Home Energy Management Tips – ( Solar Thermal Magazine)
The rising cost of energy has prompted many consumers to rethink their consumer behavior when it comes to home energy applications. However, what many people do not realize is that it is possible to have a comfortable lifestyle and at the same time lower the rate of your consumption of energy.
Home Energy Management Tips That Lower the Energy Bill
The most important thing that one should do in order to lower the energy bill is to understand the energy usage in the home. So, make a list of all the energy consumption in the home and then match them with the approximate cost of each expense. To employ parallelism in expounding this strategy, debt consolidation starts with understanding the extent of all your debts, and so is the energy consumption bill.
It is important to do a comparison on the various providers of energy products and services. Such a market research does not take a lot of time. It can be done through a simple online search, asking for referrals from friends and relatives, or physically visiting the providers. You will be amazed by the great variation that exists between providers. However, consumers should be careful not to compromise quality in the name of going for cost effective energy products and services. It should be noted that going for the least expensive energy products and services may not the most prudent thing to do.
Consumers should learn how to shop for energy efficient appliances. Home appliances look pretty much the same from the outside, but they vary greatly in energy consumption. The brand and model of an energy efficient home appliance might be expensive, but it is far much cheaper on the long run in terms of energy consumption.
Washing of clothes in cold water can lead to less energy consumption. For example, the majority of American families do 400 loads of laundry every year. Consequently, the use of cold water will come in handy in reducing the energy bills. Thus, one can use the cold water to wash and energy to ran the machine.
The use of common facilities such as swimming pools have their peak and off peak times. There is no need of using energy when one is not using the swimming pool. Similarly, the use of automatic sweeps can be done in a way that is sensitive to energy consumption and thus reduction of the energy bill.
Consumers can read the energy label of an energy product or service. This is usually prepared by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It is worth noting that not all products carry an energy Label. Common products that have an EnergyGuide label include the following: central air conditioners, freezers, furnaces, refrigerators, televisions, pool heaters, and heat pumps.
The habit of turning off power when you are not using it is a good energy saving habit. For example, many people turn off the lights when they are not using a certain room, that is a good habit that is worth being emulated.
However, not many people turn the electronics off when they are not using them.
There are kitchen habits that can lead to saving energy. For example, putting a lid on food or water makes the food boil faster and thus saves energy. Similarly, you should prepare all the ingredients of a recipe before starting to cook rather than preparing them when you are cooking.
Unknown to many, landscaping can be used to conserve energy. For example, planning coniferous trees on the North side can be used to block winter winds. Deciduous trees can be used for shading. The climate surrounding your home is known as microclimate and it should be one of the determinants in making landscaping decisions.
The process of house renovation can be used to adopt energy efficient practices by limiting the possible energy usage of the components you install. For example, a highly insulated home needs very little in the way of heating or cooling. Proper placement of windows and ceiling fans can provide free solar heating and even cooling when needed.
A win win situation for the homeowner.
Effective energy management serves a twofold purpose; lowering the energy bills and contributing to environmental conservation through effective utility of resources. Lowering the energy bill is simple and it requires a simple lifestyle modification. It entails identifying your energy needs and adopting energy saving strategies.
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.