World Energy Conservation Day – 14th December 2020
World Energy Conservation Day
World Energy Conservation Day is celebrated every year on 14th of December. Energy is an essential element to sustain our lives but unfortunately the same source that is making earth habitable for us is making earth inhabitable itself. The energy we consume is extracted in majority by burning fossil fuels, which is causing global warming by producing harmful gases directly into the atmosphere and depleting the ozone layer as well.
Why energy conservation should be our first priority?
Energy conservation is important. If we don’t realise it today, we will hamper our upcoming generation. As we are the generation who commenced Technology in the first place, it is our moral duty to make others aware how to conserve out Earth from the harms that come along with this. Energy Conservation is beneficial for many reasons. Taking you into account first, you save money from utilising less energy, increase your property value, and protect the environment all through simple energy-saving measures. There are great benefits you can gain from saving energy no matter your exact motivation for conservation is in the first place. By simply taking small step towards living a more energy-conscious lifestyle, you can begin to enjoy all of the perks of being energy efficient.
Today on World Energy Conservation Day, let us all take an initiative to reduce the utilization of energy from our end and promote healthy living and happy earth globally.
Steps to Promote Energy Conservation
Amend your behaviour day-to-day
To reduce energy consumption in your home, you do not necessarily need to go out and purchase energy efficient products. Energy conservation can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when you do not need them. You can also use energy-intensive appliances less by performing household tasks manually, such as hang-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer, or washing dishes by hand. Today, Energy efficient devices are also replacing the traditional home appliances. You can change your current device to energy efficient devices.
Replace your light bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume an excessive amount of electricity and must be replaced more often than their energy efficient alternatives. Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use anywhere from 25-80% less electricity and last three to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
Use smart power strips
The electricity used by electronics when they are turned off or in standby mode, are a major source of energy waste. In fact, it is estimated that 75% of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when they are switched off. Regularily check your device and keep them shut when not in use. Like in winters you can skip your 24*7 refrigerators and help the earth in a better manner.
Purchase energy efficient appliances
On average, appliances are responsible for roughly 13% of your total household energy use. When purchasing an appliance, you should pay attention to two numbers: the initial purchase price and the annual operating cost. Although energy efficient appliances usually have higher purchase prices, but a little cut in your monthly shopping can help live the earth a little longer.
Reduce your water heating expenses
Water heating is a major contributor to your total energy consumption. Also heated water is low in BOD, (Biological Oxygen Demand) which means that heated water can no longer serve as a medium for water animals and plants to live. Other than purchasing an energy efficient water heater, there are three methods of reducing your water heating expenses: you can simply use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, or insulate your water heater and the first six feet of hot and cold water pipes.
Install energy efficient windows
Windows are significant source of energy waste, which can amount to 10-25% of your total heating bill. To prevent heat loss through your windows, you can replace single-pane windows with double-pane ones. In warmer climates, heat gain through windows may be a problem. In addition to minimizing heat loss, low-e coatings on windows can reduce heat gain by reflecting more light and lowering the amount of thermal energy diffused into your home.
Upgrade your HVAC system
An HVAC system is composed of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. Heating alone is responsible for more than 40% of home energy use. Because homes in Northern regions are exposed to much colder temperatures during the year, ENERGY STAR gas furnaces have different specifications in the northern and southern halves of the United States.Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR certification can save you up to 12% on your heating bill.
Weatherize your home
Weatherizing, or sealing air leaks around your home, is a great way to reduce your heating and cooling expenses. The most common sources of air leaks into your home are vents, windows, and doors. To prevent these leaks, you should ensure that there are no cracks or openings between the wall and vent, window, or doorframe.
Insulate your home
Insulation plays a key role in lowering your utility bills through retaining heat during the winter and keeping heat out of your home during the summer. The recommended level of heat resistance, or “R-value,” for your insulation depends on where you live. In warmer climates, the recommended R-value is much lower than for buildings located in colder regions like the Northeast.