No matter how much we may need/wish to save electricity, there is no escaping the fact that as our world progresses, we’re going to be using more of it. As we begin to rely even more heavily on technology, the demand for electrical power will continue to increase. So that is why I personally believe that the key to real future energy conservation lies in find ways to make our usage more efficient, not to decrease our usage.
Here’s an example which could be observed today: One could be lighting one’s home for 4 hours using typical incandescent light bulbs at 400 watts spent. Or, one could do that same using an LED bulb for only 100 watts or less. Same amount of light, same amount of time. This is what I mean by finding more efficient ways of using electricity.
And there are plenty of technologies that exist to help us do just that. Currently available gizmos and gadgets which all have as their aim reducing the amount of electricity used (and also the amount of money spent on electricity). These devices include programmable thermostats, LED bulbs (as mentioned before), Energy Star certified appliances, power saver devices and others.
Using the above devices, one could dramatically reduce the amount of energy they use all without having to “give up” using anything. That’s the beauty of using devices in a more efficient (smarter) way. Your use doesn’t change but your consumption goes way down.
So then next time you’re out at the home improvement store, or out looking for new appliances, keep it in mind to check out what products you could obtain which will help you to save electricity. You will be helping the environment and also helping yourself in the way of a lower monthly electricity bill.
It’s great to be able to do something to help the environment, but we don’t always have the time to do so. Between work, family and other responsibilities and social obligations (and maybe even a little personal time to relax), it can seem that there’s just no more time to go around. So where does that leave personal energy conservation? Well, if one knows how to do it easily, it can still be done despite the apparent lack of time.
There’s ways to save energy that don’t require any amount of time once they are set up and in place. These “passive” methods not only help out the environment, but will also save you money on your electricity bill if implemented. So let’s take a look at them and how much time you’ll need to get them fully up and running.
1 - Programmable Thermostat - 2 hours total time.
This one is very easy. Just pick one up at the home improvement store and follow the instructions to get it installed. After that, it’s just a matter of programming your personal schedule into it so the unit knows when to turn on and off, and at what temperature to set to. THis way, you’ll never leave the a/c running again and can set it for optimum efficiency.
2 - Powersave - 1 hour total time.
To begin, a powersave should be installed by an electrician and he’ll be able to install it pretty quickly. Once you’ve order it and it arrives, have it professionally installed and you’re done. It will automatically begin working to recycle the electricity that normally gets wasted by various appliances (like pool pumps and a/c units). It alone can reduce your electrical consumption by around 15%.
Once you’re done with the above, you don’t need to do anything else or change your electrical usage habits. You’ll be saving energy without even noticing it.
If you already know the importance of conserving electricity, then what is stopping you from doing so? Well, if you’re like most, then you probably think that you either have to give up using certain electrical conveniences or that you need to buy expensive electricity saving equipment. Well, there’s some good news for you: you can actually have a lower electric bill without having to make a big personal sacrifice and do it absolutely free.
Unplug appliances that are not being used. As most appliances will still draw some power when turned off, unplugging them is a great way to get rid of this “phantom charge”.
Wash clothes more efficiently by a) doing larger loads and, b) using cold water. Larger loads don’t use more electricity than smaller ones, so the less loads the better. The cold water helps you to save on water heating. The best part is that you’ll be saving water as well.
Remember to turn lights off. This is one of the simplest ways, and is actually pretty effective. Turning off lights when you don’t need them is a great way to get rid of electrical waste.
Turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees. Those 2 degrees really make a difference in terms of the amount of energy spent by your a/c unit. It also has the ability to really impact your bill.
By dong the above, you can really do your part to help in energy conservation in addition to having a lower electric bill. It won’t cost a dime at all to implement and best of all, in addition to helping the environment, you’ll be saving money each month on your personal electricity bill.
If you want to go the extra mile, get people at your workplace doing this too and you’ll be an environmental champion. Every little bit helps, so please, do what you can.
You may have stopped and looked at your electricity bill and wondered where all of the electricity is actually going. Well, this is a crucial point to understand if you want to have the ability to lower your bill. If you know where the majority of your bill comes from, then you would know the correct point of address. This is especially useful when looking for energy-saving tips, as some of them aren’t worth the trouble.
Let’s look at your electronics first. They take up less than 5% of your overall bill. This is because they are pretty optimized for efficiency as it is.
Lighting is another one that doesn’t use all that much electricity. Sure, switching to LED light bulbs will save energy, but as lighting only makes up about 12% of your bill, it won’t have the biggest results. But it will get your somewhere.
Your appliances make up about 13% of your bill. We’re talking about your larger kitchen appliances as well as your washer/dryer. Switching to energy star certified appliances will give you some benefit in the long run.
Water heating is pretty expensive, making up 14% of your bill. Finding ways to save on hot water (such as washing clothes with only cold water) would be a wise decision.
Heating and cooling is where it’s at. Combined, they make up about 50% of your bill. FInding a successful way to reduce the amount of electricity spent on either of these two will yield the biggest results possible. There are devices available that can help to boost the efficiency of both of these areas (like a powersave) so looking into this type of thing would be your best possible bet.
Armed with this information, you can now begin to plan out your energy saving strategy as you know where you can expect to see results.
Before one does anything (if one wishes to be effective and get a good result), there has to be a plan of action in place. This will ensure that all correct steps are taken and the final result is that which was desired/expected. So when one wants to try their hand at saving electricity at home, a plan of action is needed as well so that one knows how to save electricity.
So where does one begin? Well, there’s really 2 steps that need to be done in the proper sequence to really obtain a correct result.
The first step is to analyze. This could be done in several ways, but the point is to find out where the majority of your electricity is going. As a general rule, your A/C usually consumes the most electricity, followed by the water heater. This may not be true for EVERY household though, so having a home energy audit done would benefit one greatly. Inefficient appliances can be located, as well as problems with insulation and air leaks can be found. Of course, one could do this oneself by using a special meter that tells you how much electricity any given appliance is using.
The next step is to list out the feasible options. This will depend on what was found in step one. If the a/c is the culprit of high bills, for example, then options include replacing it with a newer and more efficient model, installing a power saver unit, closing vents in unused rooms, getting a programmable thermostat, etc. Whatever the source of energy waste, there will always be several options, and to really obtain a result, one needs to implement as many of them as they can.
Finally, the last step is to put everything from step 2 into action and measure the results. Once you’ve gotten all of your solutions into place, you’ll need to wait a few months to see if your bill is going down on average. Then you’ll know if you did enough, or if you found a wrong point in step 1.
So hopefully now you fully know how to save electricity and can start using that knowledge to start reducing your energy bill.
byon August 27, 2014
Businesses are always looking to save money on their overhead. Everyone knows the key to successful business is growth. Most business never think about how their lighting systems can drastically change the amount of energy they use and what they pay for it. Consider this! A household using 30 normal light bulbs in a year would create 4500 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions. On the other hand, LED light bulbs, would only produce 450 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions. Imagine how much emissions your commercial property produces. The financial benefits are tremendous, but you will be saving money and helping our environment if you switch to an LED Lighting system for you business.
Carbon dioxide emissions are a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, which have been found to have an effect on global climate change. Because LED lights reduce the amount of carbon output, you are helping save the environment; there will be less waste and disposal hazards, which means less pollution. Take a look below to see all the benefits of installing more LED lighting systems in our communities.
- Receive reductions of between 60% and 90% off your current lighting bill
- Reduction in annual maintenance costs of between 70% and 90% Lower energy consumption
- Helps your business achieve your Carbon reduction commitments
- Improved performance of your lighting with reduced noise and heat output
- Efficiency Led Lights produce more light per watt than incandescent and halogen bulbs
- LED lights last on average 50,000 hours, that is 5 times as long as the best fluorescent bulbs, and up to 30 times longer than halogen bulbs.
- Fluorescent bulbs are very fragile. LED lights are made with solid-state components making them difficult to break.
- LED lights do not contain mercury, unlike fluorescent lamps
- LED lights do not emit UV Radiation
Every business should consider switching to LED Lighting. Not only for the financial benefits but because it is better for our environment. When you install LED lights property you are drastically changing the amount of toxins that are being emitted into our atmosphere. Reduce your carbon copy and save your business money, one LED Light at a time.
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Posted At : October 31, 2014 5:48 AM | Posted By : Kevin Burke
Energy efficiency is a key political football nowadays, with the Labour Party proposing caps on gas and electricity bills, the Coalition providing insulation and boiler replacements through initiatives such as the Green Deal, charities and non-profits raising awareness of fuel poverty, and green pressure groups highlighting the risks of climate change and supporting eco-friendly retrofits as a great way to cut a huge chunk from the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.
But the economic argument for low-carbon domestic renovations may win the day. According to a report from Energy Bill Revolution, entitled 'Building the Future: Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Making Homes Energy Efficient', investments in domestic energy efficiency in order to bring all low-income homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate rating of Band C by 2030 and all other households to this level by 2035 could have a dramatic impact on the nation's fiscal strength.
According to the report, this would increase the UK's GDP by £13.9 billion a year by 2030 - a 0.6% relative improvement - while reducing households' energy bills by a collective £4.95 billion.
Furthermore, every £1 invested in energy efficiency by the government would result in £1.27 in tax revenue and £3.20 returned through GDP, and as many as 108,000 new jobs could be created. The nation's energy security - another important political subject nowadays, especially in light of the National Grid's warnings of a declining electricity capacity - would also be boosted, with gas imports falling by as much as one-quarter.
The report calculated the cost-benefit ration of making low-income households energy-efficient would be a massive 2.27:1, classifying this as a "high value-for-money" infrastructure investment programme. Delivering these renovations would pay for itself by 2024, and would continually generate revenues for the government in the following years, it stated.
The UK would also come significantly closer to achieving its climate change objectives, with annual CO2 emissions falling by 23.6 million tonnes. This is roughly the same reductions the country would see by taking one-third of all vehicles off the road.
Even the NHS would see benefits - every £1 spent on preventing or mitigating fuel poverty would return 42p to the NHS - and overall, the economy would become less reliant on fossil fuels, making it more resilient to changes in the global energy market.
What is the UK's housing stock like now?
Currently, the UK's households are among the least efficient in Western Europe, with property responsible for around 37% of the country's carbon footprint.
Approximately two million UK households, or 10.7% of the populace, are currently in fuel poverty - defined as when a household spends at least 10% of its income on central heating. Although this is around 5% lower than in 2011, the issue is particularly acute among unemployed households, who see a fuel poverty rate of around 30%.
Despite the Energy Company Obligation and the Green Deal, the building insulation market contracted by 22% during 2013, with the installation of solid wall insulation, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation falling by 30%, 87% and 46% respectively, when compared with levels seen through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target over 2012.
Should the government take up the report's recommendations, these declines will come to a halt, and the UK will have effectively dealt with its draughty and inefficient residences.
Posted by Christina Nunez of National Geographic on October 15, 2014
Billing the breakthrough as the “world’s smallest electric generator,” scientists have found a way to translate kinetic energy into power using a material no thicker than a layer of atoms. Researchers imagine that the bendable, stretchable material could be woven into clothing that might power body sensors, medical devices, or a phone in your pocket. The research is detailed in a paper from Columbia Engineering and Georgia Institute of Technology published in Nature.
The development operates using the principle of piezoelectricity, or the production of energy from expanding or squeezing a substance. It’s a long-known effect that has been put to use in special flooring, for example, that converts foot traffic into electricity. (See related story: “Tiles May Help Shrink Carbon Footprint by Harnessing Pedestrian Power“)
The discovery announced Wednesday is the first time the piezoelectric effect has been observed in an atomically thin material, according to the researchers. The two-dimensional layer is made from molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a compound currently used as a dry lubricant in engines, brakes, and even ski wax. (Vote and comment: What Energy Solution Should We Develop Next?)
“This adds another member to the family of piezoelectric materials for functional devices,” said Wenzhuo Wu, one of the study’s authors, in a news release. Other possible applications of the breakthrough, according to the release, include flexible electronics and robotics.
The paper is not the first iteration of the idea that, instead of carrying a charger for our portable devices, we might someday become the charger—or at least wear one. Previous innovations have imagined clothing that conducts electricity from a battery pack, wearable solar panels, flashlights powered by body heat, and pants with an embedded phone-charging plate.
What do you think? Are you ready to become a power source?