Energy Efficiency – Change Through Technology
Are you still using incandescent bulbs to light your home?
Do you have old, outdated appliances?
Do you leave your lights and appliances on when they are not being used?
It may not come as a surprise to you, then, that researchers estimate that about 61 percent of Americans’ energy use is wasted. Imagine if you could cut your electric bill by 61 percent!
Although this statistic includes the energy lost by every sector of the society, home and businesses are places within our control.
Here are some tips and easy changes that could help you find ways to cut energy costs.
Efficiency guaranteed appliances [Energy Star]
Though we presently have a plethora of choices when it comes to buying electrical appliances or equipment, we have to take care to choose the efficiency of a particular product over the aesthetic and less important qualities. Energy Star has been a standard to judge energy efficient equipment for more than 20 years; hence, it would make immense sense in valuing the applicable product rating. High initial cost is again an inconvenience here. But the payback timeframe from the energy savings because of higher efficiency is just two years, which proves it is hands down an easy choice to make if you can afford the capital outlay.
The majority of the energy wasted in our homes is due to lack of supervision, i.e. all the times we forget to switch a light or an appliance off. Through cutting edge development in the field of home automation, this is no longer a problem. Smart home technologies could save you thousands of dollars in the long run even though it would cost you more than using traditional methods in the beginning. These just touch the surface of the developments in energy efficiency. Smart home integration with solar panels and solar heaters reduces the average daily usage of energy for lighting and heating by one half. Insulating your home with regularly maintained central heating reduces the temperature dependent wastes. Taking these steps will not only help you protect our resources and environment, it also boosts the ambience of your own living conditions.