-cool your home with air conditioning. The perfect indoor regulator setting is somewhere around 23.8°C and 25.5°C. Every time you increase the degree of the temperature, your indoor regulator brings in about 5% of investment funds – at the expense of cooling your home.
Bonus Tip: Keep lights, TVs and other electronic devices away from the air cooling system. Heat from these devices might cause the cooling system unit to run longer than it should.
3. Check Your Hot Water Heater
When you need a new water heater, purchase a unit with a high Energy Factor (EF) rating. EF ratings such as those of 91 and above are highly efficient. The higher the rating, the more efficiently the unit will operate. Also, drain a bucket of water out of the heater once a year to remove sediments and dirty water and to improve heating efficiency.
4. Look For A ‘Window’ Of Opportunity
Your windows can offer a useful outlet to save energy – during both summers and winters as heat passes through them. So you might want to tint them to keep excess heat from entering the house.
Not just that, a lot of light enters through windows. So keep them wide open and let in some natural light in your home, rather than use bulbs.
Also, ensure that your windows are properly shut to avoid the cold air from escaping the house. An air gap will only make your AC work harder and consume more energy.
5. Do Your Laundry Properly
Wash garments in lukewarm or chilled water rather than boiling hot water. Doing this can spare you about INR 3250 every year. Likewise, put a dry towel in the dryer with every heap of wet garments. The towel will retain the sogginess and lessen the drying time, thus sparing energy and cash.
Bonus Tip: If you are buying a new washing machine, opt for a front loading one. They require less water and energy than other washing machines.
6. Check Your Appliances Regularly
Do a regular check on the important electrical appliances in your house. Find out if anything is amiss with your refrigerator, oven, heater, washing machine and so on. A faulty device could be consuming power than required.
Get your air conditioning machine serviced or get its filters changed regularly. Also, you might want to replace old appliances with new ones as they consume more electricity. This will help you in the long run.
7. Become A Fan Of Fans
Reducing your dependability on the air conditioner will reduce your energy usage drastically. Use ceiling fans or even portable fans to keep the house cooler and to improve air circulation. But if you absolutely cannot live without an AC, read pt. 1 on how to save energy while using the device.
8. Use Limited Hot Water
The water heater is guilty of being one of the most power-hungry appliances in your house. So you might want to be wise when it comes to using hot water. Another tip is to try to bathe more often in the morning, when the water is not so cold. This means the heater doesn’t have to work so hard. Obviously during winters, you can’t avoid using hot water. To save money (and energy) while using a hot water heater, read pt. 3.
9. Cook Right
Yes, the way you cook can actually have an effect on how much energy you save. Try replacing your conventional oven with microwaves. These use significantly lesser energy. Pressure cookers help too, as the time taken to cook is reduced considerably.
Making your home energy efficient can actually help you reduce your electricity expenses by 30-35%. Not just that, you are reducing your contribution to global warming and helping this planet be a better place.
Author: Megha Kendre
I’m loud. I’m outspoken. And a die-hard foodie. If it was possible to have coffee in an IV drip, I’d always, always be attached to a tube. You can connect with me on LinkedIN