How To Save Electricity Without Putting In Any Extra Effort!
You must hear it a lot - ‘you should save electricity’, but not a lot of people know why. You might think that leaving your air conditioner, charger, fan or a light bulb?switched on for 24 hours is not a big deal. Breaking news - it is!
By saving electricity, you are basically saving energy, which in turn contributes to saving the environment. When the consumption of power is less, there is a reduction in the amount of toxic fumes and chemicals released by power plants, and there is less consumption of natural resources for the production of that electricity.?
Most power plants burn fossil fuels like coal and crude oil - which are exhaustible - and also produce gases like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides in the process, which we obviously know contribute to global warming. So, unless you are using electricity generated by solar power, cutting down on your electricity consumption means you are living a more eco-friendly life.?
Now that we are clear on why to save electricity, lets get to the 'how to' part. Taking these steps are literally the least you can do to contribute towards not messing up the environment further.?
Switch Off Appliances You Do Not Need
Yes, you have a busy life, you are lazy or are just always in a hurry. But, you need to turn off power switches in your home/apartment/pg when you are not using them. Do you know that even when you are not charging your phone on the charger that is plugged in, your electricity bill is still increasing? Same is with AC.
So, not only will you be saving electricity, you will also be saving money, and if your power switches are on all the time, there is no way your electricity bill is meager. Try keeping the switches in your place off for a month, you’ll see the difference in your bill for yourself.?
Unplug Your Electronics Before Leaving Office
It's not just our responsibility to save energy when at home. We need to take care wherever we can. If you are leaving from work, make sure your devices like computers, laptops, and chargers are unplugged. This will ensure that your office uses only the energy required.?
Turn Off House Lights If Decorative Lights Are On
With holidays around the corner, almost all of us decorate our places with pretty LEDs or coloured bulbs or decorative lights, and they are on almost all the time, especially during the night.
In their glow you really do not need your regular house lights. Be practical and switch those off.?
Declutter Your Fridge
Do you know that the more your fridge is cluttered, the more energy it uses? The bread kept at the back expired seven days ago, it's time to get it out. Remove all the unnecessary items from your fridge, keep it light and there will be less energy consumption.?
Cover Pans And Saucers
If you use pans to boil water, cover them with a lid.
Not only will it prevent the release of heat and heat water or food faster, but it will also consume less energy.?
Use Natural Lighting
If you are someone whose house receives natural sunlight, put that to good use. Open your windows, turn up those blinds. Let that light get in.?
Turn Off Burners Just Before Your Food Is Cooked
This is a secret trick that will not only cook your food better, but also help you save energy. While cooking, turn off the burners just a few minutes before you are done.
Pans and other cooking utensils store up heat and use that to further cook the food; thus you end up saving energy without compromising on your food.
Cut Shower Time
This is not a 'save water' article, so that's not what I'm about to tell you (although, that's a bonus), bear with me. Hot water costs more. Cutting down on your shower time will mean cutting down on your energy consumption and the electricity bill.?
Turn Off The TV
Again, this works the same as air conditioner - even when you are not watching TV, keeping the power switch on consumes electricity.
This contributes to both your bill and the emissions in the environment. TURN IT OFF.?
Check Doors And Windows
If the door of your room or any window in the house is cracked or broken, your air conditioner will consume more power to cool the room; it just might never because all the air might be passing through the leaks in your apartment. To ensure that you are not wasting electricity, you need to ensure that there are no leaks in your house, especially the rooms with air conditioners.
Take Up Reading
Well, you might be wondering how that is going to help you save electricity. The more time you spend reading, the more time you are away from your electronic devices, the less number of times you will charge them, thus save more electricity.
Plus reading is a good habit to take up. Or you could do puzzles. Or pottery. Basically, anything that will distract your from your electronic fortress of solitude.
Cool, Coloured Roofs
So, you know how they say that you should wear more cool colours in the summer, as they reflect heat, as opposed to wearing colors like black that absorb it? Well, the same works for walls and roofs. As a rule, make sure that the roof of a room is painted in light colours. It would ensure that it absorbs the least amount of heat, which will directly impact your energy consumption.?
Keep Your Cupboards Closed
You might not think this is a big deal, but keeping your closets and cupboards shut can help cool or heat a room faster - whatever it is you are looking to achieve.
The air will not travel or be absorbed by elements in the closet, making sure it is concentrated where you need it in the room.?
These steps require next to no efforts on your part and we hope that you adopt them to save electricity, your bill and the environment.?
Illustration By Ranak Mann