04 Dec Saving Electricity In Your Home
London is a highly productive city. Electricity is used every second to facilitate the running of daily activities in residential and business facilities. Sometimes the electricity bills that need to be footed are unnecessarily huge. These bills can be reduced through saving electricity. London residents adhere to the following tips to save electricity.
- Using less hot water. Heating water consumes a lot of energy. It’s not obligatory to take cold showers, but being careful of how much hot water you use, and how the water is being heated, can save a lot of electricity and money. The following water using tips help in saving electricity.
- Using insulated water heaters – they don’t lose much heat.
- Water heaters that doesn’t run on a nonstop lit pilot light are most preferred.
- Taking showers instead of baths. Baths consume more water compared to showers.
- Taking shorter showers saves the water and electricity.
- Turning off the lights. This is the simplest, most common way used by London residents to save electricity, and it really works. Paying attention to how many lights are on in the house at a given time helps save electricity. Turning off the lights after leaving a room greatly reduces electricity consumption.
Using light bulbs which don’t need to “warm up” for areas with lights used for short periods of time. When the whole family wants to go out, the family may use just one or two rooms at night – keeping the whole house lit may consume a lot of electricity.
Sometime lighting candles at night may help save electricity! It may seem old-fashioned but it may be very effective, romantic and peaceful. This may not be possible on a daily basis, but occasionally especially during special family dinners.
- Insulating Ensuring that there are good seals on the doors and windows leads to huge savings in energy costs. Insulation keeps homes from leaking cool air-conditioned air during summer and warm heated air in winter.
Hiring a contractor to inspect a home’s insulation to determine whether it’s efficient enough may be helpful towards saving electricity. The attic, crawlspaces, basement, walls and ceiling are areas that the contractor checks. This helps if you may want to fit your home with new insulation.
Weather-stripping your home, that is the doorways and the windows using caulk or purchasing plastic sheeting to put over the windows during the winter will help in keeping your home insulated.
- Changing bulbs. Replacing regular luminescent light bulbs with compact luminous (CFL) or LED bulbs is a great electricity saver. Luminescent bulbs release 98% of their consumed energy through heat, while CFL and LED bulbs are much more energy proficient and last several times longer. CFL bulbs were the first substitute to incandescent bulbs, and they use only about 1/4 the energy of incandescent bulbs. They comprise trace amounts of mercury, so they should be disposed of properly when they burn out. LED bulbs are newer to the market. They’re more expensive than CFLs, but they last longer and don’t contain mercury.
- Embracing natural light. Opening up curtains and letting the sun shine in saves electricity a lot. Using natural light whenever it is available instead of relying on artificial light can greatly reduce the amount of electricity used during the day. This can also be employed at the workplace or in the house. Exposure to natural light also increases happiness – giving you an even greater reason to raise the blinds.
Arranging the workspace so that natural light floods your desk and keeping the overhead lights off when possible will help save electricity. When you need extra lighting, use a low-powered desk lamp instead. Purchase curtains or blinds with light shades – they still allow light to come through, and may also provide privacy when you need it.