Almost everyone in America has grown up in homes that are powered by electricity. This makes it very easy to take energy for granted, without realizing the cost to both the environment and to your bank account. The truth is that all energy produced and used has an impact on the environment. Luckily you can save energy in home with just a few tips.
Ways to Save Energy in The KitchenWith the fridge running 24/7, the stove and the dishwasher, your kitchen is the room in your home that utilizes the most energy. So, with just a few minor adjustments, you can significantly cut the amount of energy you consume. With hydro costs increasing exponentially, you need to adopt energy-saving habits and trying just a couple of these tips, can result in significant savings.
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#1- Smart Washing and DryingYour washing machine and tumble dryer are two of the most power hungry appliances in the house. Make sure the washing machine is full before you switch it on, or use the half load setting if it has one. As for the dryer — do you really need to use it? Putting your clothes out on the line instead is a really simple way to save electricity, and your clothes will last longer too!
You may be surprised to know that about 85-90% of the energy used by a washing goes into heating the water, so don’t put it on a hot wash unless you really need to. If your clothes aren’t particularly dirty then washing them at 30 degrees is just as effective as washing at a higher temperature. By switching from a hot wash to a warm wash, over a year you could cut your energy consumption in half!
#2- Get the most out of your refrigeratorThe fridge is unique among the appliances in the kitchen in that it has to run all the time (except when you are away from home for an extended period, when you can empty it and switch it off). So it is imperative that it is as energy-efficient as possible. The first thing to consider is the position of your fridge. Avoid having it in direct sunlight or next to other appliances that are sources of heat, such as ovens and dishwashers. You should also make sure that the fridge is well ventilated, particularly around the back where the condensing coils are (these coils should be kept clean to ensure efficient performance).
Given that every degree that you lower the temperature of your fridge uses five percent more energy, consider turning up the thermostat. Many people have their refrigerators at a lower temperature than is necessary without even knowing it. The ideal is between 3 and 4 degrees Celsius or 37 to 39 Fahrenheit.
#3- Cut the power early.As anybody who’s ever bumped a burner on an electric stove can attest, those heating elements stay hot long after they’ve been switched off. Put that residual heat to work by shutting off the burner several minutes before the end of the cooking time. The same technique can be applied to the oven. The savings can add up a couple of bucks every month.
#4- Use the dishwasher machine.Many homeowners believe they can save water and energy by hand washing dishes. The truth is that a dishwasher requires less than one-third the water it would take to do those same dishes in the sink. By running the machine (when full), you can cut down the operating time of the hot water heater, your home’s largest energy hog. Not only will you save some bucks per month, you won’t have to do the dishes.
#5- Use your Oven properlyWhenever possible, use alternative methods of cooking, such as a pressure cooker or an electric fry pan; as large traditional oven use comparatively more energy. If using a traditional gas or an electric oven, try to plan your cooking so that you can have several similar dishes in the oven at once.
Avoid opening the door too often when dishes are being cooked; this allows heat to escape, meaning that the oven has to use energy to put up the temperature each time and it also slows down the cooking time.
It is also important to keep your oven functioning well, particularly the seal around the door. A poorly fitted or degraded seal can mean heat and energy leaches out of the appliance every time it is used. A good, quick test is to try and slip a piece of paper between the seal and the door. If it can go through, you should look at replacing the seal for a tighter, more efficient one.
What others things can you do to save energy?Save energy and reduce footprint, have numerous benefits for both the environment and human health. These include reductions in air pollution, acid rain and global warming; oil spills and water pollution; loss of wilderness areas and biodiversity; construction of new power plants; foreign energy dependence and the risk of international conflict over energy supplies. Your actions today will affect future generations.
When it comes to such large-scale global problems; people can feel utterly helpless in the face of a seemingly overwhelming situation. Realizing that small, relatively painless lifestyle changes can help combat global warming is motivating.
However, if you think you want to do more, you can join an environmental activist program anywhere in the world. Our Climate Change Activist Program have the purpose that you learn and teach along with people from all over the world and contributing to create awareness, spreading the knowledge about Climate Change and Global Warming in communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Finally, as a reminder, we only have one planet and we need to do our best to protect it. Play your part in the process of saving energy, and remember;while one individual can’t save the world, everyone's actions do add up.
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