Rabu, 08 Mei 2019

7 Tips to Save Energy Usage at Home

7 Tips to Save Energy Usage at Home

7 Tips to Save Energy Usage at Home - Climate change and the depletion of energy sources are not only a problem for the wider community, but also affect us as individuals. Everyone can actively contribute to protecting the planet we inhabit. You can too! Indonesia is one of the countries that releases a lot of CO2 every year.

How do you contribute to reducing emissions? There are some simple tricks that can be applied on the four walls (houses) of each. In this article, we have compiled some tips that you can apply in everyday life to do something for a greener planet. How to save energy that will reduce carbon footprint, both in the form of small and large activities, and can save your expenses.

1. Wash and rinse properly

Washing machines and dishwashers (diswasher) are one electronic device that consumes electricity in large capacity in your home. It's good that these two machines are used only when absolutely necessary, namely when both are full of dirty clothes and dirty dishes. Experts also recommend that the engine suit be set to wash and rinse at the same time. The latest production detergent is quite effective, so washing laundry and washing with hot water is not necessary. The use of clothes dryers must be limited, if you want to save electricity and expenditure.

You can, for example, wash clothes with a machine and dry them in the sun. For dishwashers, the assumption that washing dishes by hand saves more water turns out to be wrong. If calculated, then a dishwasher filled with dirty dishes turns out to consume less water than manually washing dishes.

2. Make sure the electronic and electrical devices are turned off

One of the easiest but important ways that can be done to save energy is to press the 'off' button on all electronic devices, from PC monitors to televisions and from light switches to washing machines. The standby mode that we often use turns out to consume a lot of electricity, as well as costs. Actually, just turning off electronic devices is not enough. Disconnect the electrical and electronic devices by pressing the 'off' button on the main strip socket. We can save electricity consumption in one easy step and reduce CO2 emissions up to 220 kg per year. Cellphone chargers, shavers and rechargeable batteries must be disconnected from the socket as often as possible.

3. Dim the lights

We also save a lot of energy related to lighting. First is to use sunlight as much as possible and limit the use of artificial light sources. Another important rule that we must remember is to turn off all unused lights and not turn on the lights if there is no one in the room. Automatic motion sensor lights are recommended for corridors and stairs. This light will turn on when there is movement / someone in the area, and die automatically when there is no movement. Speaking of the most appropriate lights, it feels nothing beats the LED lights. Although the price is more expensive than ordinary lights and energy-saving lamps, LED lights consume less energy. By saving 85 percent of energy, the savings you can save are even greater. Energy-saving lamps are indeed energy-friendly solutions, but these lamps contain mercury and must therefore be disposed of in a special landfill for hazardous waste. If possible, you should use a lamp with a dimmer function and use a lampshade to strengthen the light effect.

4. Reducing water consumption

Household water use can be reduced not only by washing and rinsing properly, but also by other means. According to research, about 100 liters of water we consume every day can be saved up to 50% in several simple ways. For example by using a toilet or shower head with a watering system that not only saves water, but also saves money. Turning off the water tap while brushing your teeth or while washing hands is a popular way to save water. In addition, all the water taps in the apartment can be replaced with automatic water taps that add air to the water and ensure less water is wasted. Water and energy can also be saved by taking a shower. The shower spends 60-80 liters of water, while bathing takes 150-200 liters of water. An effort to save expenses that is also beneficial in the long term is the application of the gray water system. This system can clean household wastewater to be used as toilet water sprinklers, water for washing, and watering plants.

5. Improve ventilation

In a four-season country like Germany, a lot of energy is wasted to turn on the room heater when the air temperature is very cold. In contrast, in Indonesia, we use large amounts of electrical energy to turn on air conditioners (AC). Especially in the intense dry season like now. In addition to washing machines, AC is a fairly greedy eater. This can be overcome by turning on the air conditioner when the day is really hot. It should also be considered to bring natural cool air into the house by improving air circulation. Ventilation holes near the roof of the roof are enough to help overcome the heat in the house. Windows and doors should be opened in the morning and evening. Avoid opening doors and windows during the hot day, because this invites heat from outside into the house.

6. Use electrical cookware wisely

In the kitchen we can save energy, which is not to use an electric stove excessively. Some electrical cookware such as tools for boiling water, tools for boiling eggs, or coffee machines use 40 percent less electricity than an electric stove.

This is why we should not use these devices too often. But try to make the boil water not filled too full, because this will make the water boilers work too hard and eat more energy. In accordance with the life cycle assessment (LCA), it is recommended to avoid using coffee and espresso machines that use aluminum bearings and tubes. This device consumes a lot of energy in the manufacturing process and causes pollution. Indeed, there are times when stove use cannot be avoided.

We can still save energy consumption when using the stove by closing the pan or pan so that the cooking boils faster and shortens the time needed for cooking, this can save energy up to approximately 30%, especially if the size of the pan or pan is adjusted to the needs.

7. Use energy-saving electronic devices

Try to pay attention to all electronic devices in our homes. From refrigerators to washing machines, and from electric stoves to televisions. Electronic devices are indeed created to facilitate our lives.

In general, anyone who uses energy saving devices and saves water can reduce spending by 50%. There is no harm in buying expensive but durable electronic devices, because we can save money to buy the same device in the future. It is highly recommended that you always pay attention to energy efficiency specifications when buying electronic devices. Choose electronic devices with specifications A + to A +++.

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