Our beloved Earth is billions of years old, considering the first life forms that walked on this planet. Since those ancient times, civilizations have been flourishing with time, leading to the revolutionized scenarios that we see today. From the first manned flight by the Wright brothers to the launch of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg, we have witnessed some of the most wonderful events of all time. However, these extraordinary changes in our planet were accompanied with some worrying ones as well.
All throughout the world, the demand for energy has been skyrocketing. In the coming years, the consumption of electricity is expected to grow twice its current level. This has led to scholars, companies, governments and societies focusing on fulfilling the increasing energy demand with innovative ways of producing safe and sustainable energy. As individuals, we must also focus on making a few adjustments to reduce unwanted wastage of energy and leave a positive impact on the environment.
Switch your incandescent light bulbs to CFLs or LED bulbs
For a standard incandescent light bulb, 90 percent of its energy is given off as heat while only 10 percent converts to light. On the other hand, LED light bulbs are not only affordable at nearby stores but also use up to 75% less energy than normal light bulbs. Both CFLs and LEDs are also more efficient and last for several years longer than incandescent bulbs. Worried about these lights hampering the beautiful look of your rooms? Well do not worry, since these CFLs and LEDs come in hundreds of shapes and styles and a wide variety of colors!
Adjust your AC/ Heating needs
Adjusting your thermostat based on the temperature outside and surrounding environment can not only cut down on your electricity bills, but also consume less energy. Rather than freezing yourself with lower AC temperatures in a hot summer evening, it is a better idea to simply raise the thermostat and let our bodies adjust to the surroundings. If needed, you can even switch on your fans. Surely, blowing air on yourself takes less energy than turning hot air into cold. It is also a smart idea to keep windows shut during summer to reduce the heat while allowing natural light in winter to keep the room warm.
Use ENERGY STAR appliances
Indeed, these are the STARs when it comes to the world of energy consumption, winning the hearts of millions of consumers today. Electronic appliances such as refrigerators, microwave ovens, laptops, printers, etc. are labelled “ENERGY STAR”, indicating these products are energy efficient. Switching to ENERGY STAR appliances can significantly reduce energy consumption, reduce home utility bills and contribute to protecting the environment.
Change the way you travel
A common problem whose name when mentioned brings a frown to every citizen’s face is traffic jam. We spend minutes, even hours, sitting in traffic as we commute from one place to another. This also means wastage of energy along with a wastage of time, as we keep our air conditioners turned on. Thus, we could cut this energy use by using public transportation or carpooling with coworkers and friends. Walking and cycling to commute can also help to reduce energy consumption and provide us with health benefits.
Ensure drought-proofing or insulation in your homes
Well-insulated homes help to control the temperature in rooms by controlling the amount of energy needed to heat or cool the place. Insulation can be added to roofs or ceilings, attics or even pillars to get this benefit. In addition, sealing the gaps or cracks in walls or windows can also helps reduce wastage of energy by keeping rooms cooler. Overall, this reduces energy consumption by reducing the need to switch on heaters or air conditioners.
These are some of the many different ways by which we can reduce our energy consumption and make this world a better place to live in. The amount of energy consumption, vanishing energy reserves and production of energy are some of the most highlighted issues in the world today. While the various companies and the governments are doing their part, let us not forget our responsibilities and duties.