Energy Efficiency - Why and How to Reduce Energy Use?
Energy efficiency is good for everyone. More efficient use of energy lowers the bills, increases energy sustainability and reduces greenhouse gas emissions which have been dangerously warming up our planet and driving the global climate change. The ongoing effort to reduce energy consumption, however, has also been shown to stimulate innovation and research, generate new jobs and open a host of opportunities for economic growth. And the best thing about it is that everyone can take an active part in reducing the use of energy without giving up the comfort or making large investments.
Tips on Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
By making your home more energy efficient, you will save money and at the same time, help fight the global climate change. And your home will be just as comfortable, if not even more so. Here are a few tips on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Insulate. If you live in a poorly or non-insulated building, your heating and cooling bills are probably quite high. This is because you have heat losses during the winter and heat gains during the summer. Though it doesn’t come cheap, insulation pays off in a very short period of time because you need to use a lot less energy to reach and maintain a comfortable temperature both during the hot summer days and cold winter nights.
Replace old, leaky windows and doors with high-efficiency ones. This is another relatively expensive measure which, however, offers huge savings in the long term. In the winter, high-efficiency windows and doors will prevent the cold air from entering your home and in the summer, block the hot air.
Pay attention to the energy labels when buying new appliances. Modern stoves, ovens, refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances are much more energy efficient than those made 10 year ago or more. However, not all are equally energy efficient. So be sure to pay attention to the energy labels when buying new appliances.
Consider solar panels. Again, this requires some investment but you can get a lot for a relatively small investment. Even if you use solar panels just to heat water, you will dramatically cut your electricity bills. Even better is to invest in the so-called photovoltaic panels to generate electricity to cover for your household needs and sell the surplus to the grid.
Small measures, big results. You can also reduce energy use and improve your home’s energy efficiency with minimal or no investment at all. Examples include installing LED lights, switching off lights when no one is in the room, run washing machine fully loaded, etc. Every slightest measure makes a big difference.