Habits that ruin your home energy efficiency are easily acquired with all the daily tasks and duties we all have.
However, energy-efficient homes have been trendy in the past few years, and people have been investing heavily into having good insulation or better building materials. Unfortunately, often, people do not even realize that they do things wrongly, and unintentionally waste energy. Their money-sipping habits hence contribute to higher greenhouse gas emissions.
Here is a list of the things that many of us do, often without even realizing, and some useful tips on how to break the bad habits once and for all. If you follow these energy efficiency measures, you will not only be doing good for the environment, but you might find yourself having some extra cash in your pocket every month.
1. Unplug appliances
Keeping appliances plugged in when they are not in use drains a lot of energy, without us even noticing. Yes, I guess the amount for one particular item, like your cell phone charger for example, can be insignificant for a short period of time. However, a simple math will tell you that when you add up your cell phone charger, your partner’s cell phone charger, the TV left on stand-by, your laptop charger plugged in, and a few kitchen bits and beauty machines left plugged in because of the morning rush, and multiply this by the number of days in a month, the energy savings are not at their best. Apparently, unplugging unused appliances could improve energy efficiency in your home by 10 percent or more.
- Find a place in the room where you can put a box to store all chargers, something like a bowl for keys next to the door. Every time you need to charge your phone, take the charger out of there, let it do its job, then unplug it and safely place it back in its box. In this way, you will develop a healthy habit, and at the same time, you will always know where that charger is.
- Use power strips to plug all appliances that would normally be left on stand by, like computers, DVD players and TVs. When they are not in use, just turn the power strip off and everything goes to sleep at once. Think of investing in singular extensions for individual switches. In this way, your coffee machine or water boiler can take a break when you are off to work.