As more and more fuel is needed to power the modern lifestyle; from cars to computers, from home appliances to personal gadgets, it seems we have reached a point where it is easy to foresee a day when the natural resources which have till now supplied our ever-ground demands will simply run out. At this crossroads where resources are depleting and the demand for energy is ever on the rise, there is need for both innovation and care. Not only must there be the right amount of investment into new alternative form to traditional energy production but each and every one of us is responsible in a personal way for helping our Earth last a little longer.
It is the little things we can do on our part that can have an impact in the end. Here are some simple practical tips that can help us minimize the use of energy at our homes and offices.
- Remember to switch off all lights and fans each time you leave a room
- To save the amount of energy responsible for lighting, it is recommended to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). CFLS are more energy efficient while giving off the same amount of light.
- Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode when not in use to allow a sufficient time for your gadgets for rest. Many devices drag power continuously, even when the device is not plugged into a charger.
- Keep your freezer full as it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.
- Use microwaves and toaster oven to cook or warm leftover food. You will end up using much less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
- Lightning is said to account for 10 pc of energy needs of an average household. One simple way to reduce this amount is to place lamps in corners to allow that they reflect from two walls giving off more light while using the same amount of energy.
- Air conditioners, if not regularly serviced may take up more energy to maintain the same room temperature. To avoid this, get your AC services at least two to three times every year.