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.