You should always save energy, energy crisis or not. We constantly complain about heat, unbearable summer heat scorches towns and villages. However, have you ever wondered what factors contribute to global warming and what role you can play in reducing global warming?
When you reduce or limit your energy consumption, you limit your impact on the environment. Remember that most of the electricity we consume comes from burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, petroleum (oil) and coal, all of which are non-renewable sources.
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The world is in an energy crisis. However, every cloud has a silver lining; maybe now is a good time for us to change our lifestyle, habits and energy use for a better, cleaner and greener future.
Turn off unnecessary fans and lights
Make it a point to turn off the fan and light before leaving a room. If they are not in use, simply turn them off. Tell your family members to do the same.
Turn off the tap while brushing and shaving
Most of us are guilty of leaving the tap running while brushing and/or shaving. Remember that energy is used for the water to reach your home. Turn off a tap when you’re not using the water, saving both water and energy.
Fix a leaking faucet
Take a few minutes to find out if you have a leaky faucet or shower head in your home. If so, fix it! Make sure to close the faucets properly after each use.
Use natural light and task lighting
Do not turn on lights during the day unless it is necessary. Make use of natural light during the day. Open the curtains to let in natural light around the house.
Use task lighting at night instead of lighting up an entire room. For example, if you are going to read, use a laptop, or pursue a hobby, just use a desk lamp or a table lamp. Ceiling lights also raise the temperature in a room, which you don’t want in this already blistering heat.
Take shorter showers
Long showers are bad for the environment, because they lead to excessive use of both water and energy. Your shower time should not exceed 5 to 10 minutes. Also, don’t use warm or hot water unless it’s cold outside. The production of hot water requires enormous energy consumption. Remember that every time you use any form of energy, it has an impact on the environment, as energy comes from burning non-renewable fossil fuels.
Use the air conditioning sparingly
Here in the US, many of us live in centrally air-conditioned homes, but environmentally conscious people don’t turn on their air conditioners until outside temperatures are dangerously high. In the summer months, for example, I open windows around the house to let in natural air in the morning and evening. In our house, if the air conditioner is turned on, it turns on only at the hottest time of the day, that is, the afternoon.
Air conditioners only cool your own home and give you relief from heat, but your relief from heat comes at the expense of the environment. Air conditioning is a major contributing factor to global warming as it uses a huge amount of electricity.
The next time you buy electronics, invest in energy-efficient appliances. Not only will this lower your electricity bill, but it will also have less of an impact on the environment. In addition, replace traditional incandescent light bulbs in the house with LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps.
Have house plants
Houseplants keep your indoor air clean and reduce heat and humidity. Some plants that can keep your home naturally cool include peace lily, devil’s ivy, spider plant, sword fern, snake plant, aloe vera, and palm.
Dress appropriately for the weather
You may be raising an eyebrow after reading this last clue, but dressing properly will save you energy. When your body can breathe, you can tolerate heat and humidity better. Your need for a fan or air conditioning is automatically reduced if you dress sensibly in warm weather. Choose naturally breathable fabrics such as cotton, silk and linen; say yes to light-colored and loose-fitting clothing in high outdoor temperatures; and stay away from tight clothes that hug your body.
Energy crisis is real. Therefore, save energy at every opportunity. A lifestyle change today may justify a greener cleaner tomorrow.